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Description - The 710 acre lake and surrounding area offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. The Corps, in cooperation with the Commonwealth of Kentucky, manages the land and water for wildlife, fisheries and recreation. The menu on the right leads you to specific recreation and other lake information. Settlement of the Carr Fork area began as early as the 1770s when trappers passed though Cumberland Gap and Pound Gap into the Eastern Kentucky mountains. Settlers came from North Carolina and Virginia with some from what later became West Virginia and Tennessee. Carr Fork is thought to have gotten its name from William Carr, a well-known “Long Hunter,” who hunted in the area.

Attractions - Carr Creek Lake offers many recreational opportunities. For the sportsman, fishing is an ever-present activity. Crappie, bass, bluegill, and walleye are plentiful in the lake and provide hours of fishing enjoyment. Also, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife release trout in the tailwater throughout the summer months. For those who prefer not to fish, bring a boat anyway and spend time exploring the lake or water-skiing. The lake information line (606) 642-3307) or the Carr Creek Marina (606) 642-3239) may be contacted for further information on boating and fishing. For the hikers, there is a short (less than one mile) nature trail located in the Dam/Tailwater area. For a bit more adventure, there is a six-mile trail, known as the Sugar Branch Trail, beginning at the dam and ending at Sugar Lake Road. On hot days, swimming is a refreshing pastime. A beach is located in the Carr Creek State Park. The office can be reached at (606) 642-4050 and is open to the public during daylight hours throughout the summer. Enjoy picnicking? There are eight picnic shelters and additional picnic areas available for public use in the recreation areas around the lake. Picnic shelter reservations can be made by calling the Littcarr Campground gate attendants at (606) 642-3052. Is camping what you had in mind? There are two campgrounds at Carr Creek Lake open April through October. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operates Littcarr Campground located on Highway 160. Littcarr Campground, with telephone number (606) 642-3052, offers excellent camping opportunities. The campground has 46 sites with electric and water hookup. Kentucky Department of Parks maintains Carr Creek State Park Campground located on Highway 15. Carr Creek State Park can be reached at (606) 642-4050 and offers camping to RV and tent campers.

Recreation - Carr Creek Lake offers many recreational opportunities. For the sportsman, fishing is an ever-present activity. Crappie, bass, bluegill, and walleye are plentiful in the lake and provide hours of fishing enjoyment. Also, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife release trout in the tailwater throughout the summer months. For those who prefer not to fish, bring a boat anyway and spend time exploring the lake or water-skiing. The lake information line (606) 642-3307) or the Carr Creek Marina (606) 642-3239) may be contacted for further information on boating and fishing. For the hikers, there is a short (less than one mile) nature trail located in the Dam/Tailwater area. For a bit more adventure, there is a six-mile trail, known as the Sugar Branch Trail, beginning at the dam and ending at Sugar Lake Road. On hot days, swimming is a refreshing pastime. A beach is located in the Carr Creek State Park. The office can be reached at (606) 642-4050 and is open to the public during daylight hours throughout the summer. Enjoy picnicking? There are eight picnic shelters and additional picnic areas available for public use in the recreation areas around the lake. Picnic shelter reservations can be made by calling the Littcarr Campground gate attendants at (606) 642-3052. Is camping what you had in mind? There are two campgrounds at Carr Creek Lake open April through October. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operates Littcarr Campground located on Highway 160. Littcarr Campground, with telephone number (606) 642-3052, offers excellent camping opportunities. The campground has 46 sites with electric and water hookup. Kentucky Department of Parks maintains Carr Creek State Park Campground located on Highway 15. Carr Creek State Park can be reached at (606) 642-4050 and offers camping to RV and tent campers.

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.

Location - Carr Creek Lake is located in the mountainous region of southeastern Kentucky, about 16 miles from Hazard and 18 miles from Whitesburg From Knoxville, TN: Take I-75 N toward Lexington. Take the KY-192 exit- Exit Number 38- toward London. Turn right onto KY-192 East. Turn right onto Daniel Boone Parkway East (Portions toll). Take the KY-15/KY-80 West exit- Exit Number 59- toward Jackson/Hazard. Turn right onto KY-15/KY-80. Continue to follow KY-15. Turn a sharp left onto Sassafras Creek Road/Main Street. End at Sassafras, Ky. Distance is approximately 167 miles.


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Carr Creek Lake, HCR32 Box520 , SASSAFRAS, KY, 41759-9703, Phone: 606-642-3308

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