Taylorsville Lake offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. There is something for everyone - the camper, hiker, horseback rider, sportsman, boater and more. The project includes 12,093 acres of land and 3,050 acres of water. The Corps suggests that visitors begin their visit at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center, Overlook and Dam Area. The Visitor Center offers a variety of displays and presentations covering a variety of topics including wildlife, archeology and construction of the lake. Visitor Center hours are normally 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. M-F, but may vary due to staff work duties. Behind the visitor center is an overlook with a great view of the dam and lake.
There are four boat ramps at Taylorsville Lake. All four ramps are managed by the Kentucky Department of Parks and do not have a charge for use. The ramps are open year round, subject to water level. To check for high water ramp closures, call the Corps automated information line (502) 477-8606. For ramp locations, click on the maps page link in the right hand column.
The campground at Taylorsville Lake offers 42 full service campsites for RV's, and horse lovers can sleep under the stars with their equine pals at one of ten camp sites set up specifically for horse camping. There is a central service building with laundry. Closed mid-January to mid-March. Camping is available at Taylorsville Lake State Park, which is located in the Possum Ridge area. At the State Park the Kentucky Department of Parks maintains a 45-site Class A campground with dump stations and a 10-site horse camp with pull-throughs to accomodate horse trailers. Both the campground and horse camp have bathhouse and laundry facilities. Two paved sites that are universally accessible are located near a bathhouse. Additional amenities include a playground and volleyball court. There is also an area that includes six group sites and 15 individual sites for primitive tent camping. A three-lane boat ramp is located 3/4 of a mile from the campground entrance.
Fishing licenses and regulations at Taylorsville Lake are administered by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The wonderful trail system in this park is managed as multi-use trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. Wear your hiking shoes, bring your bike, or bring your horse and enjoy the fresh outdoor air! The trails crisscross the park and the topography varies from relatively flat to steep, rocky and rugged. There is also a 20-acre Watchable Wildlife Area to enhance the viewing of wildlife in their natural habitat. For the more energetic visitor there are approximately 2.5 miles of trails that begin at the Visitor Center picnic area. The three trails range from light to moderate/heavy exertion levels.
There is also a short interpretative trail within the Historic Area near the Visitor Center. A guide to the interpretive trail is available in the Visitor Center. The Historic area consists of the old Ashes Creek Schoolhouse and Yates Log Cabin, which were moved from areas now innundated by the lake.
Ten sites of the campground are set aside for horse camping. Sites have water and electric and use the same Service Building with laundry.
Pets are allowed if restrained.
The Taylorsville Lake Wildlife Management Area (TLWMA) is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is licensed to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife for wildlife management. It consist of 10,741 acres which consist of steep oak-hickory slopes, open bottomlands along the Salt River, old field/successional habitat and cool and warm season grass fields.
Taylorsville Lake offers a variety of hunting opportunities. Good populations of deer, turkey, squirrel, rabbit and waterfowl exist on the management area. Hunting pressure, however, is moderate to heavy due to the area's proximity to several major urban areas.
A picnic area located off the Visitor Center parking lot has several picnic tables and pedestal grills perfect for cookouts. For group picnics, the Possum Ridge area has two picnic shelters with tables, grills and restrooms that can be reserved by calling (502) 477-8713.
The campground at Taylorsville Lake offers 42 full service campsites for RV's.
Swimming, wading, snorkeling or scuba diving at one's own risk is permitted, except at boat launching sites, designated mooring points and public docks, or other areas so designated by the District Commander. There are no developed swim beaches at Taylorsville Lake.
From Taylorsville, 3 mi E on KY 44, then 2 mi W on KY 2239 to dam.