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  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers impounded Kentucky’s Lake Barkley in 1966. A dam impounds the Cumberland River near the town of Grand Rivers, roughly 38 miles up stream from where it empties...

  • Campton Lake is located in Wolfe County north of Campton, Kentucky. Campton Lake can be reached from the Mountain Parkway which the lake parallels. Campton Lake was built in 1963 and opened to fish...

  • Yatesville Lake State Park in Kentucky is a recreational facility in the eastern part of the commonwealth, close to the town of Louisa, Kentucky in Lawrence County. It opened in 1999 and features a...

  • Willisburg Lake is a 126-acre (0.51 km sq) reservoir in Washington County, Kentucky. It was created in 1969.

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  • Williamstown Lake is a 300-acre (1.2 km sq) reservoir in Grant County, Kentucky. It was created in 1955 by impounding the South Fork of Grassy Creek.

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  • Wilgreen Lake is a 169-acre (0.68 km sq) reservoir in Madison County, Kentucky. It was constructed in 1966.

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  • Taylorsville Lake is a 3,050-acre (12.3 km sq) artificial lake or dam located mainly in Spencer County, Kentucky. Construction by the United States Army Corps of Engineers started in 1974, and floo...

  • Swan Lake is a lake in Ballard County, Kentucky. At 300 acres (1.2 km sq), it is the largest natural lake in Kentucky. It is part of a twelve-lake confederation known as Cummins Tract Lakes.

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  • Shelby Lake is a 100-acre (0.40 km2) natural lake in Ballard County, Kentucky, and is one of only three major natural lakes in the state. It is part of the Ballard County Wildlife Management Area a...

  • Shanty Hollow Lake is a 135-acre (0.55 km sq) reservoir mostly in Warren County, Kentucky, but also extending into Edmonson County. It was constructed in 1951. The lake is located approximately 17 ...

  • Rough River Lake is a 5,100-acre (21 km sq) reservoir in Breckinridge, Grayson, and Hardin counties in Kentucky. It was impounded from the Rough River in 1959 by the United States Army Corps of Eng...

  • Nolin River Lake is a reservoir in Edmonson, Grayson, and Hart counties in Kentucky. It was impounded from the Nolin River by the United States Army Corps of Engineers in 1963. The Nolin River dam ...

  • Martins Fork Lake is a 340-acre (1.4 km sq) reservoir in Harlan County, Kentucky. The lake was impounded from a branch of the Cumberland River in 1979 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. ...

  • Lake Malone is a 788-acre (3.19 km sq) artificial lake in Logan, Muhlenberg, and Todd counties in Kentucky. It was impounded from Rocky Creek in 1961 and named for Mr. and Mrs. Wallace C. Malone wh...

  • Lake Linville is a 356-acre (1.44 km sq) artificial lake in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. It was created in 1968. The dam is a highway fill embankment along Interstate 75.

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  • Kincaid Lake is a 183-acre (0.74 km sq) artificial lake in Pendleton County, Kentucky. It was created in 1961 by impounding Kincaid Creek, a branch of the Licking River. It is the primary attractio...

  • Kentucky Lake is a major navigable reservoir along the Tennessee River in Kentucky and Tennessee. Created in 1944 by the Tennessee Valley Authority's impounding of the Tennessee River by Kentucky D...

  • Herrington Lake is a 2,335-acre (9 km sq) artificial lake located in Mercer, Garrard and Boyle counties in Kentucky, USA. The lake was created by Kentucky Utilities' damming of the Dix River, a tri...

  • Guist Creek Lake is a 317-acre (1.3 km sq) reservoir about five miles (8 km) east of Shelbyville, Kentucky. It was created in 1961 by impounding Guist Creek. The lake has 27 miles (43 km) of shorel...

  • Greenbo Lake is a 181-acre (0.73 km sq) reservoir nestled in the Appalachian foothills of Greenup County, Kentucky. The lake was jointly created in 1955 by the Greenbo Lake Association.


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  • Grayson Lake is a 1,500-acre (6.1 km sq) reservoir in Carter and Elliott counties in Kentucky. It was created by the United States Army Corps of Engineers in 1968 by impounding the Little Sandy Riv...

  • Fishtrap Lake is a 1,130-acre (5 km sq) reservoir in Pike County, Kentucky. Dedicated by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968, The lake was formed by the impounding of the Levisa Fork of the Big San...

  • Elmer Davis Lake is a 149-acre (0.60 km sq) reservoir in Owen County, Kentucky. It was created in 1958 by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, and was named for a former commissi...

  • Dewey Lake, located near Prestonsburg, Kentucky in Floyd County, is part of the integrated flood reduction system operated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers for the entire Ohio River Bas...

  • The Dale Hollow Reservoir is a reservoir situated on the Kentucky/Tennessee border. The lake is formed by the damming of the Obey River, 7.3 miles (12 km) above its juncture with the Cumberland Riv...

  • Cranks Creek Lake is a 219-acre (0.89 km sq) reservoir in Harlan County, Kentucky. It was created in 1963.

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  • Cedar Creek Lake is a 784-acre (317 ha) reservoir in eastern Lincoln County, Kentucky, USA, between Stanford and Crab Orchard along U.S. Highway 150. Cedar Creek Lake is the second largest state-co...

  • Carr Creek Lake (formerly Carr Fork Lake), located east of Hazard, Kentucky, along Kentucky Route 15 in Knott County, is a 710 acres (3 km sq) reservoir created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ...

  • Lake Carnico is a 114-acre (0.46 km sq) artificial lake in Nicholas County, Kentucky. It was constructed in 1962.

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  • Cannon Creek Lake is a 243-acre (0.98 km sq) reservoir in Bell County, Kentucky. It was built in 1972.

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  • Lake Beshear is a 760-acre (3.1 km sq) reservoir located in Caldwell and Christian counties in Kentucky. Impounded in 1962, the lake lies within the Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park.

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  • Bullock Pen Lake, located between Boone County and Grant County in Kentucky, is a 134 acres (54 ha) reservoir constructed in 1963 by the damming of Bullock Pen Creek.

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  • Buckhorn Lake, located south of Buckhorn, Kentucky, United States and northwest of Hazard, Kentucky off Kentucky Route 28, is a 1,230-acre (5 km2) reservoir created by the Army Corps of Engineers i...

  • Boltz Lake, located in Grant County, Kentucky, is a 92-acre (370,000 m sq), reservoir.

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  • Beaver Lake is a 158 acre (64 ha) artificial lake in Anderson County, Kentucky. Created in 1963, it is owned by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

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  • Barren River Lake is a 10,100 acres (41 km sq), reservoir in Kentucky created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1964 by impounding the Barren River. The lake occupies parts of Allen, Barren, a...

  • Washburn Lake is located in Ohio County on Washburn Lake Road approximately 5 miles northeast of Hartford off State Highway 69. This lake was purchased by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildli...

  • Wood Creek Lake is located in Laurel County about 6 miles northwest of London. The dam is a highway fill embankment on Interstate 75 about 9 miles north of London. This lake was completed in 1969. ...

  • Pan Bowl Lake was formed by a channel relocation of the South Fork of the Kentucky River and the emplacement of two highway-fill dams. This lake is located in Breathitt County just north of Jackson...

  • Metcalfe County Lake is located approximately 4 miles north of the Edmonton, next to the County park. The lake is owned by Metcalfe County. A concrete boat ramp with limited parking is available. T...

  • McNeely is located in Jefferson County approximately 15 miles south of Louisville off Cooper Chapel Road. Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources was built in 1953 and opend to public fishing in ...

  • Mill Creek Lake is located in the Natural Bridge State Park, which has a lodge, restaurant, camping and numerous natural arches. This lake was built in 1963 and opened to fishing the same year. Rep...

  • Marion County Lake is located in Marion County about 10 miles south of Lebanon off Highway 208. This lake, owned by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, was built in 1953 and ope...

  • Fishpond Lake is located in Letcher County approximately 2.5 miles southwest of Jenkins off U. S. 119. The lake was built in 1964. Facilities include a launching ramp, picnic area, basketball court...

  • Cornith lake is located in Grant County approximately 3 miles west of Corinth. This lake, owned by the Kentucky Deprtment of Fish and Wildlife Resources, was built in 1963 and opend to fishing the ...

  • Chenoa Lake is located in Bell County approximately 15 miles west of Pineville on Highway 190. This lake was built in 1953 and was opened to public fishing in 1955. Facilities include a swimming ar...

  • Carpenter Lake, owned by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, is located off Highway 405 in Daviess County approximately 10 miles northeast of Owensboro. Facilities include a con...

  • Briggs Lake is located approximately 2 miles north of Russellville off Highway 79 in Logan County. This lake is owned by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. A concrete launching...

  • Beulah Lake is located in Jackson County approximately 2.5 miles north of Tyner on U.S. Highway 421. This lake was built in 1969. There is a launching area near the dam.

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  • Green River Lake is located in south-central Kentucky, roughly 100 miles south of Louisville. The dam about 306 miles above the mouth of Green River is the reason for the lake’s existence; they both...
  • Livingston to I-75 Bridge
    This section of river is rated as Class I+. Put in is at the Wilderness Road Ford just south of Livingston on U.S. 25. The put in is on private land. Please respect t...

  • Big Branch to "Concrete Bridge" (KY 715)
    This 10.8 mile section of the river is a Class II to III whitewater stream of unparalleled beauty. The put in point is at Big Branch; 1.7 mil...

  • KY 204 at Redbird Bridge to KY 90 at Cumberland Falls State Park
    The take out for this section of river is 200 yards above Cumberland Falls on the right side of the river. Paddlers failing to ...

  • KY 715 "Concrete Bridge" to KY 77 "Iron Bridge"
    This 8.5 mile section begins at KY 715 and twists and turns through the center of the Red River Gorge Geological Area, past ...

  • KY 1956 to KY 192 (Bee Rock Campground)
    This section of river is designated a State Wild River and includes one of the most challenging white water runs in Kentucky. It is a long 16.9 mile str...

  • KY 77 to Schoolhouse Branch
    This is an approximately 2 mile Class I section that remains very scenic as it winds along then finally runs out of the Red River Gorge. The take out is on the righ...

  • Cumberland Falls to Mouth of Laurel
    The River "below the falls" is one of the few white water runs that can be made year round. It is rated as a Class III with several difficult rapi...

  • Laurel River Lake, on London District, with its cliff-lined shores and quiet coves, is a favorite destination for thousands of visitors each year. They come to boat, fish, swim, and relax at one of...

  • Kentucky’s Lake Cumberland is one of the largest man-made bodies of water east of the Mississippi River. It is among the largest of all Kentucky lakes; it covers over 63,000 surface acres, ha...

  • Situated in the rugged, scenic landscape of northeastern Kentucky, Cave Run Lake on Cumberland District offers outstanding and varied recreational opportunities. The 8,270-acre lake is located sout...