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May 21, 2012 / nashvilleonthemove

Center Hill Lake | Nashville Waterfront

For week two of our Nashville Waterfront series, we will be exploring Center Hill Lake located in Smithville, Tenn., about an hour east of Nashville.

Center Hill Lake was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1946 as a multi-purpose project for development of water resources, including electricity production and flood control. The Center Hill Dam was completed four years later in 1948; it stands 260 feet high.

Center Hill is 64 miles upstream, nestled along the Cumberland Plateau, and covers an area of 18,220 square feet with the capacity to hold 762,000 acre feet of water. At its deepest point it is 190 feet. The lake boasts 415 miles of undeveloped shoreline showcasing Tennessee’s beauty in its most natural state. Major tributaries of Center Hill Lake include Caney Fork River, Collins River, Rocky River and the Falling Water.


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