10 Gorgeous Lakes To Visit Around Louisville This Summer

When summer descends upon the Bluegrass State, it can only mean one thing: time to go play at one of the many beautiful lakes in Louisville! Whether it’s swimming, boating, fishing, or simply admiring the beautiful bodies of water around our city, there are plenty of lakes in our little region of Kentucky that are well suited for any of your summer needs Some of these lakes may require a bit of driving, but they’re all located within a three-hour radius of Louisville.

What are your favorite beautiful lakes to visit in Louisville? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook! To learn about more beautiful Kentucky lakes, check out this article about the best lakes in the state.

Address: McNeely Lake Park Road, McNeely Lk Pk Rd, Louisville, KY 40229, USA
Address: Deam Lake State Recreation Area, 1217 Deam Lake Rd, Borden, IN 47106, USA
Address: Lake Nevin, Kentucky 40165, USA
Address: Lake Reba, Richmond, KY 40475, USA
Address: Hardy Lake, Johnson Township, IN 47170, USA
Address: Laurel River Lake, Kentucky, USA
Address: Lake Cumberland, Kentucky, USA
Address: Waverly Park, Lakeview, GA 30741, USA
Address: Waverly Park Lake, 3507 Hardwood Forest Dr, Louisville, KY 40214, USA
Address: Taylorsville Lake, Kentucky 40008, USA
Address: Shelbyville, IN 46176, USA
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Beautiful lakes in Louisville

May 16, 2022

What are some beautiful beaches to visit in Louisville?

Looking for a bonafide beach day in the Bluegrass State? Head to Laurel River Lake, which boasts clear-blue waters that are so beautiful, they absolutely rival anything you’d find in the Caribbean. Laurel River Lake is located near London, Kentucky in the heart of Daniel Boone National Forest. This 5,600-acre lake has a lot to offer, including beautiful water and lovely surroundings. As one of the deepest and cleanest lakes in Kentucky, this is a unique place to get out on the water, but there is plenty to experience from its shoreline. The Laurel River Dam is also an incredible engineering feat. The photo below shows the dam after some winter flooding. Near the dam’s spillway, you’ll find an unexpected sandy beach where you can relax for the day and play in the water. The beach is maintained by the Corps of Engineers, and while not known all over the state, it is a favorite summertime spot for those who live in and visit the area. Roll out a towel and relax!

Of course, if you’re up for a drive, there’s a beach about three hours from Louisville that, in our opinion, is *the* best and most beautiful in Kentucky. We’re talking about Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, one of the most underrated treasures in the state. This Kentucky State Park is 2,871 acres of pure Bluegrass beauty, offering an abundance of opportunities for outdoor recreation of both the land and water varieties. The park’s crown jewel is the 1,100-acre Dewey Lake, a cerulean pool with some of the bluest water in the state. You’ll be dazzled by its azure waters, which make Jenny Wiley State Park truly stand out — even in a state that’s known for its abundance of rivers and lakes!

Address: McNeely Lake Park Road, McNeely Lk Pk Rd, Louisville, KY 40229, USA
Address: Deam Lake State Recreation Area, 1217 Deam Lake Rd, Borden, IN 47106, USA
Address: Lake Nevin, Kentucky 40165, USA
Address: Lake Reba, Richmond, KY 40475, USA
Address: Hardy Lake, Johnson Township, IN 47170, USA
Address: Laurel River Lake, Kentucky, USA
Address: Lake Cumberland, Kentucky, USA
Address: Waverly Park, Lakeview, GA 30741, USA
Address: Waverly Park Lake, 3507 Hardwood Forest Dr, Louisville, KY 40214, USA
Address: Taylorsville Lake, Kentucky 40008, USA
Address: Shelbyville, IN 46176, USA