Wolf Creek Dam on the Cumberland River near Jamestown Kentucky

There seems to be a lot of information out there on the Wolf Creek Dam Project. One of the articles describes the concern of neighboring towns should the dam break in lieu of a speedy repair. Others talk about the expensive cost of repairs and length of time it’s going to take to complete the project. I have added several links for a more accurate and complete list of information on this project.

The Wolf Creek Dam is a multi-purpose dam on the Cumberland River in the western part of Russell County, KentuckyUnited States. The dam serves at once four distinct purposes: it generates hydroelectricity; it regulates and limits flooding; it releases stored water to permit year-round navigation on the lower Cumberland River; and it creates Lake Cumberland for recreation, which has become a popular tourist attraction. Because of seepage problems in the dam’s foundation, it has become the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers‘ top dam priority U.S. Route 127 is built on top of the dam.


Wolf Creek Dam

Location: KY

Operator: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Configuration: 6 X 45 MW propeller
Operation: 1951-1952
T/G supplier: BLH, GE, Hitachi
Quick facts: Lake Cumberland is the second largest lake in the Cumberland River System and covers parts of seven counties in Southeastern Kentucky. The Wolf Creek Project was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1938 and the Rivers and Harbor Act of 1946. Construction began in Aug 1941 and after a 3yr delay caused by World War II, the project was completed in Aug 1952.  The concrete gravity and earthfill dam reaches 258ft in height: it is 5,736ft long. The cost of the project was $80.4mn.    http://www.industcards.com/hydro-usa-ky.htm






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