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Laurel River Lake Picnic Area

Laurel River Lake

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Summary

Laurel River Lake Picnic Area is a day-use facility located on a peninsula along the shores of Laurel River Lake with 19 individual picnic sites and two reservable shelters. It is a favorite destination for visitors to boat, canoe, fish, hunt, hike, camp, swim, scuba dive and view wildlife. Nearby attractions include a 725-feet long sandy beach, Forest Service drive-in and boat-in campgrounds, and Cumberland Falls State Park.

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.

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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. port-a-potties, drinking water, playground, horseshoe pit, fishing pier and a volleyball net are also provided.

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.

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.

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For facility specific information, please call (606) 679-6337.
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Campground Matrix

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Nearby Campgrounds Distance Notification Rate
Holly Bay
Daniel Boone National Forest
0.8mi 86%
Craigs Creek Group Area
Daniel Boone National Forest
1.7mi
Grove
Daniel Boone National Forest
3.4mi 83%
Clifty 48-50
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
9.5mi
Clifty 40-47
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
9.5mi
Ridgeline Sites 1-39
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
9.5mi
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