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Looking to do some boating? During the warm summer months, Green River Lake offers more than 8,000 acres of shimmering water for boating pleasure. Read on below to learn more about what to know before going on the water.






                                                         Boat Launches




There are 10 boat ramps at Green River Lake. Four of the ramps are managed and maintained by the Corps. These include the ramps located at the Holmes Bend, Smith Ridge, Pikes Ridge and Dam Area recreation sites. A launching permit (which can be purchased either annually or daily) is needed to launch a boat at these Corps operated ramps.

Another boat ramp is located at the Green River Lake State Park and is managed by the Kentucky Department of Parks. There is also a ramp at the Green River Marina. The other ramps include Snake Creek, Butler Creek, Arnold's Landing and also one at Emerald Isle Marina. One of these ramps (Snake Creek) is maintained by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources while Arnold's Landing and Butler Creek are managed by the local Adair County, Kentucky government. For boat ramp locations click here.

Keep this in mind too - with the exception of the ramp at Pikes Ridge Campground, each of the ramps mentioned above are open year round, subject to water level. To check for high water ramp closures, call the Corps automated information line at (270) 465-8824.


                                                      Boating Regulations

Boating regulations at Green River Lake are administered by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. Check out the following link to the Boating section of the KDFWR website for more related information, including a downloadable version of the most recent Kentucky Fishing and Boating Guide:

There are three marinas at Green River. For more information on what each has to offer, use the contact information listed below:

Emerald Isle Marina (270) 465-3412

Green River Marina (270) 465-2512

Holmes Bend Marina (270) 384-4425