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Rough River Lake, Kentucky
Rough River Lake was designed and built by the Louisville District of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. The lake serves as a unit of the comprehensive plan for the Ohio River Basin to effect reduction in flood stages downstream from the dam. The lake provides water supply and serves to augment low-flow conditions downstream in the interest of water quality control. In addition, the lake provides general and fish and wildlife recreation. The lake was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1938. Construction was initiated in November 1955 and the project became operational in June 1961. Rough River Lake lies within the "Clifty" area of the Pennyroyal Region of Kentucky. The term "Pennyroyal" or "Pennyrile," used interchangeably, denotes an area exceeding 11,000 square miles. The name derives from a plant of the mint family which grows profusely throughout the area. The Clifty area comprises the western edge of the Pennyroyal region and was carved by streams through alternating layers of sandstone, shale and limestone, formed in shallow seas of the remote geologic past. These rock layers have been assigned by geologists to the Chester Series of Late Mississippian Geologic Age, a period estimated to have existed about 300,000,000 years ago. More lake information!
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