- Miniature Golf
- Wildlife Viewing
- Pedal Boating
General Butler State Resort Park
1608 Hwy. 227
Carrollton, KY 41008
Northern Kentucky River Region
DescriptionALERT: The coronavirus outbreak has led to the closure of some Kentucky State Park facilities such as museums, gift shops and historic homes. For the latest details, click here.
Lodging & Camping
The hilltop Butler Lodge is an attraction within itself. Listen to the piano and admire the Ohio River valley view. Each of the 53 rooms features a private balcony or patio overlooking the pool or hillside. This hilltop resort is the essence of river town charm, featuring the warm glow of polished brass and rich woodwork. Rooms are available by late afternoon. Lodge room check-out by 11 a.m., local time. Standard lodge rooms and cottages are available for guests with pets (there is a fee). No more than two pets are allowed per room/cottage. Other Butler State Resort Park lodging options include 24 one, two and three-bedroom cottages.
The campground offers more than 100 campsites with utility hookups and grills. Showers and rest rooms are available at two central service buildings and one laundry facility is available. Check out by 1 p.m. Open year-round. Please call to reserve a site during the winter months.
General Butler Conference Center has a large meeting space that offers both 400 banquet style and 750 theater style seating. For more information about hosting a group or wedding CLICK HERE.
Two Rivers Restaurant
The Two Rivers’ name and fish camp décor is a reference to the Ohio and Kentucky rivers, which meet in the local area. We serve our signature Kentucky favorites and locally grown produce. Two Rivers has been featured in the book “Dining across Kentucky” as well as on the Kentucky Life television program.
Restaurant hours through May 1, 2020
(Carry out only; we recommend calling ahead to order)
Breakfast 7-10 a.m.
Lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dinner 4-7 p.m.
Port William’s Lounge
A convenient lounge located across from the front desk, offering a wide selection of Kentucky Bourbons, local moonshines and wines. Come take in live music (2nd Friday of the month), watch a game on one of our TVs, or enjoy a meal and drinks with friends.
Monday – Thursday: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 2 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Food served until 1 hour before closing
Butler-Turpin State Historic House
General Butler State Resort Park preserves the Butler-Turpin Historic home built in 1859. The house is a brick federal-style residence with eight large rooms and two wide halls, with a third floor attic and spacious basement area. The home has many period pieces as well as family heirlooms. Attached to the house is the outdoor kitchen. To tour the historic home, purchase tickets at the lodge front desk at least 15 minutes prior to the tour start time. Your tour guide will meet you at the house.
Typical tour times:
Sunday: 10 a.m.
Monday: 10 a.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Tours last approximately one hour.
Admission: $5 adult, $3 under 12, free for children 5 and under.
To arrange for a large group tour or to set up a tour time outside of our standard times, please email [email protected].
Things to Do
Mountain biking is available on our Fossil Trail. It's a 4.5 mile loop trail and is open from April - November. Riders must wear helmets and anyone under 16 years of age must have an adult rider at all times. Trail is rated for the skilled rider.
Birds commonly calling General Butler in the fall to winter include Canada goose, Mallard, Wood Duck, Great Blue Heron, wild turkeys, Dark-eyed Junco, White-throated Sparrow, Yellow-rumped Warbler and Wild Turkey. Birds tending to stay in the park year-round include the Turkey Vulture, Cooper’s hawk, various owls, woodpeckers, Wild Turkey, American Goldfinch, American Red-Winged Blackbird, and the Eastern Bluebird. 3. Birds of Sound: American Black Crow, Blue Jays, Rock Dove and Mourning Dove, Purple Martin, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, sparrows, wrens and American Goldfinch. Those sunniest of small birds seen in spring to summer include Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Whip-poor-will and Tufted Titmouse.
Boat dock open Weekends only (Friday, Saturday & Sunday). Lake open year-round for non-motorized boats.
Enjoy a day on the lake at General Butler. Rental canoes and rowboats are available weekends only (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) at the Boat Dock. No trolling motors allowed on Butler Lake at anytime. Lake open year-round for non-motorized boats.
Bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish have been restocked in 30-acre Butler Lake. Fishing is permitted from the lake shore and from personal non-motorized boats year-round. 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! Ask at the park about their fishing loaner program where you can check out FREE equipment.
Located at the recreation building.
The gift shop is located in the lodge lobby with lots of Kentucky hand crafts, foods and much more to choose from.
To stretch your legs after dinner, take advantage of two nature trails; a 1/4 mile trail between the lodge and the camping area, and a 1/2 mile loop trail in the campground.
Enjoy a game of miniature golf that overlooks the beautiful lake at General Butler. Open Weekends only (Friday, Saturday & Sunday).
The Butler-Turpin Home is located at the rear entrance to the park. The house museum embodies life at the confluence of the Kentucky and Ohio Rivers along with the military contributions of the Butler family. Built in the Greek revival style the house is a three-bay two-story structure with a commanding view of the Kentucky River Valley. The personal effects of military documents, furniture and objects bring to life a family steeped in military history.
Enjoy a day on the lake at General Butler. Rental pedal boats are available seasonally at the Boat Dock.
Picnic area, playground, tennis, basketball courts and shelter house are located near the historic house on the west side of General Butler State Resort Park.
The lodge swimming pool is available for lodge and cottage guests. The Lodge Pool will remain open past Labor Day Weekend, weather permitting; but will close at 9 p.m.
Current Camper Swim Times 4:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
Three courts at the back entrance and one court near the lodge. Racquets can be checked out by overnight guests.
- Butler-Turpin Historic House Tour: Adults: $5.00
- Butler-Turpin Historic House Tour: Children under 12: $3.00
- Butler-Turpin Historic House Tour: Children 5 and under: $0.00
- Miniature Golf: Adults: $5.00
- Miniature Golf: Children 15 and under: $4.00