By Hayley Robb, Building Kentucky
Known for its clear and deep waters, Laurel River Lake located in London was recognized as Kentucky’s prettiest lake in the Reader’s Digest nationwide list.
From the vast Great Lakes to the man-made reservoirs right here in the Commonwealth, the list highlights the landmarks and vistas each state has to offer.
Laurel River Lake is located in the London Ranger District of the Daniel Boone National Forest and features more than 5,500 acres of crystal-clear water and nearly 200 miles of tree-lined shore.
In 1960, Congress authorized construction of a dam that created the lake to provide hydroelectric power, a safe supply of drinking water for local communities and a recreation hub for the public.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began constructing the dam in 1964 and by 1977 was producing electricity.
Today, the U.S. Forest Service and London Ranger District administer most of the lake’s operations while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers oversees the operation of the Laurel River Dam and recreation facilities including a picnic site and swimming beach at the spillway.
With hundreds of coves and cliffs lining the shore, Laurel River Lake boasts activities for all Kentuckians. Popular activities include boating, fishing, wildlife viewing, swimming and scuba diving in one of the state’s deepest, clearest lakes.
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