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Yatesville Lake Things To Do


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Birding
Birding opportunities abound throughout the park with the marina and dam areas the best to observe waterfowl and the occasional visits from the Bald Eagles and Osprey.

The campground trails and golf course areas offer woodlands as well as a few open fields to observe the Wild Turkey, Grouse, Dove, Woodpeckers, Warblers and Cardinals throughout the year. Campers can enjoy the night-time songs of the Whip-Poor Will during the summer camping season.

Seasonal spring/summer visitors include the Hummingbirds, Purple Martins, Robins and a variety of migrating birds. Wintertime visitors include the American Gold Finch family.

Boating
The park hosts two launch ramps (one at the marina, one at the campgrounds) for better access to the lake. Yatesville Lake is well known for its cleanliness and you can rent pontoon boats from the marina to enjoy it to its full extent. The average depth of the lake is 40 feet.Kentucky fishing license required.

Camping
Relax in the scenic lakeside setting of the park's 47 site campground. Opened in 1999, the Pleasant Ridge Campgrounds has 27 full hook up campsites and 20 primitive campsites-16 "boat in" sites and 4 "hike in" sites. The campground also has a playground facility, nature trails, laundry room, restrooms & showers, and a dump station. The "boat in" sites are maintained by a service road and three restroom facilities are spaced alongside. The sites are only accessible via boat, but the seclusion and lakeside access are worth it! The "hike-in" sites are in the regular campground but set back into the woods with no electricity. The setting pays off in communion with nature. The campground also has the park system’s first double RV campsites in which two recreational vehicles may park side by side. The Yatesville Campgrounds was named among the best campgrounds in all of Kentucky and Tennessee by the Menasha Ridge Press. Closed Nov 20 - Mar 31.

Fishing
An ADA-compliant fishing getty and scenic fishing lagoon may be found at our marina area. The Yatesville Lake is highly regarded for its bluegill, crappie, and bass fishing.

A Kentucky Fishing License is required. Click here to purchase a license online at KY Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

Golf
Yatesville Lake State Park is proud to present its newest facility: the Eagle Ridge Golf Course. Completed in 2003, the Eagle Ridge Golf Course is an 18 hole, par 71 delight. The course, built on mountainous terrain, features dramatic views. Eagle Ridge also houses a fully equipped pro shop to provide for golfers' needs such as food & drink, souvenir items, rental clubs, and golfing equipment. Golf packages and season passes are offered. Tee time reservations are accepted. Open Year Round.

Hiking
There is plenty of opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors on several trails for all levels. The 2-mile Pleasant Ridge Trail is near the campground, and the 2.5-mile Mary Ingles Trail system is near the marina with a variety of choices from rugged wooded hiking to exercise paths, and even an ADA self-interpretive nature trail.

Picnicking
The picnic pavilion at Yatesville Lake includes two picnic shelters, a playground area, volleyball, grill, water, and a lakeside setting. The large shelter can hold up to 10 picnic tables while the smaller shelter is often used as an entertainment stage. Reservations are accepted up to one year in advance.

Playgrounds
The picnic pavilion at Yatesville Lake includes two picnic shelters, a playground area, volleyball, grill, water, and a lakeside setting. The large shelter can hold up to 10 picnic tables while the smaller shelter is often used as an entertainment stage. Reservations are accepted up to one year in advance.

Swimming
A public beach area equipped with playgrounds, restrooms & showers, and a snack bar is located near the marina.

Volleyball
The picnic pavilion at Yatesville Lake includes two picnic shelters, a playground area, volleyball, grill, water, and a lakeside setting. The large shelter can hold up to 10 picnic tables while the smaller shelter is often used as an entertainment stage. Reservations are accepted up to one year in advance.

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