Kentucky Tourism

Green River History

Established in 1969

The Army Corps of Engineers began construction of a dam on Green River in April 1964 to control flooding and completed the project in June 1969. The rock and earth filled structure is located in Taylor County, about 26 miles from Greensburg. The dam is 141 feet high and 2,350 feet long. The 8,200-acre Green River Lake has a 147-mile shoreline and covers parts of Adair, Casey, and Taylor Counties.

Green River Lake State Park opened in 1969 and contains 1,331 acres of land along with the 8,200-acre lake. The park has many attractions for those who love nature and wish to experience the beauty that is Kentucky. The park has an 18-hole miniature golf course, hiking trails, a beach, picnic area, and a playground. The marina has a restaurant, boat slips, and rentals for different types of boats. The lake abounds in bass, bluegill, catfish, and crappie.

Taylor County is filled with exciting episodes of Kentucky history. The “Long Hunters” traversed this area during the 1770s looking for game. During the Civil War the county had two Union recruiting camps established within its boundaries, Camp Hobson and Camp Johnson. Hundreds of young Kentuckians joined the federal ranks in these two camps to fight for the Union.
Part of Green River State Park’s charm is the beautiful scenery that dominates the area. Large hills, some over 900-feet-high, surround the lake. This portion of Kentucky is made up of rolling hills covered with a variety of trees and plant life. The park is one of the most popular campgrounds in the state parks system. The campground is located at the edge of the lake giving campers a close and convenient view of this magnificent body of water.