Fisthtrap Lake State Park

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Fisthtrap Lake State Park

Kentucky

(606) 437-7496

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Overview

A man-made lake surrounded by natural beauty, Fishtrap Lake was created to help control flooding along the Ohio and Big Sandy Rivers. The Army Corp of Engineers broke ground on the project in 1962, and President Lyndon Johnson dedicated the project upon its completion in 1968. The name of the lake came from pioneers who observed the unique fish traps made by the American Indians. Archeologists discovered 33 prehistoric American Indian sites in the Fishtrap area. They found 65,000 artifacts at the Slone site at Woodside. Nestled among mountains and dense forests, the Fishtrap Lake area will appeal to anyone who loves boating, fishing or hiking. But don't be surprised if the other visitors you meet as you wander around the park area aren't of the human variety; this site is well-known as a haven for deer, raccoons and even the occasional grouse.

Map of Fisthtrap Lake (KY)

Latitude, Longitude: 37.087912, -83.876495

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Activities

  • Boating

    The Fishtrap Lake is a perfect spot for anyone who loves boating!

  • Bicycling

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Camping

    Please contact park services for camping options.

  • Fishing

    Nestled among mountains and dense forests, the Fishtrap Lake area will appeal to anyone who loves boating, fishing or hiking. Throw in your line and catch a variety of species.

  • Hiking

    The park offers several trails for visitors interested in scenic hiking. But don't be surprised if the other visitors you meet as you wander around the park area aren't of the human variety; this site is well-known as a haven for deer, raccoons and even the occasional grouse.

  • Historic Sites

    More than 65-thousand relics from early settlers have been recovered throughout years of periodic excavation. Some of the area's earliest settlers, however, made a pact not to establish permanent settlements here.

  • Horseback Riding

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Hunting

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Picnicking

    The park offers several group and individual picnic sites, along with several picnic shelters. Shelters are available for rent up to one year in advance.

  • Water Sports

    Boating and fishing.

Directions

Driving

From U.S. Route 23 take U.S. Route 460 and 80 to State Route 1789

Phone Numbers

Primary

(606) 437-7496

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