Located amid the pristine beauty of the Daniel Boone National Forest, Laurel River Lake is a favorite destination for thousands of visitors each year. The quiet coves and cliff-lined shores offer relaxation and quiet reflection, as well as boating, fishing, skiing and scuba diving in one of the deepest and cleanest lakes in Kentucky.
Fishing for black bass, rainbow trout, walleye, crappie, blue gill and catfish is excellent. Night fishing for trout is also popular during the summer months.
Boating opportunities are provided by seven launch ramps located conveniently around the lake. The quiet bays and backwaters of the lake are excellent locations for wildlife viewing. The lake has a resident population of giant Canadian geese, and is home to wintering bald eagles. It is also possible to glimpse the native wildlife; including deer which frequent the shore line.
A permanent beach maintained by the Corps of Engineers at the spillway of the Laurel River Dam is an excellent location to spend a lazy afternoon. The clear water and submerged rock formation also make Laurel River Lake a popular destination for scuba divers.
The 5,600 acre lake, located in Laurel and Whitley counties was impounded in 1979 by the Corps of Engineers.