Rivers, Lakes & Parks

London – Laurel County is Home to some of Kentucky’s Most beautiful Rivers, Lakes and Parks!

London – Laurel County and the surrounding area has many options for those looking to spend some time on the water or in our state parks. Laurel River Lake, Wood Creek Lake, Rockcastle River, Cumberland River, Levi Jackson Wilderness Road Park, and the Daniel Boone National Forest are some of the most beautiful areas to explore… right in our own backyard. There are a host of other rivers, lakes and state parks within one day’s travel from London – Laurel County.

 

Be sure to check out the resources we’ve provided below for more information about all that London – Laurel County has to offer.

Laurel River Lake

Laurel River Lake is located on London Ranger District and features 5,600 acres of clear, deep water and nearly 200 miles of tree-lined shore. 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. The U.S. Forest Service administers the lake and surrounding shoreline. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers oversees the operation of the lake’s dam and nearby recreation facilities, including a picnic area and a swimming beach at the spillway.

 

Campgrounds nearby:

 

Boat Ramps nearby:

 

Holly Bay Campground

The campground offers single and double-family campsites, some of which have 20, 30 or 50-amp electric hookups. Some campsites overlook the lake. Flush toilets (one is accessible), two shower houses,              drinking water and a dump station are provided. Firewood and ice are available for purchase. Educational programs are held during the summer.

 

Holly Bay Marina 

Houseboat Rentals, Pontoon Rentals, Fishing Boat Rentals, Boat Slip Rentals, Grocery / Deli, Full Service Marina, Camping / Fishing / Boating Supplies, Fully Equipped Campground, Year-Round / 24 Hour Security, Six-Boat Gas Dock, Safe Convenient Parking. Holly Bay Marina is handicapped accessible. Phone: 606-864-6542

 

Grove Marina

Slip rentals for houseboats, pontoons and fishing boats. Grocery/Deli, full service marina, camp ground, fishing, boating, gas dock and convenient parking. Phone: 606-523-2323

 

Laurel Watersports

Waverunner rentals on Laurel River Lake Mmake reservations today!!   Daily,weekly,weekend  rentals available. Discount for multiple units or days available. Currently the only licensed, insured and permit waverunner company on Laurel River Lake.   All units have all safety equipment needed and are 4 stroke units. $225 (8 hr) rental Monday thru Thursday. $255 weekends. Discounted rates will apply for multiple days or units. Delivery and return will be at Holly Bay Marina Boat Ramp.

Wood Creek Lake

Wood Creek Lake is located in Laurel County about 6 miles northwest of London. The dam is a highway fill embankment on Interstate 75 about 9 miles north of London. This lake was completed in 1969. Facilities include a launching area, boat dock, and parking area. Wood Creek Lake is a lake that is widely over looked by anglers in the bluegrass. It is a smaller lake, at only 625 acres, but it provides excellent fishing opportunities for bass, panfish & catfish. There is a public boat ramp, and a nearby tackle store offers live bait, tackle, supplies & some boat rentals.

 

According to the Kentucky  Department of Fishing and Wildlife Resources, Wood Creek Lake contains numerous species of popular fish. You can find Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Black Crappie, Rainbow Trout, Sunfish, Spotted Bass, White Crappie, Walleye, Channel Catfish and Flathead Catfish on these waters.

 

Marinas on Wood Creek Lake

Marina Name: Wood Creek Lake
Address: 1695 Moriah Rd, London, KY 40741

Maximum Depth: 127 feet
Lake Size: 625 acres
Average Depth: 35 feet
Elevation: 1004 feet
Phone: (606) 878-5420
Website: https://www.kentuckytourism.com/wood-creek-boat-dock/

Rockcastle River

The Rockcastle River whose flow forms the border of Rockcastle and Laurel counties is one of Kentucky’s best whitewater streams. The river also holds good populations of smallmouth bass and rock bass. It offers something for everyone, whether it’s mild water for anglers and family trips, or challenging whitewater for the adventurous kayaker.

 

The Rockcastle River, whose flow forms the border of Rockcastle and Laurel counties, is one of Kentucky’s best whitewater streams. The river also holds good populations of smallmouth bass and rock bass. It offers something for everyone, whether it’s mild water for anglers and family trips, or challenging whitewater for the kayaker. The floatable section begins after the confluence of the Middle Fork and South Fork of the Rockcastle at the community of Livingston. The section of the Rockcastle from Livingston to Billows is a good float for anglers, beginners, families and canoe campers. All boaters should wear a life vest while floating Rockcastle River, or have enough on board for every person.

This middle section features long, gentle pools interspersed with drops. A few of the drops are challenging for canoeists and kayakers, but they serve as good tutorials for basic water reading and boat maneuvering skills. This section includes two day-long floats. To begin this section, launch at the old Wilderness Road Ford, located south of Livingston, just off U.S. 25. The launch site is visible from the main road. This is a 6-mile float to the take-out under the I-75 bridge, off KY 1329. The next section is a 10.6-mile run from the I-75 bridge to the KY 1956 bridge at Billows.

 

 

Phone: 606-878-6900 or 800-348-0095
Website: https://fw.ky.gov/Education/Pages/Rockcastle-River.aspx

Cumberland River

The Cumberland River flows through the heart of the Daniel Boone National Forest and offers great canoeing and rafting opportunities. The river is known for Cumberland Falls, which divides the river into two distinct segments. The 16.1-mile section from Summer Shoals to the backwaters of Lake Cumberland is designated a Kentucky Wild River.

 

 

Upper Cumberland River
KY 204 at Redbird Bridge to KY 90 at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

The canoe take-out for this section of river is 200 yards above Cumberland Falls. Paddlers failing to take out here could potentially be carried over the falls. After passing through the right arch of the bridge, take out immediately. Do not attempt this section when the river is high.  Most of this section is rated Class I with Class II rapids at Pitch Rapids and the KY 90 bridge. This 17-mile trip is often done in two days. Camping is allowed on national forest land if 300 feet from the water. Campers should make sure they are on national forest land, since some private land occurs along this section of river.

The Cumberland River is a designated State Wild River from Summer Shoals downstream to Lake Cumberland (area is unavailable). The take-out location is at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park.

Class: I, II
Miles: 17
Hours: 24
Season: November – June
Skill Level: Advanced Beginners
Put-in: KY 204 at Redbird Bridge
Take-out: Cumberland Falls

 

 

 

Lower Cumberland River
Cumberland Falls to Mouth of Laurel

The river below the falls is one of the few whitewater runs that can be made year round. This section is rated as a Class III with several difficult rapids that should be attempted only by intermediate and advanced paddlers. It is 11.6 miles from the put-in at the state park beach below Cumberland Falls to the Mouth of  Laurel Boat Ramp within the national forest. The last several miles are flat water. Plan on 4-6 hours for the trip. A private concessionaire also runs guided raft trips on this section of river.

Class: III
Miles: 11.6
Hours 4-6
Season: All
Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Put In: Below Cumberland Falls
Take Out: Mouth of Laurel Boat Ramp

Phone: 606-878-6900 or 800-348-0095
Website: https://fw.ky.gov/Education/Pages/Cumberland-River-Tailwater.aspx

Levi Jackson Wilderness Road Park

Between 1775 and 1796, over 200,000 pioneers traveled to Kentucky over the famous Wilderness Road which runs through Levi Jackson Wilderness Road Park in London. Park contains the Mountain Life Museum, McHargue’s Mill, Camping, Swimming, Recreation, and a memorial to the massacre of the McNitt Party.

 

Treetop Adventure
A treetop aerial attraction located at Levi Jackson State Park in London, Kentucky. The aerial adventure park features 60 elements of fun, including zip-lines, rope bridges, suspended tunnels and much more! The Treetop Adventure at Levi Jackson is operated by City of London Tourism.  Attraction Fee is $20.00 per person for 2.5 hours. Weather permitting.

 

Campground
While discovering Kentucky’s pioneer heritage at Levi Jackson Wilderness Road Park, visitors can relax year-round in a 146-site campground, nestled in open woodland. Utility hookups, a grocery store, a dump station, and three central service buildings containing an activities room, showers, restrooms, and laundry facilities assure camping convenience. Pets are allowed if restrained.

 

Swimming Pool
Bring the family and cool off on a hot summer day with a swim at the Levi Jackson Community Pool. The pool is open seasonally, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The pool is available for rental for parties and events. For more information call (606) 330-2130.

Adult Admission: $8.00 | Children Admission $6.00 |  (Under the age of 2 years Free)

Hours: Monday-Saturday 12pm-8pm and Sunday 2pm-8pm

 

Mini Golf
Put your putting skills to the test on the 18-hole, miniature golf course located near the entrance to the campground. The miniature golf course is open  year round, weather permitting.

 

Clubhouse
The Levi Jackson clubhouse is available for rental. This facility includes a kitchen, fireplace and restrooms. It’s the perfect facility for family reunions, birthday parties, anniversaries, company picnics, business luncheons and more. For booking information, please call (606) 330-2130.

 

Shelters
Levi Jackson Park have several shelters which can be reserved for family reunions, parties and celebrations. All shelters are open on a first come, first served basis unless the shelter has been reserved. For reservation information, please call (606) 330-2130.

 

Gift Shop and Museum
The Mountain Life Museum & Gift Shop is a park attraction that brings visitors into a pioneer settlement. Buildings in the settlement were moved from other sites or built as replicas on the park. All buildings are filled with lots of pioneer relics including tools, products of agriculture and household implements. The museum consists of 7 buildings – an excellent attraction to visitors of Levi Jackson Wilderness Road Park. The Mountain Life Museum now houses craft items from local artists while offering a glimpse into Kentucky’s pioneer heritage. The Mountain Life Museum & Gift Shop is open Thursday – Saturday from 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM and on Sunday from 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM.

 

McHargue’s Mill
McHargue’s Mill is a reproduction working watermill with authentic interior works. It was built on the banks of the Little Laurel River by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1939. Outside the mill is a large display of millstones. The working stones in the mill were brought over the Wilderness Road in 1805. Fresh ground corn meal can be purchased by visitors. The mill is open seasonally.

Daniel Boone National Forest

700,000 acre parcel of land, Laurel River Lake, Cumberland & Laurel Rivers, numerous campsites & shooting ranges, hiking, horseback riding, water adventures, hunting, fishing, camping, biking, boating and wildlife, all within this ranger district.

 

Phone: 606-864-4163
Website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/dbnf/about-forest/districts/?cid=fsbdev3_032651

City Parks

The City of London boasts many free parks for its residents and visitors including Mill Street Park, London Rotary Park, Whitley Branch Veteran’s Park, and the London – Laurel County Wellness Park. For more information, visit the City of London website.

 

Phone: 606-330-0501
Website: https://www.londonky.gov/parks-recreation/

Rockcastle Outdoor Company

ROC provides guided Stand up Paddle Board (SUP) tours on the Rockcastle River. ROC also provides guided motorcycle tours (street bike, dual sport bike, or street legal side by side). Bring your ride of choice and our guides will show you some of the beautiful natural wonders of Kentucky. We are based in the charming town of Livingston, Kentucky in the heart of Daniel Boone National Forest. Check out our Facebook page and call to book a trip.

 

Phone: (317) 446-3434
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/rockcastleoutdoorcompany/

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