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Cave Run Lake

The largest muskie ever caught in Kentucky -- 47 pounds -- was caught in Cave Run Lake in 2008. Located south of Morehead along Kentucky Route 801, this 8,270-acre lake is a reservoir constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The dam was built in 1965, and became operational in 1974. Since this lake is one of three lakes located in the Daniel Boone National Forest, you'll find a myriad of activities for the entire family. Cave Run Lake offers swimming, boating, sailing, jet skiing, camping, hiking, bike trails, hunting and fishing.

Campgrounds provide nearly 400 campsites, some with RV hook-ups. The campgrounds also have swimming beaches and group-use picnic areas. Boat rental is available at the local marinas, and horseback riding is a favorite pastime. ATV riding and hiking are also available for those wishing to explore the wildlife of the Cave Run Lake area. Be sure to check out White Sulphur ATV Trails. Cave Run Lake has 12 ramps for boat launching. A fee pass is required to use Alfrey, Claylick, Poppin Rock, Long Bow, Scott Creek and Warix boat ramps. Passes may be purchased at local vendors or at the Cumberland Ranger District office.


Cave Run Lake supports largemouth bass, muskie, bluegill, crappie and catfish. A special Cave Run Lake Fishing Regulation slot limit may exist on largemouth bass. Slot limit requirements and minimum size limits usually do not apply to the Kentucky (spotted) bass, but check with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before you fish.


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    Cave Run Lake KY Coordinates:
38.0815N -83.4915W
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Surface Area:
8270 acres
Maximum Depth:
130 ft
730 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3 ft
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Boaters will enjoy the 3 marinas and several access sites located along the lake's 8200 acres. Most marinas offer full service including boat rentals, supplies, fishing tackle, and restaurants. Review the Lake Resource Guide for more information.

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There are several facilities available to rent cabins. There are also Hotels in Moorehead KY. Check the Lake Resource Guide for more information.


The closest major city is Lexington. Other nearby Kentucky cities; Moorehead, Lakeview Heights, Salt Lick and Olympia. The lake is located in Bath, Rowan, Morgan and Menifee counties.

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