Kentucky Tourism

Nolin Lake History

Established May 2001

In May 2001 Nolin Lake State Park opened to the public. The 5,795-acre lake created from the impoundment of the Nolin River in 1963 and the 333-acre park are located along the northern edge of Mammoth Cave National Park in Edmonson County.  Nolin Lake State Park is an excellent place to camp and fish.  The park has 32 campsites with hookups for water and electricity, along with 27 primitive campsites.  There is a public beach, shower and laundry facilities, a playground, and the lake has an abundance of bass, catfish, crappie, and walleye.

The area surrounding Nolin Lake State Park is topographically diverse.  Edmonson County is part of “Cave Country” and is the home to Mammoth Cave, the longest explored cave system in the world.  Since the beginning of guided cave tours more than 200 years ago, millions of visitors have come to explore the more than 412 miles of known passageways.  Visitors today come to Mammoth Cave National Park for adventure and entertainment both below ground and above.  Cave Country is an unforgettable destination known not only for underground wonders, but rolling hills, interesting rock formations, and the beautiful and amazingly biodiverse Nolin and Green Rivers are sure to leave a lasting impression on all visitors to south-central Kentucky.