Paducah to Kentucky Lake

From Paducah we continued up the Ohio River to where the Cumberland River empties into the Ohio. The Cumberland took us about 20 miles to Kentucky Lake after transiting a lock. Kentucky Lake is part of the Tennessee Valley Administration (TVA) systems of locks and dams which form a waterway that enables to get to the Gulf of Mexico without having to transit the Mississippi. Each lock and dam is a hydro-electricity generating plant. The Cumberland was delightful, a sunny day, very rural, winding, and scenic. Our overnight destination was the Green Turtle Bay Marina on Kentucky Lake. But, after transiting the lock from the Cumberland River to Kentucky Lake the weather turned nasty. The winds were from the south, a long fetch unimpeded up the lake which translated into three-foot waves. For our boat three-foot waves on the bow are not particularly uncomfortable although we did take some water over the bow. As soon as we turned west into the channel leading to the marina, the wind virtually disappeared. The pictures are some of we saw along the way.

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