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Picnicking and Shelter Rental at Green River Lake

As America confronts the challenges of COVID-19, protecting the health and safety of the recreating public, volunteers and our government personnel is our highest priority.  In the interest of public safety due to COVID-19 concerns, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District is restricting public access at the district’s Corps facilities including visitor centers, beaches, special events, USACE-sponsored events such as shore sweeps, interpretive programs, kids to parks, earth day events, public meetings and other public gatherings have been closed and/or put on hold until further notice. USACE is maintaining access to our projects by keeping day use facilities and lake access areas open such as boat launches, picnic areas, fishing piers, and viewing areas; however, these areas are subject to evolving conditions and localized situations may cause decisions that close specific areas. For more information on the closures of USACE recreation areas, we ask that you contact the USACE lake or river project before your visit. A complete list of recreation areas is available at We appreciate your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.


Warm weather, sunny skies and a nice breeze blowing - what better weather for a picnic. So, if looking to get out to Green River Lake for either a a small outing or hoping to find the perfect spot for a family reunion, look no further.

How many shelters are available?
There are five Corps operated picnic shelters at Green River Lake, and all are available for reservations by calling the project office at (270) 465-4463.

The shelters available and the use fees are as follows:

Big Oak (located at the dam area)
Visitor Center
Holmes Bend
Satterly (located at Site 1)

$ 50
$ 50
$ 50
$ 50
$ 50

If a shelter has not been reserved for a particular day, it may be used free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis.

What about individual picnic sites?
In addition to the shelters listed above, there are several individual picnic sites located at the Holmes Bend and Smith Ridge day use areas along with those sites around the dam area.

Louisville District Information - Picnic Shelters