Carr Creek State Park

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Carr Creek State Park

Kentucky

(606) 642-4050

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Overview

Carr Creek Lake was once home to some of the area's earliest pioneer settlements as early as the 1770s. Carr Fork, a tributary of the North Fork of the Kentucky River, is located 8.8 miles below Carr Creek Dam, and is thought to have gotten its name from William Carr, a well-known "Long Hunter" who hunted in the area.

The park is located fifteen miles southeast of Hazard. Carr Fork Lake covers 750 acres and at 480 feet, has the longest sand beach in the Kentucky State Parks System. Considered to be one of the best campgrounds in southeastern Kentucky, the park has a full service marina located on KY 15, near the campground. The marina provides visitors with boating and fishing supplies. There are covered and open boating slips, and rentals for fishing boats and pontoons.

The scenery surrounding the park consists of tree-covered hills that showcase a variety of Kentucky's trees and plant life. These extensive woodlands bring to mind the grandeur of a bygone age when most of Kentucky remained a part of the forest primeval.

Map of Carr Creek (KY)

Latitude, Longitude: 37.222332, -83.031672

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Activities

  • Boating

    Pontoon boats and fishing boat rentals available at the full service marina. A full-service marina near the park provides lake access as well as fishing and boating supplies. It also includes a snack bar.

  • Bird Watching

    The marsh environment in the Carr Creek area is unusual for the Mountains of Eastern Kentucky, but provides a wide assortment of watchable wildlife. Wood duck, great blue and green heron, ruffed grouse, bobwhite, wild turkey, red-winged blackbird and warblers may be found making their homes in this area.

  • Camping

    Relax amid a chorus of nature in the 39-site campground surrounded by mountain vistas. All the campsites are complete with water and electric hook-ups. Pets are allowed if restrained. Closed for season from mid-November to mid-March.

    Campgrounds also have grills, a swimming pool and playground. Showers, rest rooms, and laundry facilities are available at a central service building.

  • Fishing

    Pleasure boaters and anglers can explore the 750-acre lake with miles of shoreline, and good bass, crappie and walleye fishing.

  • Historic Sites

    Carr Creek Lake was once home to some of the area's earliest pioneer settlements as early as the 1770s.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic facilities available for all of your summer gatherings.

  • RVing

    All campsites are complete with water and electric hook-ups.

  • Water Sports

    Catch the sun's rays on the longest sand beach in Kentucky's state park system. Open for the summer season

  • Wildlife Watching

    The marsh environment in the Carr Creek area is unusual for the Mountains of Eastern Kentucky, but provides a wide assortment of watchable wildlife. Wood duck, great blue and green heron, ruffed grouse, bobwhite, wild turkey, red-winged blackbird, warblers, raccoon and striped skunk may be found making their homes in this area.

Directions

Driving

Carr Creek is located 15 miles southeast of Hazard on KY 15.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(606) 642-4050

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