Cave Run Lake
Lying in the northernmost tip of the Daniel Boone National Forest, Cave Run Lake features more than 8,000 acres of outdoor fun. Whether you’re an angler, hiking enthusiast or all about water recreation, Cave Run Lake makes for the perfect summer getaway.
Just 60 miles east of Lexington, this 8,270-acre lake features all kinds of recreation opportunities. Cave Run Lake is a water lovers’ paradise with a bevy of opportunities for boating, swimming, water skiing, tubing and jet-skiing. Launch your boat, kayak or canoe from one of the lake’s 12 accessible boat ramps. Don’t own a boat? You’ll find boat rentals at Longbow and Scott Creek Marinas. Vendors offer a variety of vessels for rent, including fishing boats, pontoons, paddle boats, houseboats and more. You can also schedule your Cave Run vacation around can’t-miss events, like the annual Regatta Sailboat Race held each fall.
If you prefer to stay dry on your adventure, try mountain biking or horseback riding. Hikers can explore the winding forest trails, a perfect opportunity for spotting wildlife. Cave Run Lake is a must for anglers too. Reel in 150 different species of fish in the Muskie Capital of the South. Looking for a unique fishing trip experience? Take a guided fishing excursion or explore the Minor E. Clark Fish Hatchery.
For a more laid-back experience, pack some grub and relax at Billy Branch or Boat Gunnel picnic areas, or spend a peaceful day at one of the spacious swimming beaches. Here, nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts alike can enjoy a natural getaway destination within the beautiful and majestic mountains of The Kentucky Wildlands.
Cave Run Area Camping
Looking to extend your adventure? Stay at one of nearly 400 campsites (including designated RV hookups). Popular area campgrounds include Claylick Boat-In Campground, Clear Creek Campground, Paragon Dispersed Camping Area, White Sulphur Horse Camp, Zilpo Recreation Area and Twin Knobs Recreation Area. Cave Run Lake-area campgrounds feature primitive, RV and cabin campsites, so you can enjoy your favorite style of camping on your overnight adventure. Just keep in mind that these campsites fill up quickly, so it’s best to make reservations in advance of your visit.
Contact the Cumberland Ranger District Office and Visitor Center at 606-776-5456 for more information on your Cave Run Lake adventure. You can also contact Morehead-Rowan County Tourism at 606-780-4342.