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

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Looking for the most beautiful beaches to visit in Kentucky? 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!