Paintsville Lake

Paintsville Lake State Park
1551 KY 2275
Staffordsville, KY 41256
Phone: (606) 297-8486
Park Manager: David Riley

Close to the Home of Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle, and Chris Stapleton!

With steep cliffs and wooded coves along the shoreline, this state park lake in eastern Kentucky provides 1,140 acres for your boating, skiing and fishing pleasure. The park offers three great trail options. Hikers will love the 1.6-mile Kiwanis Trail. The Dawkins Line Rail Trail is open to hikers, bikers and horseback riders and stretches 18 miles from Johnson County to Magoffin County.

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After a day on the lake, relax in the campground, featuring 32 developed sites with restrooms, showers, laundry and sewer hookups waterfront picnic tables, two playgrounds and other recreation. If you prefer a primitive walk-in campsite, there are 10 available. A full-service marina is located near the campground, offering rental houseboats, pontoons and fishing boats.

The 242-acre Paintsville Lake State Park is located in portions of Johnson and Morgan Counties in eastern Kentucky. The park borders over 13,000 acres leased by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Created by the Corps of Engineers and opened to the public in May 1984, Paintsville Lake covers more than 1,100 acres, is 26 miles long, and in places is more than 100 feet deep. Fishing is an important sport at the park. Largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass are some of the favorite catches in this mountain lake. Also to be found in the lake’s waters are catfish, rainbow trout, sunfish, and walleye. Paintsville Lake has a full service marina with over 160 boat slips. Boat rentals are available for those who wish to enjoy fishing or just taking a leisurely boat ride. There is also a four-lane launching ramp to the lake.

Things to Do:

  • Basketball
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Horseshoes
  • Pedal Boating
  • Hiking – Kiwanis Trail (1.6 Miles), Dawkins Line Rail Trail (18 Miles)
  • Picnicking
  • Playgrounds
  • Volleyball

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Close By Destinations and Attractions:

Butcher Holler – Loretta Lyn’s Home-place
Dawkins Line Rail Trail

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