Green River Lake

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Green River Lake


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Green River Lake is situated in Adair and Taylor counties, lying amidst rolling terrain, steep bluffs and flowing streams in the section of Kentucky known as the Highland Rim. The dam, located on the Green River, is an 11 mile drive from the cities of Campbellsville and Columbia, and less than 100 miles from Louisville and Lexington. The Green River is the longest river flowing completely in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The 8,210 acre Green River Lake and surrounding area offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities including camping, hiking, fishing and swimming. The Corps, in cooperation with the Commonwealth of Kentucky manages the land and water for wildlife, fisheries and recreation.

Map of Green River Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 37.257386, -85.345230



  • Boating

    There are 10 boat ramps at Green River Lake. Four of the ramps are managed and maintained by the Corps. These include the ramps located at the Holmes Bend, Smith Ridge, Pikes Ridge and Dam Area recreation sites. A launching permit is needed to launch a boat at these Corps operated ramps. Another boat ramp is located at the Green River Lake State Park and is managed by the Kentucky Department of Parks. There is also a ramp at the Green River Marina. The other ramps include Snake Creek, Butler Creek, Arnold's Landing and also one at Emerald Isle Marina. One of these ramps (Snake Creek) is maintained by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources while Arnold's Landing and Butler Creek are managed by the local Adair County, Kentucky government. With the exception of the ramp at Pikes Ridge Campground, each of the ramps mentioned above are open year round, subject to water level. There are three marinas at Green River.

  • Camping

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operates three campgrounds at Green River Lake, and all three offer great campsite amenities and beautiful scenery. Both Holmes Bend Campground and Smith Ridge Campground have sites with water and electric along with several primitive sites. These two campgrounds also have shower house facilities. Pikes Ridge Campground has 20 sites with water and electric. Pikes Ridge also has several primitive sites but no shower house or flush restroom facilities at this time.

  • Fishing

    Green River Lake offers one of the premiere muskie fisheries in Kentucky. The KDFWR annually stocks muskellunge in the lake, and fish up to 40 inches long aren't uncommon. Smallmouth, largemouth, crappie and other species are present in the lake for anglers to pursue. The Corps of Engineers and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources work together on various projects to improve fish habitats as well. Creel and length limits are in effect for certain fish species.

  • Hiking

    Along with the great camping, boating, fishing, hunting and picnicking opportunities found around Green River Lake, there are also miles of trails meandering around the lake that afford some of the most scenic views in the region. From crossing lush valleys to taking in gorgeous overlooks, visitors are sure to find a trail that meets their abilities and gives a sense of hiking adventure.

  • Hunting

    A number of game and nongame species inhabit the lands of the Green River Wildlife Management Area. Various habitats support deer, turkey, rabbit, quail, squirrel, dove and waterfowl. Deer hunting with firearms is available through a quota hunt system and requires advanced application. The deer herd on Green River Wildlife Management Area is one of a few select WMA herds being managed as a quality buck hunting area as well. This means hunters are restricted to taking bucks with an outside antler spread of 15 inches or greater.

  • Picnicking

    There are five Corps operated picnic shelters at Green River Lake, and all are available for reservations by calling the project office at. If a shelter has not been reserved for a particular day, it may be used free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition to the shelters at the lake, there are several individual picnic sites located at the Holmes Bend and Smith Ridge day use areas along with those sites around the dam area.

  • Water Sports

    There are several developed beaches for visitors to enjoy at Green River Lake. Public use beach locations include the day use areas at Holmes Bend and Smith Ridge recreation areas. The Green River Lake State Park also has a public use beach, located adjacent to the campground. One other developed beach is located in the Pikes Ridge Campground but is for use by registered campers at Pikes Ridge only. 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.



The lake is located 90 miles southeast of Louisville via I-65 and KY 61, 210, and 55 south.

Phone Numbers


(270) 465-4463