About Herrington Lake

Map of Lake Herrington

Herrington Lake History: The lake is a 3,600* acre man-made lake located in the Kentucky counties of Mercer, Garrad, and Boyle. The dam was created in 1925 by damming of a Kentucky River tributary called the Dix River to generate hydroelectric power for the Kentucky Utilities Company. Since it’s creation, the dam on Herrington Lake has provided much of the power for Central Kentucky as well as controlled flooding from the Kentucky river by holding additional water when necessary. Kentucky Utilities owns the entire lake shore up to 760 feet of elevation, which essentially makes it a private lake. Above that elevation, the entire shoreline is privately owned.

When built, The Dix River dam was the largest earth filled dam in the world at the time of its completion. The dam measures 1087 feet across the Dix river gorge and sits 287 feet above the riverbed. The Dix River Dam is 24 feet wide at the top, and 750 wide at its base.

Herrington Lake is between 32 – 35 miles long depending on who you ask and features around 325 miles of shoreline. Herrington Lake is the deepest lake in Kentucky. The widely accepted answer that it is 249 feet deep at the deepest. The average depth is right at 78 feet depending on the water level at any time of year. For more Herrington Lake History and fun facts, just ask us. Can you guess at the estimated water capacity of Herrington Lake? It is estimated at 175,000,000,000 gallons of water.

Let’s Go Fishing

Herrington Lake has a reputation for being one of the best fishing reservoirs in Kentucky. Because of this, fishing tournaments are held every weekend throughout the summer, and the Kentucky state record White Bass was caught in Herrington.

Going fishing and want to know what you can catch in Herrington? For example the most commonly fish caught in Lake Herrington are:

  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Spotted Bass
  • White Bass
  • Hybrid Striped Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Black Crappie
  • White Crappie
  • Channel Catfish
  • Flathead Catfish

Herrington Lake Watersports

Planning to visit Herrington Lake soon? There are lots of fun things to do on the water. You will see you will see dozens of boats and personal watercraft out cruising and another couple dozen fishing on any given weekend. Other popular activities include Water skiing, tubing, and wake-boarding are also very popular activities as well.

No matter what kind of water sports or lake activities you decide to partake in, don’t forget your sunscreeen!

Herrington lake above Pandora Marina

*3600 acres according to the Kentucky Tourism website

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