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Buckhorn Lake


Buckhorn Lake and surrounding area offer a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. The Corps of Engineers, in cooperation with the Commonwealth of Kentucky, manages the land and water for wildlife, fisheries and recreation. With beautiful, mountainous terrain in the heart of Kentucky coal country and with a historic log structure near the dam, Buckhorn Lake is located in the Cumberland Plateau of eastern Kentucky and a short drive from the Daniel Boone National Forest and the Red River Gorge Geological Area. The 1,231 acre lake was completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1961. Quaint fishing spots dot the scenic lake with unique camping options and boat-in campsites nearby.

At Buckhorn Lake you can camp or picnic at one of four Corps of Engineers operated recreation areas; fish, boat, swim or ski on Buckhorn Lake; hunt in the Buckhorn Lake Wildlife Management Area or Daniel Boone National Forest; walk numerous undeveloped trails; or enjoy a weekend getaway.

Buckhorn Lake is surrounded by landscape as rugged as any found in the State. The plateau is deeply traversed by a series of narrow, winding valleys separated by steep watersheds and covered by a network of continuously branching streams. Originating in the southeast and flowing generally northwestward, the Kentucky River is one of the region's major rivers.

Located in Leslie and Perry counties and was impounded from the Kentucky River by the Louisville District of the Corps of Engineers in 1967.  The lake is 1,230 acres and is in the northern region of the Redbird Purchase Unit of the Daniel Boone National Forest.

Buckhorn Lake is located near the cities of Buckhorn, Oneida, Chavies and Hazard.