Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley Conditions


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Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley Levels & Water Conditions

Water Temps
Kentucky Lake¹ 82 °
Kentucky Dam 82 °
Barkley Dam 82 °
Normal Temp² 85 °
¹ Reported at Murray State's Hancock Biological Station near Eggner's Ferry Bridge

² Based on archived fishing reports and normal air temperatures.  Click here for a chart of normal water temps.

Explanation of Values

= Fluctuating.  Fluctuating is defined here by lake levels rising and falling by at least one tenth of a foot during the past eight hours.

S = Steady.  Steady is defined here by lake levels remaining steady or fluctuating by less than one tenth of a foot during the past eight hours.

= Rising.  Rising is defined here by the lake levels increasing consistently during the past eight hours.

= Falling.  Falling is defined here by the lake levels decreasing consistently during the past eight hours.

cfs = cubic feet per second, which is the amount of water that is discharged through the dams.  Day 1 Forecasts are for today, Day 2 tomorrow, and so on.

About Lake Elevations

Lake elevation is based on sea-level.  Strength of current is based on the discharge rate at the dams.  Kentucky Lake is much larger than Lake Barkley, so 100,000 cfs at Barkley Dam produces stronger current than 100,000 cfs at Kentucky Dam.  Use this unofficial chart to compare current strengths.

Elevations are provided by TVA.  Current forecasts are provided by the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center.
Kentucky Lake/Barkley Lake Upper Elevation
Kentucky Lake Lake Barkley
Upper Stage > 358.4 ' 358.3 '
24-Hour Change > 0.0 ' 0.1 '
Normal Stage > 358.7 ' 358.7 '
Norm Departure > -0.3 ' -0.4 '
7/23 Forecast > 358.3 ' N/A
7/24 Forecast > 358.5 ' N/A
Kentucky Lake/Barkley Lake Lower Elevation
Kentucky Lake Lake Barkley
Lower Stage > 300.5 ' 303.6 '
24-Hour Change > 0.3 ' 1.9 '
Normal Stage > 302.0' 302.0'
Norm Departure > -1.5 ' +1.6 '
Information last updated at 12 pm 7/22/2014 .
All times Central.
Kentucky/Barkley Extremes
Kentucky Lake Lake Barkley
 Record High > 372.49'
5/04/2011
372.49'
5/04/2011
Record Low > 348.02'
3/11/1961
352.30'
4/19/1982
Record cfs > N/A 303,000 5/4/2010
Lower Rec. High > N/A 350.8'
5/4/2010
Special Lake Information & Notices
With the arrival of July, that means it is time for TVA to slowly draw down Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley toward winter pool. Winter pool stage is 354'. The descent is very slow and winter pool is usually reached by the end of November.

Typical summer pool elevation (359') is only around for two months - May and June.
Water Conditions & Current
Kentucky Lake Lake Barkley
Clarity > Generally Clear Normal
Strength > Low Average
Hourly cfs > 25,514 16,000
Day 1 Forecast > 32,000 14,000
Day 2 Forecast > 30,000 14,000
Day 3 Forecast > 23,000 16,000
Day 4 Forecast > 23,000 16,000
Day 5 Forecast > 27,000 10,000

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