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PAINTSVILLE LAKE STATE PARK
PAINTSVILLE LAKE STATE PARK
1551 KY 2275
Staffordsville, Kentucky   41256

Phone: 606-297-8486
With steep cliffs and wooded coves along the shoreline, this lake provides 1,140 acres of boating, skiing and fishing pleasure.

After a day on the lake, relax in the campground, featuring 32 developed sites with restrooms, showers, laundry and sewer hookups. A full-service marina is located near the campground, offering rental houseboats, pontoons and fishing boats.
History of the Area
The 242-acre Paintsville Lake State Park is located in portions of Johnson and Morgan Counties in eastern Kentucky. The park borders over 13,000 acres leased by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Created by the Corps of Engineers and opened to the public in May 1984, Paintsville Lake covers more than 1,100 acres, is 26 miles long, and in places is more than 100 feet deep. Fishing is an important sport at the park. Largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass are some of the favorite catches in this mountain lake. Also to be found in the lakes waters are catfish, rainbow trout, sunfish, and walleye. Paintsville Lake has a full service marina with over 160 boat slips. Boat rentals are available for those who wish to enjoy fishing or just taking a leisurely boat ride. There is also a four-lane launching ramp to the lake.

Johnson and Morgan Counties are located in eastern Kentucky, where traditions of coal mining and timber cutting are a part of the regions culture and economy. The rugged beauty of the areas hills and valleys has been a source of inspiration for poets and singers for many years. Country music greats such as Loretta Lynn and her sister Crystal Gayle grew up in this beautiful region of Kentucky.

Along the jagged cliffs that line the lake a variety of wildlife can be found. Black bears are once again making their home in the area. There is an abundance of deer, squirrels, rabbits and ruffled grouse in the woods surrounding the park. The scenic beauty of the Paintsville Lake region is a wonderful destination for both sportsmen and naturalists.
Camping
The 32-site campground has electricity, water, and sewer hookups at each site. In addition, there are 10 primitive sites. Restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities are provided. Two of the RV Sites are adapted for the disabled. Pets are allowed if restrained. Open year-round.
Boating
A full-service marina offers 84 open slips, 80 covered slips, a launching ramp and rental of fishing boats, houseboats, pontoons and pedal boats.
Fishing
Enjoy fishing in a 1,140-acre lake known for its abundance of largemouth bass and bluegill. Other species include crappie, catfish, walleye and muskie. Boat rentals are available on-site.


Location
Paintsville Lake State Park is located near Louisa, Prestonsburg and Salyersville

Picnicking
Two sheltered pavilions and two shelters are located on the park. Each can be reserved in advance by calling the campground number.
Bicycling
Biking enthusiasts can explore a variety of trails, but caution is advised due to the hilly and rugged terrain.

The park's multi-use trail system offers both challenging climbs and leisurely rides for all skill levels.

Mountain biking requires extra care as some paths are steep with sharp turns; helmets are strongly recommended.

For those seeking less strenuous options, paved roads within the area provide safer cycling opportunities.

Please note that cyclists must yield to pedestrians on shared pathways in order to maintain safety standards.

Remember: always carry water, wear appropriate gear and follow posted signs when exploring these bike routes.
Trails
Kiwanis Trail - 1.6 mile trail, rated easy, plenty scenic views of lake, located across from administration building at the Mountain Home Place, wildlife viewing is also possible.

Adena Trail - 7 mile trail, orienteering course, located near the dam.

Dawkins Line Rail Trail - Located a short drive from the park, directions available at park or online. The first 18-mile leg of the trail, from Hagerhill in Johnson County to Royalton in Magoffin County, was opened to hikers, cyclists and horseback riders on June 15, 2013. This 18-mile section features 24 trestles and the Gun Creek Tunnel, which is 662 feet long. The trail follows the old Dawkins Line railroad bed that runs from Hagerhill to Evanston.
Birding
The park offers a variety of birding opportunities, with over 100 species spotted. It features diverse habitats attracting different birds like warblers and waterfowl. Birdwatchers can explore trails or participate in annual events such as the Christmas Bird Count.

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