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Swimming 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.

For safety, visitors are encouraged to swim in designated areas only.

There is no lifeguard service at Corps beaches -- swim at one's own risk. Always use the "Buddy System" -- don't swim alone.

Swimming, wading, snorkeling or scuba diving at one's own risk is permitted, except at boat launching sites, designated mooring points and public docks, or other areas so designated by the District Commander.

If you have questions about swimming, contact the Park Manager.

Public Beach Locations Around Green River Lake:
There are several developed beaches for visitors to enjoy at Green River Lake. Public use beach locations include the day use areas at Holmes Bend and Smith Ridge recreation areas. The Green River Lake State Park also has a public use beach, located adjacent to the campground. One other developed beach is located in the Pikes Ridge Campground but is for use by registered campers at Pikes Ridge only. Remember this - there are no lifeguards provided at either Holmes Bend, Smith Ridge or Pikes Ridge, so swim at one's own risk. Please call the Green River Lake State Park office at (270) 465-8255 to inquire about their lifeguard staffing.

What about Swimming Around the Shoreline?
Swimming is allowed in other areas, at one's own risk, along the shoreline except at or near the boat ramps and marinas.

**Remember: To ensure visitor's safety, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff at Green River Lake reminds everyone that swimming is encouraged at developed areas only. Don't forget too that No lifeguards are provided at any of the Corps' managed beaches around Green River Lake, so swimmers should know their limits and keep safe.

Louisville District’s Designated Swimming Areas and Beach Locations