Rough River Dam State Resort Park
- Miniature Golf
- Wildlife Viewing
DescriptionTop Five Things To Do
1. Spot a Bald Eagle along the Lake Ridge Nature Trail.
2. Rent a pontoon boat and explore the beautiful 5,000 acre Rough River Lake.
3. Explore the 3.8 km permanent orienteering course in a mixed forest and park-like setting.
4. Play disc golf on the new 18-hold lakeside course.
5. Fish for largemouth, white and Kentucky bass, bluegill, channel catfish, crappie and rough fish.
Rough River Dam State Resort Park is one of the highlights of the Rough River Lake area, and is convenient to Louisville, Elizabethtown and Evansville. The park opened in 1962 and has undergone many changes and additions through the years. The park’s wonderful accommodations feature 40 lodge rooms and 17, 2-bedroom cottages. All of these sit conveniently around the great park activities.
Beautiful lake views enhance the appeal of Rough River Dam State Park Lodge in Kentucky. Each of the 40 rooms features private patios or balconies and overlooks the lake. Rooms are available by late afternoon. Lodge room check-out by 11:00am, local time. Closed for seven days during Christmas holiday. We are now pet friendly!
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Grayson’s Landing Restaurant Hours
Restaurants are now carry-out only on days open until further notice.
Thursday 4:30 p.m.–7 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 7 a.m.–7 p.m.
Sunday 7 a.m.–3 p.m.
The restaurant will close between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. for proper cleaning and preparation between meals.
Rough River Dam State Resort Park is surrounded by rolling countryside overlooking a 5,000 acre lake, creating a scenic location for your next event – be it a business meeting, reception or wedding. For more information about hosting a group or wedding CLICK HERE.
Coming to Rough River Dam State Park in Falls of Rough? Aviators can pitch a tent and camp near their aircraft at the airport air camp. The air camp has a central service building with showers and rest rooms. Open year-round. Rate $10.00 per night. No advance reservations. The park has a 3,200 foot paved and lit airstrip with tie downs. Aviation fuel not available.
Visit airnav.com for FAA information on Rough River Dam State Park Airport.
Things to Do
Orienteering is a sport in woods navigation where a person uses a map and compass to complete a course. It can be done by yourself or with your family. It is a great way to spend part of the day discovering new parts of the park! Rough River Dam State Resort Park offers a 3.8 km permanent orienteering course featuring 13 controls (check points) in a mixed forest and park-like setting.
Choose from lodge location.
Summer and fall are the best seasons for birding at Rough River. Species that may be seen include shorebirds and waterfowl, colorful spring and summer neotropical migrants, and raptor species. Common year-round sightings include Eastern Bluebirds, swallows, warblers, Northern Cardinals, Blue Jays, American Robins, woodpeckers, Mourning Dove, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Wild Turkey, & Red-tailed Hawks. Fall and winter brings about sightings of the Red-breasted Nuthatch, Dark- eyed Junco, Evening Grosbeak and shorebirds such as the Ring-billed Gull.
There are many good locations for birding throughout the park. Some of the best locations would include the Lake Ridge Nature Trail, the wooded areas near the campground, from the back patio of the lodge down towards the lake, and the open meadows near the lodge. The best way to see certain species including the Bald Eagle and Great Blue Heron is to take our Lady of the Lake II tour. Eagles are also sometimes spotted from the park near the dam and beach area early in the morning.
Rough River Lake is the perfect location for the water sports enthusiast. The marina offers 120 open slips, 31 houseboat slips, 48 covered slips, and rental pontoon boats. Marina open year-round. Call 270-257-2311 for fees. Launching ramp available year-round.
New 18-hole lakeside disc golf course with recreational and championship tees, for both novice and expert players. Picturesque and challenging course includes a number of lakeside holes. Loaner discs available at the lodge front desk.
The avid angler will delight in the abundance of largemouth, white, and Kentucky bass, bluegill, channel catfish, crappie, and rough fish.A Kentucky Fishing License is required. Click here to purchase a license online at KY Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources.Forget your gear? No problem. Stop by the lodge front desk and ask about our free fishing loaner program!
The gift shop features a large selection of Kentucky handcrafts, Kentucky Proud food items, and souvenirs.
The Lake Ridge Trail, a one-mile nature trail along the shoreline, links the lodge, marina and cottage areas. This is a great trail for bird watching and offers beautiful lake views. For a quiet walk in the woods, the Army Corps of Engineers maintain a self-guided interpretive trail, the Folklore Trail which is a 0.7 mile loop and includes an old pioneer cabin.
A beautiful miniature 18-hole golf course near the lodge provides family entertainment. Seasonal.
Perfect picnic outings are in store at Rough River Dam. Tables, grills, and playgrounds are located throughout the park and a picnic shelter near the beach is available for rental up to two years in advance.
Playgrounds are located throughout the park.
A pool is available for lodge and cottage guests.
Meet your opponent on the court for a game of tennis. Three tennis courts are near the beach; one tennis court is lighted. We have two tennis courts and a volleyball court. Sports equipment is available for check out at lodge desk.
A sand volleyball court is located at the beach. Sports equipment is available for check out at lodge desk.