Activities and Amenities
The rolling, forested hills of rural south central Kentucky offer an extraordinary setting for those who visit the lake. Rough River Lake provides views of ancient sandstone, shale and limestone cliffs.
An abundance of water in the area, both surface and underground, has carved through limestone to create a myriad of sinks and caverns.
The lake itself is home to numerous species of wildlife, including migratory songbirds and waterfowl.
A wide variety of recreational activities and facilities are provided at the lake, including ample opportunities for boating and fishing.
The most sought after fish are bass, crappie and catfish, and bass tournaments occur at the lake throughout the year.
Additionally, pontoon, johnboat and jet ski rentals are available at the nearby marinas.
Laurel Branch Campground offers 71 campsites, several of which have electric hookups. Most of the campsites are waterfront, while others are just a short walk away from the lake.
Additional amenities include a dump station, playground, boat ramp, drinking water and nature trail.
The historic Green Farm is adjacent to the lake. It consists of about 3,000 acres, a large ancestral home, an old water-powered mill and store and a golf course. George Washington once owned part of the land.
Mammoth Cave National Park, which boasts the longest cave system in the world with more than 240 miles of mapped passageways, is about a one-hour drive away.