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Overview of Yatesville Lake State Park

Yatesville Lake State Park is a recreational haven located in eastern Kentucky, near the town of Louisa in Lawrence County. This state park offers a variety of outdoor activities for visitors including camping, boating, fishing, and hiking, all centered around the beautiful 2,300-acre Yatesville Lake.

Camping Facilities

Camping Options:

  • The Yatesville Lake State Park provides a campground with 47 Class A campsites.
  • Each site typically offers utility hookups (electric and water), as well as access to restrooms and shower facilities.
  • Many of the campsites have a scenic view of Yatesville Lake adding to the allure of the park.


  • Campsite reservations can be made through the Kentucky State Parks reservation system online or by phone.
  • It's recommended to book early, especially for holiday weekends or peak camping seasons.



  • The lake has a marina equipped with boat rental options for those who wish to explore Yatesville Lake.
  • There are multiple boat ramps available for use.


  • Yatesville Lake is known for excellent fishing, with common catches including bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish.
  • A valid Kentucky fishing license is required for anyone aged 16 or older.

Hiking and Trails:

  • The park features trails for hikers of all levels, including the 20-mile-long Pleasant Ridge Trail that circles much of the lake.
  • These trails are good for seeing local wildlife and appreciating the natural beauty of the area.

Park Amenities

Recreational Facilities:

  • Yatesville Lake State Park includes a golf course for visitors looking to enjoy a game in a scenic setting.
  • Picnic areas and playgrounds are also available, ideal for family outings.

Events and Programs:

  • The park occasionally hosts events and educational programs. Check the park's official schedule to see what's happening during your visit.


Flora and Fauna:

  • The park is home to diverse species of plants and wildlife. Deer, wild turkeys, and various bird species are common sights.
  • The luscious greenery and woodlands provide a great opportunity for nature photography and bird watching.

Safety and Regulations

Firewood Policy:

  • To prevent the spread of invasive species, the park encourages visitors to buy firewood locally or gather it within the park where allowed.
  • Transporting firewood from out-of-state is typically discouraged.

Pet Policy:

  • Pets are generally allowed in the park but must be kept on a leash and supervised at all times.
  • Be sure to check for any site-specific pet rules when making your reservation.

Contact and Reservations

Contact Information:

  • Before visiting or to make a reservation, please check the most recent information and conditions as they can change. You can contact the park directly.

Booking a Site:

  • Visit the Kentucky State Parks website or contact their reservation call center for the latest information on campsite availability and to secure a spot.

Getting There

  • Yatesville Lake State Park is located near U.S. Route 23. It's marked by signs, making it accessible for first-time visitors.
  • The nearest major city is Huntington, West Virginia, which is approximately 30 miles north of the park.


If you're planning a trip to Yatesville Lake State Park, make sure to come prepared for outdoor activities and to respect the park's natural environment. With a little planning, your camping trip to Yatesville Lake can be a memorable adventure in the heart of Kentucky's beautiful wilderness.

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