Martins Fork Lake

Nashville District
Published Jan. 10, 2024
A shoreline view of Martins Fork Lake

A shoreline view of Martins Fork Lake



Martins Fork Lake

The Nashville District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers welcomes you to Martins Fork Lake. The lake is located at river mile 15.6 on the Martins Fork of the Cumberland River in the scenic mountainous terrain of Harlan County, 13 miles southeast of the town of Harlan, Kentucky. Martins Fork Lake provides a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities including: fishing, hunting, picnicking, camping, sunbathing, hiking, and boating for thousands of visitors each year. 

Martins Fork is fed from two primary sources, Martins Fork and Cranks Creek, which meet in the upper end of the lake.  Below the dam, Martins Fork flows in a northerly direction to Harlan, where it joins the Clover Fork, which then joins the Poor Fork to form the Cumberland River.

The lake is one of several multi-purpose projects in the Cumberland River Basin that is operated and maintained by the Corps of Engineers. The lake is part of the coordinated plan for development of water resources for the Cumberland River Basin. 



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