The Lake

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Whether its a steamy fresh morning like this picture above, or a gloriously sunny day with a beaver strolling across like this picture below, the 15 acre lake is a place of stunning beauty.

After being rebuilt in 2001, the lake fills a valley just a half mile from one of the great rivers of North America, the Ohio River.  A large dam wall was constructed with dirt and clay from on site that dry dusty summer.   This is what gives the deep bowl its 25 feet depth in the front which is eastern edge of the lake.

The front bowl contains the spillway which helps to regulate the height of the water in the impoundment.  It is a narrow channel, acting as a stream way for excess water evacuation.  The spillway is a cool feature because it leads to the waterfall but also is like a mini-cut in the hill.  This allows visitors to get a closeup look of the geology and the layers of limestone that are there.The front half of the lake is still quite deep but does gradually shallow as you move west towards the back of the lake.  It immediately gains a sinuous coast mimicking the lay of the land as water is the ultimate level, showing exact contour lines over large landscapes.  You can fish easily from the banks on the northern slope as this ridge is quite gradual and well orientated for fishing.  Access is very easy although in the rainier parts of the year crossing the spillway maybe a bit difficult. We have placed numerous brush piles and felled several large trees to create cover for the fish and make your success more likely. We also have an aerator to bring more oxygen into the lake and de-stratify the temperature layers.

Right in the middle of the lake it doglegs and takes a more northerly angle forming the back part of the lake which is much shallower.  The back has lots of edge with many coves which are good fishing spots.  This part is surrounded with thick forest but small clearings make fishing possible from the banks.

From the banks of one of the back coves looking towards the front of the lake

From the banks of one of the back coves looking towards the front of the lake

Many of the coves have fallen trees or submerged habitat to attract the fish as they congregate close to structures quite often.  So be careful of them because you can get hung up in them but fishing them can be rewarding.

Whether it is hiking, fishing, birdwatching, or photography, the setting here of the lake is going to put a smile on your face at some point from its beauty.  So come out and enjoy a show like this sunset below.

17 thoughts on “The Lake

    • You can’t really do a loop because the water extends on the neighbors property. But you have access on both sides.

  1. I have fished this for more than 40 years it has some huge bass in it I hope you all catch and release to catch another day lots of bluegill & crappie the crappie will be 9 inches up to 16 so for a nice get away and a mess of panfish I give this lake a thumbs up randy j see ya there

  2. What kind of camping spots do you have? I assume no water or elec hookups? How far from parking are the camping spots?

    I assume fishing is additional from the camping price? ($12+$10?)

    • we have ridge tops that are perched above the lake. They are rustic with no toilets nearby but up at the bar. No water, no electric. Fishing is additional. We are filling up so give me a call if you would like to reserve one. We have a nice one that is well shaded with easy access to the water. Cleared on the top with shade trees overhanging much of it with a large fire pit. give me a call at 859 586 5542 as i will not be on the net till tomorrow again. Thanks

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