Activities at Danville's Herrington Lake
Herrington Lake in Danville, KY, gives water lovers a place to play.
PHOTO CREDIT: Brian McCord
A 28-minute journey from Boyle County, Kentucky’s deepest lake, Herrington Lake bottoms out at almost 250 feet. Easily accessed through Mercer or Garrand County and only 17 miles from the Danville-Boyle area, you’ll find 2,335 acres well stocked with bluegill, catfish, crappie, hybrid striped bass, largemouth bass, spotted bass and white bass.
Since 1925, this 35-mile-long lake – created by damming the Kentucky River's tributary Dix River – has been generating hydroelectric power to nearby communities. A larger ratio of residents to outside visitors frequents the area, making this an enjoyable and relaxing place to visit for the weekend, overnight or just a day.
Herrington Lake Marina offers an array of boating services, lodging and dining, several golf courses, trails, lakeside rentals and campgrounds. Popular marina rentals include jet skis, wakeboards, pontoons and houseboats. Cycling, hiking and horseback riding are also encouraged by 325 miles of shoreline.
The lake buzzes with loads of residents and visitors during its peak midsummer season, attracting hobby fishermen, boaters and vacationers alike. Heavy rainfall each May and a relatively dry October lend the most enjoyable weather to late-spring and early-fall visits. As things quiet down for the off-season, you don’t have to worry about the lake or its gilled residents being found scarce. The active Herrington Lake Conservation League restocks the lake regularly, working to protect the wildlife and natural surrounding and attractions and keeping the lake at its best all year long.
35 miles long
Up to 249 feet deep
Man-made by damming Dix River, a tributary of the Kentucky River
Created by Kentucky Utilities in 1925, generates hydroelectric power (now mostly used during high-water situations)
Regularly stocked with fish: bluegill, catfish, crappie, hybrid striped bass, largemouth bass, spotted bass, white bass
Touches Mercer, Garrand & Boyle counties
Very rainy in May, driest in October
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