Looking for lake property in Tennessee? Did you know that lake FRONT doesn’t necessarily mean lake ACCESS in Tennessee? The thick perimeter of land surrounding every major waterway in this state is technically owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or the Tennessee Valley Authority. As a result, they dictate what you can and cannot do on that piece of property between your house and the lake.
When we began exploring lake real estate in Tennessee, we started with Dover, TN. Here’s why we ultimately decided NOT to build on Lake Barkley or Kentucky Lake. While definitely beautiful lakes — and a great place to visit — we just couldn’t see ourselves living there. Here’s why…
We still have so many questions about living in the Dover area. The prices for the land seems quite reasonable — for waterfront no less! But the only ‘odd’ thing is that waterfront doesn’t necessarily mean water access.
We had so much fun just riding around Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. While Dover is a really small town (it’s also the county seat), it’s fairly quaint and clean and quiet. At least that’s how it seemed to us — our first impression.
We are going to start our search for lake property at Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley — the northern part of Middle Tennessee, near the Kentucky/Tennessee border.