Taylorsville Lake is a 3,050 acre lake located mainly in Spencer County. Construction by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started in 1974. Backwater areas of the lake are also located in Nelson County and Anderson County. The lake is named for Taylorsville, the county seat of Spencer County.During Taylorsville Lake’s creation there was a large amount of standing timber in the lake that still remains today. This timber provides cover for much of the lake’s wildlife. Blue herons are a common sight feeding upon the lake’s ample supply of shad. Major fish species in the lake are largemouth bass, striped bass, hybrid striped bass, white crappie, black crappie, channel catfish, blue catfish, and freshwater drum perch. Fishing with jugs for catfish is a common sight. The two most popular boat ramps, found in the northwestern part of the lake, are Settlers Trace and Possum Ridge, also known as the State Park Ramp. There are two smaller boat ramps upstream, Chowning Lane and Van Buren. There is a small waterskiing course on the lake; other activities include wakeboarding, tubing, jet skiing, and fishing.
Kentucky's largest city, Louisville, is located 35 miles from the lake.