Find Campsites



Status: Open through Sun Oct 12 2014   Season Dates


Dewey Lake Shelters offer a day-use area on the shores of Dewey Lake in eastern Kentucky. Located just west of the Appalachian Mountains, the lake shore offers a peaceful, forested setting with plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities for groups of up to 150 guests.

Natural Features:

The lake is surrounded by rolling, forested hills that rise hundreds of feet above the water. The thick forests and calm water provide habitat for a variety of animals, including bald eagles, black bear, elk, deer, osprey and otters. Fall foliage displays brighten the lush green forests each fall.


The picnic shelters are situated on an open, grassy area with plenty of space for children to play. A hiking trail is located near picnic shelter 4.

Fishing is a popular activity from boats and the shoreline, and anglers will find bass, crappie, brim, bluegill, catfish and muskie. Hunting is also allowed in various areas throughout the land surrounding the lake.

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, which lines much of the western shore of the lake, has many additional amenities and activities, such as off-road bicycling and hiking trails and a marina with boat rentals and docking facilities.


Dewey Lake offers four covered picnic shelters, ideal for family reunions and other large group events. All shelters have electric hookups and are near a playground. Shelter 2 is also adjacent to a baseball field, and shelters 3 and 4 are closest to Dewey Dam.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Baseball Fields
  • Boating
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Ranger Station
  • Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
Dewey Lake Shelter only accepts payments and reservations through Recreation.gov. No payments can be accepted at the site.
  • Alcohol and firearms are prohibited within the park
  • Restrooms close at 10 p.m. through the spring and summer months and at 3:30 p.m. after September

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.74472, -82.72861
37°44'41"N, 82°43'43"W

From U.S. Route 23, turn right onto Route 3 east, which becomes Route 321. Continue for 1.9 miles, then turn onto Route 302 to the Dewey Lake Project Office and Visitor Center.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

HC 70 BOX 540

Phone Number:

Project Office:(606)789-4521