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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, white bass and muskie at Buckhorn Lake in Kentucky.

Buckhorn Lake, KY

Nestled in the serene Appalachian foothills, Buckhorn Lake is a great place to go boating and fishing. Bass, crappie and musky swim in this 1,230-acre lake in the east-central part of the state.

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Buckhorn Lake, located in southeastern Kentucky, is a hidden gem for fishing, boating, and camping enthusiasts. This serene reservoir offers a peaceful escape in the midst of the beautiful Appalachian Mountains, providing a perfect setting for outdoor recreation.

Fishing at Buckhorn Lake is a popular activity, with anglers targeting a variety of fish species. Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass are the most sought-after catches, providing exciting challenges for anglers of all skill levels. The lake's structure, including submerged trees, rocky points, and underwater ledges, provides ideal habitats for these bass species. Crappie and catfish can also be found in Buckhorn Lake, offering additional angling opportunities for visitors. Whether you prefer casting from the shore or exploring the lake by boat, Buckhorn Lake's fishery is sure to provide an enjoyable fishing experience.

Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, located on the lake's western shore, offers a variety of accommodations, including cabins and a lodge. The park provides additional recreational activities such as swimming, golfing, and hiking trails, ensuring that visitors have plenty of options for outdoor enjoyment during their stay.

Buckhorn Lake in Kentucky offers a tranquil and picturesque setting for fishing, boating, and camping. Its abundant fish populations, calm waters, and scenic landscape create an ideal environment for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you're casting your line, exploring the lake by boat, or relaxing in a campsite, Buckhorn Lake provides a memorable outdoor experience in the heart of Kentucky's Appalachian region.

Quality bass fishing, topped off with the chance to catch a monster musky, make this a great angling destination. You can find everything you need at, or close by the lake. Duffs Bay Marina has rental boats and all the supplies you need. A bait shop, restaurants, lodging and camping stand ready to make your stay pleasant. There are over 60 miles of shoreline, some of which can be accessed for fishing from the bank. Several boat launch ramps are available to the public.

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Primary fish species residing in Buckhorn Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Black crappie White CrappieBluegillWhite Bass Muskie

Buckhorn Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: NO
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Boating is a favored activity at Buckhorn Lake, thanks to its calm waters and scenic surroundings. Anglers and boating enthusiasts can navigate the lake's 1,230 acres of water, which is surrounded by the beautiful Daniel Boone National Forest. Boaters can enjoy leisurely cruises, water skiing, or simply exploring the lake's numerous coves and inlets. The lake provides boat ramps and a marina for easy access to the water, ensuring that boating enthusiasts can make the most of their time on Buckhorn Lake.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Buckhorn Campground Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off State Road 1387, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Buckhorn Lake Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off Marina Lane, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Leatherwood Creek Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off State Road 484, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

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Camping at Buckhorn Lake offers visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. The lake provides campgrounds and RV parks with a range of camping options, including tent camping and RV hookups. The campgrounds are equipped with amenities such as picnic areas, playgrounds, and hiking trails, allowing campers to relax and enjoy the peacefulness of the surroundings. The tranquility of Buckhorn Lake and its forested setting make it an ideal destination for a camping getaway.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Buckhorn Campground - 606 398-7220

US Buckhorn Tailwater Campground - 606 398-7220

Gays Creek Campground - 606 398-7071

Trace Branch Campground - 606 672-3670

Buckhorn Lake KY Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Buckhorn Lake
Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park
4441 KY-1833
Buckhorn, KY 41721
606 398-7510


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