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Herrington Lake

Herrington Lake is a 2,335-acre artificial lake located in Mercer, Garrard, and Boyle counties in Kentucky. Kentucky Utilities dammed the Dix River, a tributary of the Kentucky River, to generate hydroelectric power beginning in the fall of 1923. They began to impound water in 1925, and they completed the project in 1927.

With a maximum depth of 249 feet, Herrington Lake is the deepest lake in Kentucky. If you're searching for some deep water, the area near the dam reaches 249 feet, and the lake's mean depth is 78 feet. The Dix River enters the Kentucky River at High Bridge a short distance below the dam.

At the time of construction, Dix Dam was considered a major engineering feat, because it was the largest earth-filled dam in the world. Kentucky Utilities still owns the lake, and its main dispatch and communication center is located at the site. The top of the dam is 287 feet above the riverbed and stretches 1,087 feet across the Dix River Gorge between Mercer and Garrard Counties. The dam is 24 feet wide on top and 750 feet wide at its base.


Great fishing also is abundant and the well-stocked lake contains bluegill, catfish, crappie, hybrid striped bass, largemouth bass, spotted bass & white bass. In a state filled with reservoir lakes, Herrington Lake consistently produces some of the best reservoir fishing the state has ever known. The only record noted, however, was B. B. Hardin's five-pound white bass, caught in June, 1957.


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    Herrington Lake KY Coordinates:
37.7366N -84.7043W
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Surface Area:
2,335 acres
Maximum Depth:
249 ft
760 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3 ft
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Located only 30 miles from Lexington, Herrington Lake is the perfect playground for many outdoor and recreational sports. Popular water sports include water skiing, tubing, swimming, and even cliff jumping, and many marinas offer boats and cottages for rent.

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Herrington Lake Marina offer cabins, Imagine waking up to beautiful view of the lake from the porch of of a cabin on the lake. They also offer floating house. Check the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


The closest major city is Lexington. Other nearby Kentucky cities; Harrodsburg, Bryantsville, Wilmore, Nicholasville and Burgin. The lake is located in Garrard, Boyle, Mercer Allen and Barren counties.

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