Cave Run Lake

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will celebrate Free Fishing Weekend June 2-3.

Free Fishing Weekend, an annual event since 1992, offers residents and non-residents the opportunity to fish Kentucky waters without a license or permit. Limits on the size and number of fish that anglers may keep still apply. Additionally, anglers may keep trout without possessing a trout permit during free fishing weekend.

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will study the impact of allowing anglers participating in fishing tournaments to keep shorter bass in lakes with special regulations.

The three-year test is limited to two spring and two fall tournaments each year on Lake Cumberland and Cave Run Lake.

United States Power Squadrons

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will conduct public meetings across the state June 5 and June 6 to solicit feedback from the paddle sports community.

“We want to hear from the paddling community - and we will use this input to shape our paddling program going forward,” said Gregory Johnson, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

The meetings will address access, boater safety and other aspects of paddling.


The arrival of Memorial Day weekend signals the start of boating season at lakes and marinas across Kentucky.

The Kentucky State Parks and the Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction want your boating experience with your family to be a safe one. This May – National Electrical Safety Month -- the two agencies want to alert boaters to the dangers of “electric shock drowning.”

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife

Spring break for many conjures thoughts of traveling somewhere warm and catnapping on a beach between rounds of golf.

A staycation sounds much better if you’re a muskellunge angler from Kentucky. The state’s muskellunge fishery has earned a reputation that extends beyond its borders, and experienced anglers know spring is one of the can’t-miss times of the year.

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

Those who enjoy a natural pine, cedar, spruce or fir tree for Christmas often don’t know what to do with it after the holidays. Many resort to putting it out on the street or chucking it in the backyard until spring.

You can dispose of your natural Christmas tree and provide habitat for fish by donating it to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources instead of the tree languishing in the corner of your back yard or being ground into mulch.

Kentucky State Parks

Two caves at Carter Caves State Resort Park have reopened for self-guided tours.

Laurel and Horn Hollow caves were closed in 2009 due to the spread of white-nose syndrome among bat populations. White-nose syndrome was found at Carter Caves in 2013.

There was interest in reopening Laurel and Horn Hollow caves and the emphasis now is focused on limiting the spread of the disease, which does not affect humans.

Guests who want to explore Laurel and Horn Hollow Caves are required to get a permit at the park’s welcome center before entering. The permit is free.

The Warix Run Boat Ramp at Cave Run Lake will be temporarily closed Monday, July 25 through Friday, July 29.

During the closure, the boat ramp will serve as a staging area for a fish habitat improvement project. Artificial habitat structures will be installed in the waters at Warix Run and nearby coves.

“This effort is part of a large, multi-year habitat project for Cave Run,” said District Ranger Jon Kazmierski with the Daniel Boone National Forest. 

Musky Mojo

It is no longer getting dark at dinner time. We are beginning to have days cresting the 50 degree mark. It is enough to make you want to go fishing.

Before you cast a line, however, you need to know about the new fishing regulations that go into effect March 1.

Cave Run Lake Reaches Record Levels

Apr 17, 2015

Several weeks of rain has the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers keeping an eye on the rising reservoir at Cave Run Lake. The reservoir has reached a record pool level of 759.7 feet.

At this point, Corps spokesman Todd Hornback says the dam at the lake is holding the water and preventing it from spilling into the streams and creeks below it.

Southwest Times

A natural Christmas tree is a holiday season tradition in many households.

Cherished are the memories made around it and dreaded is the day when it must come down, even if the needles are dropping like confetti on New Year’s Eve revelers.

A Christmas tree’s usefulness doesn’t end when the holidays are over.

They may be recycled for mulch or donated to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to provide more cover for fish – and better opportunities for anglers.

Cave Run Symphony Orchestra

The second season of the Cave Run Symphony Orchestra opens Sunday, Sept. 21, at 3 p.m. at the Morehead Conference Center.

Guest conductor Soo H. Han will present a program entitled “American Music”. Han is a graduate of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He is director of orchestras and department chair of performing arts at Carmel High in Carmel, Indiana.

Feature: American Bald Eagles Returning to Cave Run Lake

Sep 4, 2014
Ray Stainfield

The American Bald Eagle returned again this year to Cave Run Lake in Morehead. MSPR's Samantha Morrill has the story...

A habitat improvement project has anglers hoping for their next big catch at Cave Run Lake.

Over the next three years, natural and man-made structures will be sunk at several lake locations. These structures will provide safe cover for small fish and foraging habitat for larger fish. 

Fisheries biologists from state and federal agencies are coordinating with sport fishers and volunteers to implement the project. 

Conservation Fisheries, Inc.

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell is calling it an “absurd” choice. The Kentucky Republican is talking about a decision by the Army Corps of Engineers not to allow the water level in Lake Cumberland to return to normal this summer.

McConnell says the action was taken in order to protect a two and a half inch fish on the endangered species list called “the duskytail darter.”

Feature: 15th Annual Cave Run Story Telling Festival

Aug 29, 2013

One of Cave Run Lake’s more popular events is coming up soon.  Morehead State Public Radio’s Jordan Simonson reports…

Cave Run Lake in eastern Kentucky offers many outdoor activities such as boating, swimming, fishing and camping. One activity there has been in operation for more than twenty years, but is often overlooked by visitors.

MSPR’s Paul Hitchcock has the story: