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Taylorsville Lake

Located mainly in Spencer County, Taylorsville Lake's 3,050 acres also spill into Nelson and Anderson counties. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed this lake beginning in 1974 by building a dam on the Salt River, and impounding began in 1983. The lake today is a major recreational destination for residents and tourists who visit Taylorsville, located just 25 miles south of Louisville.

The 1,200-acre Taylorsville Lake State Park surrounds the lake, and the Army Corps of Engineers maintains a visitor's center while the Commonwealth of Kentucky maintains a park office on the grounds. You can find hiking and horse trails, along with camping, RV sites, equestrian sites with electric and water, and primitive tent sites available. A marina offers boat rentals, open and covered slips, gas, food, and fishing supplies and equipment.

The lake's main attraction is fishing, as this lake is the most heavily stocked lake within Kentucky. Known for its bluegill, bass, and crappie, anglers also can find catfish and freshwater drum perch. Boat ramps are available in the northwestern part of the lake as well as upstream at Chowning Lane and Van Buren.


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    Taylorsville Lake KY Coordinates:
37.9945N -85.2385W
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Surface Area:
3050 acres
Maximum Depth:
542 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3 ft
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Taylorsville Lake Marina offers gas pumps, bait shop, skiing, tubing, boating and fishing supplies and a full service deli. They provide Pontoon, Run-about and Fishing Boat rentals. Taylorsville Lake welcomes water skiers, who can enjoy a course on the lake. Other water sports include wakeboarding, jet skiing, and tubing.

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The State Park has 1,200-acre of the most beautiful country. It offers 45 RV sites with electric & water hook-ups, 10 equestrian sites with electric & water hook-ups, & 15 primitive tent sites with water available. Playgrounds conveniently located for children & two bathhouses with laundry facilities in each. A dump station is available for RV use. Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging in the area.


The closest major city is Louisville. Other nearby Kentucky cities; Taylorsville, Lawrenceburg, Mt. Eden and Mt. Washington. The lake is located in Spencer, Nelson and Anderson counties.

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