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Laurel River Lake Picnic Area, KY

part ofLaurel River Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Photo: Laurel River Lake Picnic Area
Status: Closed through Tue Mar 31 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Laurel River Lake Picnic Area is a day-use facility located on a peninsula along the shores of Laurel River Lake. The picnic area provides 19 individual picnic sites which are first-come, first-serve, and two reservable shelters. There is no overnight camping allowed in the area.

Natural Features:

Laurel River Lake, with its cliff-lined shores and quiet coves, is a favorite destination for thousands of visitors each year. They come to boat, canoe, fish, hunt, hike, camp, swim, scuba dive, view wildlife and relax at one of the deepest and cleanest lakes in Kentucky.

Recreation:

Laurel River Dam was completed in 1974 creating a 5,600-acre lake which provides hydroelectric power, safe drinking water and recreation opportunities for the public. Since its impoundment, the Forest Service and the Army Corps of Engineers have cooperated in developing public recreation facilities on and around the lake.

Facilities:

Laurel River Lake Picnic Area offers one small and one large reservable group picnic shelter, with 19 additional picnic sites with tables and grill. Flush toilets, drinking water, playground, horseshoe pit, fishing pier and a volleyball net are also provided.

Nearby Attractions:

Less than a mile up the road is a 725-feet long sandy beach area with a parking lot and chemical treated toilets. The beach is unguarded so always wear a flotation device when you're on or in the water. While visiting the picnic area you can stay at one of the Forest Service drive-in campgrounds located at Holly Bay and Grove Recreation Areas. Whiteoak and Grove boat-in campgrounds are accessible only by boat or trail. Cumberland Falls is the second largest waterfall east of the Rockies. It is about a 20 mile drive from the area. Cumberland Falls State Park provides lodge and cabin accommodations for guests.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Drinking Water
  • Accessible Fishing Dock
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Grills
  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Picnic Areas
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Playground
  • Accessible Trails
  • Cell phone service
  • Day Use Area
  • Drinking Water
  • Electricity
  • Fishing Dock
  • Fishing Pier
  • Flush Toilets (Seasonal)
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Host
  • Lights
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Parking
  • Paved Roads
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Security Lights
  • Shade
  • Tables
  • Trash Collection
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Water Access
Within 10 Miles
  • Accessible Swimming
  • Swimming
  • Visitor Center
Know Before You Go
  • This is a day use area only.

  • No overnight accommodations are available.

  • First-come, first-serve picnic sites are available.

  • For additional information call the Corps of Engineers Resource Office at (606) 864-6412.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.9679, -84.26805
36°58'4"N, 84°16'5"W

From London, Kentucky, head west on HWY 192 for approximately 15 miles. Turn slight left onto KY-1193. Continue on KY-1193 until arrive at destination on left. Area is marked by "Laurel Dam Picnic Area" signs.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Laurel River Lake Picnic Area
1433 Laurel Lake Road
London  KY  40741

Phone Number:

Information:  (606)864-6412
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