Whitman Branch Shooting Range

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

Whitman Branch Shooting Range Map

Whitman Branch Shooting Range is located on London Ranger District. It features has 5 shooting benches with 2 lanes at 100 yards, 1 lane at 50 yards, and 2 lanes at 25 yards. Blocks for hanging targets at the end of each lane. This range is located just south of Laurel River Lake dam off of KY 1193. 

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Laurel River Lake 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. 

Please pack out all target trash including shotgun shells, fragmented clay pigeons, or any targets. Do not shoot household appliances and other objects dumped in shooting areas.

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Rules and Regulations 

  • Skeet, trap and sporting clays are prohibited.
  • Paper targets only. Pack out your targets.
  • Fully automatic weapons are prohibited.
  • Do not enter or use the area for any purpose other than target shooting.
  • Do not fire while persons are down range.
  • Do not enter the area behind the backstop, which has been designated as a safety zone by the placement of “Entry Prohibited” signs.

Safety Tips

  • ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
  • ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  • ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: This facility is for day-use only, open from sunrise to sunset. 

Area Amenities: Accessible,Toilets
Fees None
Open Season: Open All Year
Restrictions: Skeet shooting is prohibited.
Closest Towns: Corbin
Water: None
Restroom: Restrooms are available.
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: London Ranger District
761 South Laurel Road
London, KY 40744

General Information


From I-75 at London (Exit 38), take KY 192 west for 14.2 miles. Turn left on KY 1193, crossing over the dam of Laurel River Lake. Travel 1 miles from the dam, and then turn right onto Forest Service Road 4055.


The toilet is accessible. 


Parking is available at the shooting range. 

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Toilets Toilets are available at the shooting range.
Accessible The toilet is accessible.