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Lake Information for Cave Run Lake


Cave Run Lake, located south of Morehead, Kentucky, USA along Kentucky Route 801, is an 8,270-acre (33 km2), artificial lake built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The 148 ft (45 m), half-mile (800 m) dam (and outlet works) construction began in 1965 and was completed in 1973. Cave Run Lake is in the northern part of the Daniel Boone National Forest.[1] Cave Run Lake provides flood protection to the lower Licking River valley, supplies water to the area's communities, improves the Licking River's water flow conditions, and offers a habitat for various species of fish and wildlife.

Facilities and Parks: 

Several ramps are available in Bath, Menifee, Morgan, and Rowan counties.

Fishing Description: 

Gigging and Snagging is prohibited in the main lake and all tributaries up to the first riffle The beds of aquatic vegetation (Eurasian milfoil) continue to rebound (mainly in the lower, clearer, shallower sections of the lake). If this growth continues in 2008, angling for muskellunge, largemouth bass, crappie (particularly black crappie) and other species will be good in and around these beds which show up as the weather warms and die back during the winter months.

Directions to Lake: 

I-64 E of Owingsville; KY 801 S (Exit 133); right on KY 826; first road to right after crossing dam.

Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Optional Information
Surface area: 
Cave Run Lake
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Businesses Located Nearby

Bait & Tackle

    Outpost Rv Park & Campground
  • 340 Cave Run Lake Rd - Salt Lick, KY
  • (606) 683-2311
    Elroy's Bait & Tackle
  • 8089 Stonelick Rd - Maysville, KY
  • (606) 759-5365

Boat Rental

    Cave Run Marina Incorporated
  • 4325 Ky Highway 801 S - Morehead, KY
  • (606) 784-9666
    Long Bow Boat Dock
  • 8020 Highway 1274 - Frenchburg, KY
  • (606) 768-2929
    Lakeside Marine
  • 134 Ky Highway 801 S - Morehead, KY
  • (606) 783-1472

Vacation Rental

    Sunny Brook Cabin Rentals
  • 764 Route 3 - Olive Hill, KY
  • (606) 738-4735
    Hook's Lakeview Motel
  • 4330 Ky-801 S - Morehead, KY
  • (606) 784-1600

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