Daniel Boone National Forest

Kicking back on a Laurel Lake.

Bass, crappie, muskie, catfish, bream, and stocked trout attract large numbers of fishermen to the lakes and streams of Daniel Boone National Forest. If lakes float your boat, two large lakes—Cave Run and Laurel River Lake, plus a portion of Lake Cumberland—provide ample fishing opportunities.

Cave Run Lake covers 8,270 acres and is located on the north end of the Forest approximately 15 miles southwest of Morehead, Kentucky. Recreation facilities at this lake include campgrounds, picnic grounds, boat ramps, swimming beaches, fishing points, hiking trails, and scenic roads and vistas. Marina facilities on the lake are owned and operated by private investors under a special-use permit. The lake supports good populations of largemouth bass, blue gill, crappie, catfish, and muskie. Near record catches of muskie have established Cave Run Lake as one of the outstanding muskie lakes in the country.

Laurel River Lake is deep and clean, totaling 5,600 acres located on the London Ranger District. Forest Service developments include vehicle and boat access campgrounds, boat ramps, picnic areas, fish attractor sites, hiking trails, and roads. It supports good populations of largemouth bass, rainbow trout, bluegill, crappie, and channel catfish. The feeling of being at ease with nature is afforded by the forested hills and steep picturesque bluffs, which provide the perfect setting for a rewarding experience.

If fly-fishing is your racket, many streams, including six state designated wild rivers, provide ample opportunity. The Cumberland River system is the largest drainage in Kentucky, and it covers a large portion of the forest. Bark Camp, Beaver, Dog Slaughter, Laurel, and Rock creeks are some of the best fly-fishing waters feeding into the Cumberland River system.


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