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It is always a great day for a picnic in the park.
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4441 Ky Hwy. 1833
Buckhorn, Kentucky   41721

Phone: 606-398-7510
On June 28, 1938, under what has come to be known as the Flood Control Acts of 1938, Congress authorized the construction of a dam and reservoir about 43 miles above the mouth of the Middle Fork of the Kentucky River and about a half mile upstream from Buckhorn, Ky. The dam is 162 feet high, 1,020 feet long, and 842 wide at the maximum base. The reservoir located in both Leslie and Perry Counties covers 550 acres, and the seasonal pool is 1,230 acres.

The Kentucky State Parks Board approved the acceptance of Buckhorn Lake into the commonwealths parks system on January 18, 1961. The area has some of the most dramatic and beautiful scenery in Kentucky. However, the seclusion of the park caused a great deal of difficulty in obtaining road access during the early 1960s. The Kentucky Department of Highways constructed a road over the mountain to the park, but the stabilization of the road took two years before commercial traffic could utilize it. The park did not officially open until 1965.

Located in the northern portion of the Daniel Boone National Forest in the foothills of the Cumberland Plateau, Buckhorn Lake State Park has 856 acres of lush Kentucky mountain land. The name for the park and nearby town came from the discovery of a bucks horn at a nearby saltlick. Another story recounts how Jerry Smith, the first white settler in the area killed a four snag buck, thus giving the name to the community. The surrounding forest is filled with wildlife and Buckhorn Lake has excellent fishing. Bluegill, large and smallmouth bass, catfish, crappie, and muskie abound in the lakes waters.

By August 1964 Buckhorn Lake had a 24-room lodge, a beach, bathhouse, picnic facilities, and camping sites. On May 22, 1967 the Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration approved a project to further develop the park. New lodge rooms, resort pool, boat slips, horseback riding trails, fishing pier, and miniature golf course were added to the park.
History of the Area
Located in Perry County, the area now known as Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park was once inhabited by Native Americans. European settlers arrived later, using the land primarily for subsistence farming and logging due to its fertile soil and abundant timber.

In 1961, a dam constructed on the Middle Fork of Kentucky River created Buckhorn Lake for flood control purposes. The resulting reservoir spurred recreational development; subsequently leading to establishment of park facilities focused on leisure activities like boating and fishing.

The resort component emerged with lodging options designed to attract visitors seeking outdoor experiences combined with comfort amenities such as dining services or overnight accommodations.

Historical features nearby include remnants of pioneer settlements within Daniel Boone National Forest which borders part of the lake's perimeter offering insight into early American frontier life.

Infrastructure improvements have been made including modernizing lodgings while maintaining environmental integrity through conservation efforts ensuring sustainable use balancing human enjoyment with natural preservation.
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Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Kentucky: Take KY-15 South from Jackson. Turn left onto Buckhorn Dam Road. Follow signs to the park entrance.

From Lexington: Take I-64 East to Exit 98 for Mountain Parkway toward Winchester/Campton. Continue on Mountain Parkway and take exit 43A for KY-15 S/Slade/Gladie/Daniel Boone National Forest.

Drive south on KY-11 until you reach Beattyville, then turn right onto US Highway 52 West/KY Hwy 399 North.
Continue straight ahead until you see signs directing you to Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park's entrance road.

Once inside the park:
Follow signage leading towards lodge or campground area depending upon your destination within the resort.