Kentucky Reservoir

Kentucky Reservoir Land Management Plan

Reservoir Land Management Plans (RLMPs) effectively guide land use approvals, private water use facility permitting and resource management decisions on TVA-managed public land.

Kentucky Reservoir is one of eight reservoirs included in the Multiple RLMPs project which was approved by the TVA Board of Directors on August 23, 2017.

Kentucky Reservoir is an impoundment of the Tennessee River formed by Kentucky Dam, which is located at Tennessee River Mile 22.4. Kentucky Reservoir is situated in Calloway, Livingston, Lyon and Trigg counties in Kentucky, and in Benton, Carroll, Decatur, Hardin, Henderson, Henry, Houston, Humphreys, Perry, Stewart and Wayne counties in west Tennessee.

Around Kentucky Reservoir there are over 12,000 acres in state wildlife management areas, which offer small game, large game and waterfowl hunting as well as wildlife viewing opportunities and hiking trails.

The reservoir is home to many varieties of fish, including largemouth and smallmouth bass, catfish, bluegill and sauger. Kentucky Reservoir is regarded as one of the premiere crappie destinations in the country.

Scope

The scope of the Kentucky RLMP is the 74,713.6 acres of TVA public land shown in the maps below. The Kentucky RLMP contains a regional overview, information about the environment around the reservoir and descriptions of each parcel of land. The reservoir property is divided into parcels, and each parcel is assigned a single land use allocation zone. Descriptions of the allowable land uses within each land planning zone are available here.

Kentucky Reservoir Land Management Plan

Maps

Individual parcel allocations can be examined on the maps below:

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Reservoir Land Management Plan Viewer

Allocation Changes

After approval of an RLMP by TVA, all future uses of TVA public lands on that reservoir must then be consistent with the allocations within the RLMP. In accordance TVA policies and guidelines, allocation changes are only allowable under limited circumstances. The attachment at the link below describes the land use allocation changes that have occurred on Kentucky Reservoir since the 2017 RLMP was completed.

Allocation Changes

Land Allocation Acreage

TVA land around Kentucky Reservoir has been allocated for certain land uses as summarized in the table below.

Allocation Designation* Acreage
Zone 2Project Operations1,294.8
Zone 3Sensitive Resource Management5,281.1
Zone 4Natural Resource Conservation55,314.2
Zone 5Industrial2,075.4
Zone 6Developed Recreation5,006.7
Zone 7Developed Recreation5,741.4
Total74,713.6

*Zone 1 is Non-TVA Shoreland with TVA land rights and does not change as a result of the lands planning process..

Environmental Review

TVA’s land planning methodology incorporates the environmental review process established under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA requires federal agencies to consider the effects of their proposed projects on the human and natural environment before final decisions are made.

Final Environmental Impact Statement

It is important to note that RLMPs are programmatic plans that designate potential allowable land uses as defined in the land use zone definitions and do not involve specific land actions. TVA would complete an appropriate site-specific environmental review prior to proposed development or activity on TVA public land.

Kentucky Reservoir Facts

TVA Land: 74,713.6 acres
TVA Parcels: 578
Shoreline: 2,064 miles
Water Surface: 160,300 acres

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