Carr Creek Lake
Carr Creek Lake, located east of Hazard, along Kentucky Route 15 in Knott County, is a 710 acres reservoir created by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1976. Carr Creek Lake's earth and rock fill dam is 130 ft tall and 720 ft long, the dam is located 8.8 mi above the mouth of Carr Fork River, a tributary of the North Fork Kentucky River. The lake is the main attraction of Carr Creek State Park. Recreation.gov - Carr Creek Lake Carr Creek State Park facilities map
Taylorsville Lake is a 3,050-acre artificial lake or reservoir located in Spencer County, Kentucky. Construction by the United States Army Corps of Engineers started in 1974, flooding began in 1983; the total cost of the lake was $103 million. It is about 18.5 miles long. Backwater areas of the lake are located in Nelson County and Anderson County; the dam is located on Salt River, it is estimated that it has prevented more than $30.5 million in flood damages since it became operational. The lake is named for Taylorsville, the county seat of Spencer County, today serves as a major economic source for Spencer County, as well as a popular fishing area. Taylorsville Lake State Park occupies a portion of the lake's northern shore. Taylorsville Lake Dam and operated by the Corps of Engineers, is an earthen structure 162 feet high, 1280 feet long at its crest, was constructed for flood control and recreation, its reservoir has a normal surface area of 4.8 square miles and a maximum capacity of 291,670 acre-feet.
The lake's water is murky year round and contains a large amount of silt washed down from agricultural runoff up river. During the lake's creation there was a large amount of standing timber in the lake that still remains today; this timber provides cover for much of the lake's wildlife. Blue Herons are a common sight feeding upon the lake's ample supply of shad. Major fish species in the lake are largemouth bass, hybrid striped bass, white crappie, black crappie, channel catfish, blue catfish, freshwater drum perch. On weekends with good weather the lake is fairly crowded around holidays. Boaters new to the lake should use caution when leaving the river channel that runs through the lake due to standing timber that can sometimes be just under the water surface; the two most popular boat ramps found in the northwestern part of the lake are Settlers Trace and Possum Ridge known as the State Park Ramp. There are Chowning Lane and Van Buren. There is a small waterskiing course on the lake. Waterskiing, tubing, jet skiing and boating are popular on the lake.
Due to the lake's popularity and proximity to a major city fishing pressure on the lake is high which can make fishing difficult. Fishing with jugs for catfish is a common sight. Taylorsville Lake State Park Kentucky Department of Parks Taylorsville Lake History Kentucky Department of Parks Taylorsville Lake Louisville District, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
Kentucky Lake is a major navigable reservoir along the Tennessee River in Kentucky and Tennessee. Created in 1944 by the Tennessee Valley Authority's impounding of the Tennessee River by Kentucky Dam, the 160,309-acre lake is the largest artificial lake by surface area in the United States east of the Mississippi River, with 2,064 miles of shoreline, although the nearby Lake Barkley is larger by volume. Kentucky Lake has a flood storage capacity of 4,008,000 acre-feet, more than 2.5 times of the next largest lake in the TVA system. It provides a source for hydro-electric power and, as one of the lakes alluded to by the name of Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area, is a recreational magnet in western Kentucky and Tennessee; the lake holds records for the largest of three species of fish taken in Kentucky: white bass, Buffalo carp, yellow perch. It is the major attraction for two Kentucky state parks: Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park to the north and Kenlake State Resort Park to the west.
Dams and reservoirs of the Tennessee River Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area Kenlake State Resort Park Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park Eggner's Ferry Bridge Visitor's guide by Marshall County, Kentucky Tourist Commission KentuckyLake.com Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkely & Land Between the Lakes Information KentuckyLake. TV Collection of informational videos on Kentucky Lake LBLGuide.com Informational site about Kentucky Lake and the Land Between the Lakes area
Shanty Hollow Lake
Shanty Hollow Lake is a 135-acre reservoir in Warren County, but extending into Edmonson County. It was constructed in 1951; the lake is located 17 miles north of Bowling Green and is used for fishing. Fish which may be taken from the lake include largemouth bass, redear sunfish, black crappie, white crappie, channel catfish, common carp. Shanty Hollow Lake is a man-made lake, created by the damming of Clay Lick Creek. Warmouth or Walleye have not been seen in this lake for years, it is a lake fed by both spring. Shanty Hollow has underlying shale and subsequent limestone, it is popular with the local population for rock rappelling. It has a spring. Most of the land surrounding the lake is owned. There are many fossil molds and impressions of wood and bark structures in the sandstone facies, many of these have been replaced with iron concretions; the lake has a boat parking area that are in general to major disrepair. Trash and stray or drop off animals are a continued problem due to the rural location of the lake.
Vandalism is present in the parking area. The main trail is to the right of the parking area, leading down towards the sandstone bluffs and an area called White Buffalo. Multiple climbing routes are located along this trail with numerous rock shelters and boulders to climb. Further down, the trail gains elevation and leads to a unique section of rock where the water has carved a zig-zag of formations and least 12 feet deep and 30 feet long. Past numerous dripping springs lies a 150 feet waterfall; this area has a picnic area. Across the creek are more sandstone bluffs and rock shelters that contain delicate wind formed structures in the sandstone known as honeycomb formations. Shany Hollow lake is considered one of the top ten most unusual and beautiful places in South Central Kentucky
Grayson Lake is a 1,500-acre reservoir in Carter and Elliott counties in Kentucky. It was created by the United States Army Corps of Engineers in 1968 by impounding the Little Sandy River with the Grayson Dam, an earthen structure 120 feet high, creating a maximum capacity of 118,990 acre-feet. Sections of Kentucky Route 7 were re-routed as a result of the lake's creation. KY 7 now traverses a modern highway stretch around the park; the lake is the major attraction of Grayson Lake State Park. Grayson Lake State Park Grayson Lake facilities map