Fishtrap Lake Wildlife Management Area

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KY 460
Pikeville KY 41501

Developed by the Army Corp of Engineers, Fishtrap Lake is contained by the highest dam in Eastern Kentucky. During the summer recreation season, the lake is 16.5 miles long and has a surface area of 1,131 acres. Visitors can expect to enjoy the beautiful scenery, boating, skiing, hiking, fishing, camping and picnicking. You can also expect to meet various wildlife while visiting as well. State regulated hunting is also permitted.

Being a recent addition to the Kentucky State Parks system, Fishtrap Lake State Park was originally developed as a way to prevent flooding along the Big Sandy Rivers. This project took The Army Corp of Engineers 6 years to complete, from the ground breaking in 1962 until it’s dedication by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968. The park was opened to the public in 2003.

Hunting, Fishing and More

Fishtrap Lake provides a multitude of activities for the casual and serious outdoors enthusiast. When hunting season is in full swing, expect to find plenty of deer, fall turkey and more. The following is a list of statewide regulations for hunting at Fishtrap Lake.

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