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Big Oak Picnic Shelter

Green River Lake



Big Oak Picnic Shelter is located in the Dam Area Day Use Area of Green River Lake in Kentucky, offering visitors opportunities for boating, fishing, hunting, hiking, and more. The shelter also provides amenities such as electricity hookup, grills, picnic tables, restrooms, and a playground. Nearby attractions include the Corps of Engineers Visitor Center, boat ramps, trails, and the Green River Lake State Park.


Big Oak Picnic Shelter is located within the Dam Area Day Use Area. Situated along Kentucky's Highland Rim, the Dam Area is surrounded by forested tracks, rolling meadows and the pristine banks of Green River Lake.


With 8,000 surface acres of water, the lake is an ideal place for boating. With ten boat ramps located around the shoreline, guests have plenty of room for fishing, jet skiing, wake boarding and more. Three full-service marinas are also located around the lake. 

Fishing is a popular activity at Green River Lake: Walleye, crappie, white bass, channel catfish, muskie and bluegill are all found in abundance.  

Hunters enjoy the surrounding land, with various habitats supporting deer, turkey, rabbit, quail, squirrel, dove and waterfowl. 

There are also miles of trails that wind around the lake and along the shore, affording some of the most scenic views in the region.


Big Oak Picnic Shelter is located within the Dam Area Day Use Area of Green River Lake. The shelter is located .5 miles off of KY-55 and is .5 miles from the Corps of Engineers Visitor Center. Site 1 boat ramp is also located .5 miles from the shelter off of Lake Rd. Amenities at the shelter include electricity hookup, 9 picnic tables, grills, additional picnic area, parking and access to a playground and restroom.  The shelter restroom is only open seasonally (closed over the winter months).

If the shelter has been reserved for the day, a "Reserved Today" sign will be placed on the shelter's sign to indicate that it not avaible for walk-ups.

If the shelter has not been reserved for a particular day, it may be used free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Natural Features

Green River Lake area encompasses a total of some 32,000 acres in the central portion of Kentucky, creating countless recreational activities for visitors on the water and on land.

Nearby Attractions

The Corps of Engineers Visitor Center and the Historical Civil War Atkinson-Griffin Log Cabin are located only a short .5 miles from the shelter. Lake access as well as a boat ramp are also located just .5 miles from the shelter at the Site 1 boat ramp area. Several trailheads are located nearby and the Green River Lake State Park is a short 3.5 mile drive away. 

Several historical attractions and National Parks are located within an hour of Green River Lake, including the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln and Mammoth Cave National Park.


For facility specific information, please call (270) 465-4463.

Charges & Cancellations

Customers may cancel their reservation prior to arrival both on-line and through the call center. A $10 service fee will be withheld from any refund for a cancellation.

If a customer wants to switch dates that are entirely outside of the original reservation dates, there is a $10 change fee.

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