|Rough River Lake
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers formed Rough River Lake in 1955 when they impounded Rough River. The lake, which became operational in 1961, is the main attraction for visitors at Rough River Dam State Resort Park, located across Breckinridge, Hardin, and Grayson counties in south central Kentucky. The 5,100-acre reservoir provides a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities. Today, the Corps, in partnership with the Commonwealth of Kentucky, manages the land and water for wildlife, fisheries, and recreation.
Other popular gamefish in this lake include black and white crappie. A number of fish attractors are established carefully in the lake, and consist mostly of brush and Christmas trees. Those attractors provide great cover and food for crappie environments.
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Rough River Lake is easily accessible by boat through several free and fee-paid boat ramps. Most of these ramps are located in Breckinridge and Grayson Counties, including Cave Creek, Laurel Branch, and North Fork ramps.
Rough River Lake offers lodging and camping at Rough River Lake State Park, located on the east side of the lake south from Hardinsburg in Grayson County. The lodge offers 40 rooms with private patios that overlook the lake. Aviators can fly into the park's airport and camp at the airport air camp. The airport is a 3,200-foot paged and lit strip that includes tie downs.
Other accommodations in the area include hotels, campgrounds, resorts, and B&Bs in Grayson, Hardin, and Breckinridge Counties.
Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.
Rough River Lake extends into Breckinridge, Hardin, and Grayson Counties in south central Kentucky. The lake is located about 95 miles southwest from Louisville, and is situation between Hardinsburg to the north and Leitchfield to the south. Visitors to this area also have easy access to Bowling Green and to Mammoth Cave National Park.
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