Nolin Lake

5,800 acres of crystal clear water.

About Nolin Lake

The lake is nestled in the rolling hills of south central Kentucky in Edmonson, Grayson, and Hart counties.

5,800 acres of crystal clear water. Facilities on the lake include wave runners, ski, pontoon and fishing boat rentals. Fully furnished cottages and bed & breakfasts, a state park, as well as individual camping and picnic sites are available near the lake. The natural habitat of the lake is perfect for game fish. In-season catches include smallmouth and largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, walleye and catfish. From I-65 travelers can reach Nolin Lake through several routes.

Corp of Engineers - Nolin River Lake

2150 Nolin Dam Road

P.O. Box 339

Bee Spring, KY 42207

(270) 286-4511

Office hours: M-F, 6:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. (CST)(may vary, call ahead)

The Nolin River is named for the early American explorer and Kentucky militia member, Benjamin Lynn. Serving under George Rogers Clark during the Revolutionary War, Lynn traveled to Illinois to spy on the British and Indian forces, and also played a pivotal role in the Northwest Campaign on 1778-79. Following his return to Kentucky, Lynn and several friends were camped in the Green River Area. Lynn became separated from his friends and could not be found for several days. Each night, they returned from the search reporting “No Lynn.” The river at which they camped became known as the Nolin.

Many of the early settlers in the area around the Nolin River came from Nordic regions which is reflected in community names such as Stockholm and Sweden. Others came from France, showing influence through community names like Moutardier and Chalybeate. Rich in culture, the local area mirrors history and tradition in small businesses around the lake.


3 Corp Campgrounds (Dog Creek Campground, Moutardier Campground, Wax Campground) Camping also at Nolin Lake State Park and Ponderosa Fishing Camp

25 Boat ramps including 5 Corp operated (Moutardier, Van Meter, Dog Creek, Wax and Iberia) and 2 by KY Dept of Fish and Wildlife (Nolin Lake State Park, Bacon Creek)

3 Marinas (Moutardier Marina, Ponderosa Marina, Wax Marina)

developed beaches - Iberia Recreation Area, Dog Creek Campground and Nolin Lake State Park.


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