Green River Lake

Louisville District
Published Jan. 10, 2024
Aerial view of the dam at Green River Lake in Campbellsville, Kentucky.

Aerial view of the dam at Green River Lake in Campbellsville, Kentucky.

Aerial view of the dam at Green River Lake in Campbellsville, Kentucky.

544 Lake Road.
Campbellsville, Kentucky  42718
(270) 465-4463

Office hours: Mon. - Sun., 7:30 am - 5 p.m. (may vary, call ahead)

Daily Lake Information Line: (270) 465-8824 (updated daily)

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Green River Lake is situated in Adair and Taylor counties, lying amidst rolling terrain, steep bluffs and flowing streams in the section of Kentucky known as the Highland Rim.  The dam, located on the Green River, is an 11 mile drive from the cities of Campbellsville and Columbia, and less than 100 miles from Louisville and Lexington.


The Green River Lake Project was authorized under the Flood Control Act of 1938.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started construction in April 1964, and the lake was completed in June 1969.  In addition to flood protection, recreation and natural resources management are authorized for this Project.


The Corps operates the lake primarily for flood control in the Upper Green River watershed and forms an integral unit in the comprehensive plan for flood control for the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.  The lake’s dam is located 305.7 miles above the mouth of the Green River and 26 miles upstream from Greensburg, Ky.

The Corps keeps the lake at a low level (winter pool) during fall and winter months, when excessive rainfall is likely.  The lake can retain surface water runoff should heavy rains occur, until the swollen streams and rivers below the dam recede and can handle the release of stored water without threatening lives or property.

Green River Lake is the largest project in the Louisville District, counting both the land and water acreage (33,793 acres).  The Corps, in cooperation with the Commonwealth of Kentucky, manages the land and water for wildlife, fisheries and recreation.  Green River Lake provides immeasurable benefits to the local economy through flood protection and recreation.

The 8,210 acre Green River Lake and surrounding area offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, to include campgrounds, boat ramps, picnic shelters, beaches and a Visitor Center.  The Visitor Center is a must see facility and is at the heart of Green River Lake.  Located close to the Dam, the Green River Lake Visitor Center was built in 1972 as the US Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District’s first Interpretive Center and was upgraded in 1978 to house the Corps Office staff.  Today, the Visitor Center is a big attraction to tourists, locals and school groups due to its educational exhibits and helpful staff. 

Project Benefits

Green River Lake has prevented over $195 million in flood damages since impoundment, and in fiscal year 2019 alone the lake generated approximately $40.67 million in visitor expenditures.

Prior records:
Flood Damages prevention - $195.96 million (total to date)
Visitor Expenditures - $40.67 million
Flood Damages prevention - $182.20 million (total to date)
Flood Damages prevention - $172.45 million (total to date)

Project Facts

Dike and Dam Information

Dike Type:



Maximum Height:


103 feet



1,952 feet


Dam Type:

Earth and rock fill


Maximum Height:

141 feet



2,350 feet


Maximum Width at base:

960 feet


Drainage area above dam:

682 square miles








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Total Storage





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Green River Lake