Kentucky Tourism

Buckhorn Lake Things To Do

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Basketball goal is located on Marina Road. Sporting equipment may be checked out at the front desk.


Eagles nesting in the winter months can be spotted from the Lodge lobby or dining room. Both the Leatherwood and Moonshine Hollow Trails are great opportunities to hear and see many Woodland Species. As spring arrives, so does the Warbler migration. You can also see water foul such as the Belted King Fisher, Red-Winged Black Bird and the Great Blue Heron.


Water sports enthusiasts will find entertainment on Buckhorn Lake. The marina has 95 open slips, two launching ramps, rental pontoon boats, and fishing boats. Open April - October; $.

Elk Watching

Check event calendar for tour dates. There will be a natural history presentation the evening before you scheduled tour. Continental breakfast will be available the morning of your tour. Tour will be early in the morning and transportation is included in the package. Please come prepared for cold weather, wet and/or icy conditions and expect to walk in muddy conditions.


You can cast away your cares at Buckhorn Lake! The lake is home to largemouth and Kentucky bass, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, and muskie.

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

Don't have a fishing pole? No problem! Stop by the marina and ask about their fishing loaner program where you can check out FREE equipment.

Gift Shop

Located in the lodge lobby, overlooking Buckhorn Lake, you will find a gift shop kiosk with souvenir and Kentucky crafted items.


Hikers can explore the natural beauty and resources of Buckhorn Lake with a stroll along a 1.5 mile, self-guiding, moderately strenuous walking trail.


If you enjoy friendly competition, then Buckhorn is the place for you, Horseshoe pits can be found at the playground area and lower shelter. Overnight guests may check out equipment at the front desk.

Miniature Golf

The challenging 18-hole miniature golf course provides a great opportunity for family fun! Open April 1 – October 31. ($) Equipment may be checked out at the front desk.


Picnic areas can be found a various scenic location across the park. A covered Upper Shelter views the forest and mountains with tables, grill, and rest rooms. A covered Lower Shelter overlooks the lake with picnic tables, grill, and access to restrooms. Both are located on Picnic Area Lane. Contact Group Sales for rental information.


Playground offers jungle gym, both infant and traditional swings, and a slide. Overlooks the lake and is close to the beach area.


The lodge swimming pool is for the exclusive use of lodge and cottage guests. The public beach has a bathhouse complex for visitor convenience. Swimming is seasonal. Beach is open Memorial Day through Labor Day.