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Fishtrap Lake


A man-made lake surrounded by natural beauty nestled among mountains and dense forests, Fishtrap Lake will appeal to anyone who loves boating, fishing or hiking. But don't be surprised if the other visitors you meet as you wander around the lake area aren't of the human variety; this site is well-known as a haven for deer, raccoons and even the occasional grouse.

The Army Corp of Engineers broke ground on the 1,130 lake project in 1962, and President Lyndon Johnson dedicated the project upon its completion in 1968.  Fishtrap Lake was created to help control flooding along the Ohio and Big Sandy Rivers.

Fishtrap Lake is located near the cities of Pikeville, Elkhorn City, Kimper, and Fedscreek.