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Green River Lake

544 Lake Road
Campbellsville, Kentucky  42718
(270) 465-4463
Office hours: Mon. - Sun., 7:30 am - 5 p.m. (may vary, call ahead)

Daily Lake Information Line: (270) 465-8824 (updated daily)

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Annual Day Use Passes are available at this location. More information may be accessed by clicking here.

For additional information about Green River Lake, please visit the pages listed below:

Accessibility

Boating

Boundary/Adjacent Landowner Information

Camping

Driving Directions

Fishing

Hunting

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Office and Visitor Center

Picnicking and Shelter Rental

Recreation

Recreation Use Fees

Swimming

Trails

Upcoming Events

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Green River Lake is situated in Adair and Taylor counties, lying amidst rolling terrain, steep bluffs and flowing streams in the section of Kentucky known as the Highland Rim.  The dam, located on the Green River, is an 11 mile drive from the cities of Campbellsville and Columbia, and less than 100 miles from Louisville and Lexington.
The Green River Lake Project was authorized under the Flood Control Act of 1938.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started construction in April 1964, and the lake was completed in June 1969.  In addition to flood protection, recreation and natural resources management are authorized for this Project.

The Corps operates the lake primarily for flood control in the Upper Green River watershed and forms an integral unit in the comprehensive plan for flood control for the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.  The lake’s dam is located 305.7 miles above the mouth of the Green River and 26 miles upstream from Greensburg, Ky.

The Corps keeps the lake at a low level (winter pool) during fall and winter months, when excessive rainfall is likely.  The lake can retain surface water runoff should heavy rains occur, until the swollen streams and rivers below the dam recede and can handle the release of stored water without threatening lives or property.

Green River Lake is the largest project in the Louisville District, counting both the land and water acreage (33,793 acres).  The Corps, in cooperation with the Commonwealth of Kentucky, manages the land and water for wildlife, fisheries and recreation.  Green River Lake provides immeasurable benefits to the local economy through flood protection and recreation.

The 8,210 acre Green River Lake and surrounding area offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, to include campgrounds, boat ramps, picnic shelters, beaches and a Visitor Center.  The Visitor Center is a must see facility and is at the heart of Green River Lake.  Located close to the Dam, the Green River Lake Visitor Center was built in 1972 as the US Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District’s first Interpretive Center and was upgraded in 1978 to house the Corps Office staff.  Today, the Visitor Center is a big attraction to tourists, locals and school groups due to its educational exhibits and helpful staff. 

Green River Lake has prevented over $159 million in flood damages since impoundment, and in fiscal year 2012 alone the lake generated approximately $17.02 million in visitor expenditures. In addition to flood protection and recreation, Corps lakes provide immeasurable benefits to the local economy.

Prior records:
FY2013
Flood Damages prevention - $159.19 million (total to date)

FY2012
Flood Damages prevention - $148.23 million (total to date)
Visitor Expenditures - 17.02 million

FY2011
Flood Damages prevention - $142.59 million (total to date)
Visitor Expenditures - 20.78 million

FY2010
Flood Damages prevention - $133.56 million (total to date)
Visitor Expenditures - 29.85 million

FY2009
Flood Damages prevention - $129.997 million (total to date)

FY2008
Flood Damages prevention - $123.39 million (total to date)
Visitor Expenditures - 34.75 million

Dike and Dam Information

Dike Type:

Earth

Maximum Height:

103 feet

Length:

1,952 feet


Dam Type:

Earth and rock fill

Maximum Height:

141 feet

Length:

2,350 feet

Maximum Width at base:

960 feet

Drainage area above dam:

682 square miles


Pool

Elevation

Area

Length

(Feet mean sea level)

(Acres)

(Miles)

Winter

668

7,205

21

Summer

675

8,210

25

Total Storage

713

19,100

35

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