Description - Information courtesy of the Commonwealth of Kentucky
Fishtrap Lake State Park is a new addition to the Kentucky State Parks system. A man-made lake surrounded by natural beauty, Fishtrap Lake was created to help control flooding along the Ohio and Big Sandy Rivers. The Army Corp of Engineers broke ground on the project in 1962, and President Lyndon Johnson dedicated the project upon its completion in 1968. Nestled among mountains and dense forests, the Fishtrap Lake area will appeal to anyone who loves boating, fishing or hiking. But don’t be surprised if the other visitors you meet as you wander around the park area aren’t of the human variety; this site is well-known as a haven for deer, raccoons and even the occasional grouse.
- Long before the lake was ever envisioned however, the natural protection afforded by the surrounding mountains drew early settlers of all types. Kentucky pioneers, many from England and Scotland, found the soil rich and the wildlife plentiful—just what farmers, hunters and trappers were seeking. More than 65-thousand relics from early settlers have been recovered throughout years of periodic excavation. Some of the area’s earliest settlers, however, made a pact not to establish permanent settlements here. Native Americans found it so easy to hunt and fish here, they feared if any one group were allowed to stay for an extended time, the surrounding wildlife would be hunted to the point of extinction. To prevent this possibility, they made it a point to stay for only a short time so all groups could share the natural bounty.
Recreation - The park offers several group and individual picnic sites, along with several picnic shelters. Shelters are available for rent up to one year in advance.
A basketball court is available is available in the marina area.
Boating, Fishing, Hiking
Climate - This state experiences a temperate climate with nearly 50 inches of rainfall annually. Thirteen inches of snow is an annual average in Kentucky. There are four distinct seasons here with summer temperatures reaching 90 degrees F frequently in July and August. Low summer temperatures dip near 70 degrees F at night. Winter high temperatures often reach 45 degrees with lows dipping below freezing. Spring and fall are particularly pleasant seasons in which to visit Kentucky. Fall months are the driest. The humidity levels in the state average near 54 degrees throughout the year. The humidity during the winter months averages somewhat higher.
Fishtrap Lake is 7 miles south of Pikeville in Pike County.