Grayson Lake

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Grayson Lake

Kentucky

(606) 474-5815

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Overview

Narrow and winding, the Grayson Lake State Park scenic cliffs range from 30 to 200 feet high above the lake surface. The magnificently sculptured cliffs have a smooth, contoured surface enhanced by centuries of weathering. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers directly manages 643 acres at the dam site, which includes recreation facilities listed below. A marina, operated by a private concessionaire, is located at the dam site. The Corps of Engineers operates an office and information center at the Damsite Recreation Area. They may be contacted at (606) 474-5701 for information on water safety & shelter reservations or for tours of the Environmental Nature Study Field, Nature Trail, and Intake Structure. For information on lake conditions you may call (606) 474-7476, 24 hours a day.

See the well-preserved log cabin at the project and visit the caves at nearby Carter Caves State Park, 7 mi S of Grayson on KY 7.

Map of Grayson Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 38.210400, -83.009949

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Activities

  • Boating

    For boaters there are 4 launch ramps available, the Corps managed launch ramp is convienantly located at the dam site near the marina, the other locations are at Clifty Creek, Bruin (near Grayson State Park) and Caney.

  • Bicycling

    Bicycles are permitted on the main roads and campground areas in the Grayson Lake State Park. For information call Phone number 606-474-6856.

  • Camping

    Camping Facilities are available and maintained by the Grayson Lake State Park.

  • Climbing

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is extremely popular during the summers months. Most sought after are bass, crappie, catfish, bluegill. Trout are stocked in the downsteam area.

  • Hiking

    The trail head for loops one and two is located at Deer Creek, and at Frazier Flats for loops two and three. The trail is marked with white paint on trees, and by signage at the trailheads and periodically along the trail. The Api-su-ahts hiking trail features four loops totaling over 22 miles. It winds through creek bottoms, hollows and ridgetops in the more secluded region of the WMA east of Grayson Lake. Elevation ranges from 600 to over 1,100 ft., and the various loops provide opportunity to tailor hikes to different degree of difficulty and time schedules. Scenery is excellent, ranging from lakeshore, to managed wildlife openings, to mature hardwood forest.

  • Historic Sites

    Grayson Lake - The Historic Horton/Kitchen Log House is set within the time period 1850-1900. It is located approx. 8 mi. south of Grayson, KY on Rt. 7 at the Grayson Lake Damsite. The house, a two-story log structure of rare Saddle bag design, was built about 1836 and is presently being restored with care to reflect the years surrounding the Civil War. Future plans include serveral buildings on the site representative of this time period.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is popular and often productive on Grayson Lake WMA due in a large part to the effective restoration and habitat management practices. Deer, turkey, and squirrels (both gray and fox) are abundant throughout the WMA and are the most frequently pursued game species. Dove management units are located in the Frazier Flats and Clifty Creek areas, and shooting is typically good on opening day. Grouse hunting is fair on sideslopes and benches which have grown into second-growth forest (former pasture land). Most waterfowl hunting occurs on Rosedale Point, or in the shallow, upper portions of various embayments. Grayson Lake hosts a resident flock of approximately 150 - 200 geese, and relatively low numbers of wintering/migratory ducks. The Deer Creek Branch of Grayson Lake, and Grayson Lake within 3/4 mile of the Dam is closed to waterfowl hunting. Quail and rabbits tend to be very local and affiliated with the scattered open land areas. Some woodcock are found in brushly woods located in bottoms and nearby openings. Raccoons, bobcats and other furbearers are fairly abundant and my be hunted. Trapping requires advance permission from the Grayson Lake WMA Area Manager or Biologist.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic Shelter #1 - Located across from Visitor Center, seats approximately 50 and parks approximately 25. Vault restroom facilities are located at the shelter and are universally accessible. New playground equipment was recently installed near shelter #1.

    Picnic Shelter #2 - Located above marina parking lot, seats approximately 60 and parks approximately 15. Additional Parking may be available in Marina parking lot. Restroom is located approximately 50 yards from shelter and is NOT ADA accessible. Playground equipment was recently installed at this shelter.

    Picnic Shelter #3 - Located at the end of Launch Ramp Rd, seats approximately 80 and parks apprximately 40. The new vault restrooms are located between the shelter and parking lot and are ADA accessible.

    Below Dam Recreation Area - Picnic Shelter #4 - Located below the dam in the downstream area on Lower Access Rd, seats approximately 125 and parks approximately 35. Restroom facilities are located 40 yards across from shelter and are ADA accessible.

  • RVing

    Please contact park services for more information on camping facilities.

  • Water Sports

    The swim beach at Bruin, which is operated by the Kentucky Department of State Parks, is CLOSED until further notice. Swimming is not permitted at the Bruin beach or from any state park land. However swimming is allowed on the rest of the lake, except boat ramps and areas with posted restrictions. Also, cliff jumping/diving is not permitted on Grayson Lake.

Directions

Driving

Located just seven miles south of Grayson, Kentucky on State Route 7.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(606) 474-5815

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