Swimming lakes around Louisville


Lakes are great and there are lots of them within a two hour drive of Louisville. We have compiled a list of lakes that a fun to visit and cool off in within a two hour drive of Louisville.

lakes around louisville

Want to take a dip, enjoy a shore line and not go to far from home? We have you covered. Take a look at our list of lakes that are about a two hour drive from the Louisville area and swim friendly.

Lakes in Kentucky (within a two hour drive of Louisville)

For 2020, many swimming lakes will open June 29. Check with each location before heading out!

Confirmed: Lake Beaches will open for swimming at lakes managed by US Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District. This includes Nolin, Barren River, Green River, Rough River. 

beach near Louisville


Barren River Lake – Lucas, KY.

Nolin Lake State Park – Mammoth Cave, KY.

Rough River State Park – Falls Of Rough, KY

Green River Lake – Campbellsville, KY

Herrington Lake – Harrodsburg, KY

Laurel River Lake – London, KY

Taylorsville Lake – Mt. Eden, KY

Cedar Creek Lake – Lincoln County, KY

Lakes in Indiana (within a two hour drive of Louisville)

Lake Monroe – Bloomington, IN

Deam Lake – Borden, IN

Hidden Paradise – St Paul, IN

Morse Park – Hanover, IN

Patoka Lake – Birdseye, IN

Starve-Hollow State Recreation Area – Vallonia, IN

*we recommend you call and/or check online to be sure the swimming area is open. Sometimes specific lakes close the beaches for one reason or another. 

Lakes swimming not for you? Check out swimming pools and splash pads in Louisville.

Did we miss a lake that is great for swimming? Email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net to let us know about it.

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