Laurel River Lake
Lying in the heart of the beautiful Daniel Boone National Forest, Laurel River Lake provides more than 5,600 acres of deep, clear Kentucky water and 200-plus miles of tree-lined shores, making it ideal for boating, skiing, swimming, scuba diving, fishing, hiking, canoeing, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, picnicking and more.
Seven boating ramps and two marinas ensure easy accessibility (boat and pontoon rentals available) to one of Kentucky’s deepest and cleanest lakes. Anglers are attracted to Laurel River Lake’s abundant black bass, rainbow trout, walleye, crappie, blue gill and catfish, as well as trout night-fishing in the summertime. Quiet coves and cliff-lined shores offer relaxation, respite and wildlife viewing, featuring a resident population of giant Canadian geese and wintering bald eagles. The swimming beach and picnic area at the spillway of the Laurel River Dam are fun family favorites. And the lake’s clear water, great depths and submerged rock formations make it a popular year-round destination for scuba-diving expeditions.