Laurel River Lake is located on London Ranger District and features 5,600 acres of clear, deep water and nearly 200 miles of tree-lined shore. The quiet coves and cliff-lined shores offer relaxation and quiet reflection, as well as boating, fishing, skiing and scuba diving in one of the deepest and cleanest lakes in Kentucky. Fishing for black bass, rainbow trout, walleye, crappie, blue gill and catfish is excellent. Night fishing for trout is also popular during the summer months.
The U.S. Forest Service administers the lake and surrounding shoreline. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers oversees the operation of the lake's dam and nearby recreation facilities, including a picnic area and a swimming beach at the spillway.
Holly Bay Campground and Grove Campground at Laurel River Lake are operated by concessionaires under a special-use permit with the U.S. Forest Service. Camping fees and open seasons vary. The campgrounds are generally open mid-April through mid-October. Recreation Schedule and Fees
Lake and Pond Fishing
Recreation areas with activity Lake and Pond Fishing:
The lake provides excellent fishing for bass, rainbow trout, walleye, crappie, bluegill and catfish. Night fishing for trout is popular during the summer. Fishing licenses can be purchased at county clerk's offices, marinas, and many local stores. State fishing regulations are enforced.
Recreation areas with activity Viewing Wildlife:
The quiet coves and surrounding forest offer plenty of opportunities to enjoy nature. The lake is home to Canada geese, bald eagles, and many other wildlife species.
The Canada Goose Management Area in Cane Branch is closed to motorized boats.
Boat Ramps: Eight boat ramp locations provide convenient lake access. The boat ramps are developed at Craigs Creek, Flatwoods, Grove Marina, High Top, Holly Bay Campground, Holly Bay Marina, Laurel Bridge and Marsh Branch.
The boat ramp at Holly Bay Campground is for campers only.
Swimming is not allowed at the boat ramps.
Marinas: Two full-service marinas operate on Laurel River Lake. The marinas are located near Grove and Holly Bay campgrounds. The marinas are privately operated under a special-use permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service.