Laurel River Lake

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Cliffllines at Laurel River Lake

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.

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At a Glance

Fees A recreation use fee is required for Flatwoods, Grove, Holly Bay, Marsh Branch and Laurel Bridge boat ramps. 
Permit Info: A Special Use Permit is required for commercial activities (for example: fishing tournaments, boat rentals, trail rides, outfitter guides, races, etc). A permit is also required for all noncommercial group uses involving more than 75 people.
Open Season: Open All Year
  • You must comply with all regulations established by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources concerning fishing, boating and waterway safety laws. 
  • Alcohol use prohibited on national forest land and Kentucky lakes and waterways. (KRS 222.202)
  • Camping is prohibited within 300 feet of the following areas: High water line of the portion of Upper Lake Cumberland from the Mouth of Laurel Boat Ramp upstream on the Laurel River; or Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail (NRT-100) to the administrative boundary between National Forest System and U.S. Army Corps of Engineer lands (36 CFR 261.58(e)); (Order 14-04-15)
  • Camping is prohibited within 300 feet of the water’s edge of Laurel River Lake or Lake Cumberland except at sites designated for camping (36 CFR 261.58(e)); (Order 14-04-15)
  • Camping is prohibited within 300 feet of any Road or Trail leading to the waters edge of Laurel River Lake except at sites designated for camping (36 CFR 261.58(e)); (Order 14-04-15)
  • No swimming or sunbathing within 100 feet of any boat launching ramp or courtesy boat dock. (Order DB-03-15)
  • No use of steel drums or barrels as floating devices. (Order DB-03-15)
  • No storing or leaving a watercraft unattended overnight at a location not designated for overnight boat storage. (Order DB-03-15)
  • No launching a motor boat at a site not designated for boat launching  (Order DB-03-15)
  • No fishing from any boat ramp or courtesy dock. (Order DB-03-15)
  • No landing of aircraft or dropping or picking up any material or person by means of an aircraft on waters of the DBNF. (Order DB-03-15)
  • PROHIBITED: Entry into areas closed for the protection of endangered, threatened, rare, unique, or vanishing species of plants, animals, birds, or fish. (Order DB-09-15)  
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: London Ranger District
761 South Laurel Road
London, KY 40744

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