Buckhorn Lake

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Buckhorn Lake


(606) 398-7251

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Beautiful, mountainous terrain in the heart of Kentucky coal country, with a historic log structure near the dam. Buckhorn Lake is located in the Cumberland Plateau of eastern Kentucky and a short drive from the Daniel Boone National Forest and the Red River Gorge Geological Area. The lake was completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1961. Quaint fishing spots dot the scenic lake while unique camping options include cable TV access or boat-in campsites.At Buckhorn Lake you can camp or picnic at one of four Corps operated recreation areas; fish, boat, swim or ski on Buckhorn Lake; hunt in the Buckhorn Lake Wildlife Management Area or Daniel Boone National Forest; walk numerous undeveloped trails; or enjoy a weekend getaway at the Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park. For camping reservations at this and other Corps campgrounds.

Map of Buckhorn Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 37.308263, -83.449488



  • Boating

    The Dam Site Boat Launch Ramp is a popular boat launching ramp for campers at the Buckhorn Campground as well as residents of local communities and the nearby cities of Buckhorn, Booneville, Jackson, Lexington and Hazard. A large parking area is available to accommodate vehicles with trailers. A courtesy dock is located at the ramp during the summer recreation season.

  • Camping

    Buckhorn Lake has many unique camping opportunities to offer outdoor enthusiasts throughout the spring, summer, and fall recreation seasons. Enjoy RV camping with amenities such as city water, electricity and television cable hook-ups, or the peaceful tranquility of shoreline tent camping. Buckhorn Lake has it all.

  • Fishing

    Buckhorn Lake offers over 1,230 acres of water at summer pool for anglers. There are many different species of fish to be caught at Buckhorn Lake, such as muskie, crappie, catfish, white bass and bluegill. From April through November the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife regularly stocks the stilling basin, just below the dam, with trout.

  • Hiking

    Visitors can also enjoy walking the Pine Shadows Trail. The trail covers approximately a .5-mile of pine-shaded wildlife and natural vegetation. The trail is moderate in difficulty and the first half of the looping trail is uphill. Visitors should be aware of the threat of poison ivy and animals native to any wooded area. Parking is available in the Tailwater Recreation Area.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is permitted in the Buckhorn Lake Wildlife Management Area as well as outside recreation and operations areas on the project. There is a large supply of rabbit, squirrel, turkey and deer to be hunted on the project. Non-commercial trapping, archery and black powder hunting are gaining popularity at the lake.

  • Picnicking

    Buckhorn Lake has several picnic shelters at various recreation locations around the lake. The shelters may be reserved for family reunions, birthdays, weddings and other special group events.

  • Water Sports

    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.



From Hazard, 9 mi N on KY 15, 20 mi E on KY 28.

Phone Numbers


(606) 398-7251