Where to go fishing in Louisville with kids


Fishing with kids can be a lot of fun and certainly provide memories for a lifetime. Louisville and some surrounding counties offer some great places for fishing. 

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Fishing is a fun outdoor family activity. Hikes and parks are a ton of fun with your family to connect with nature and each other. If you are looking for an activity to add to your park visits, why not try fishing? 

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Where to go fishing in Louisville (or nearby)?

It is a KY law to carry a fishing license. Kids 15 and under do not need a license. Parents can purchase one at various stores or online here.  We got ours online and printed it at home. It was super easy and convenient online. Don’t risk it-get a license!

Thurman Hutchins Park has a large pond where fishing is allowed. It also sits directly across the street from Cox Park where you can get a great river view.

The Falls of the Ohio offers three different areas for fishing. Don’t worry, your KY fishing license is good here! Two out of the three fishing spots offer free parking. Check their website for more info on parking options. While you’re there, search for fossils. Can’t beat the views!

William F. Miles Park boasts SIX different fishing lakes. This park is one of the several throughout The Parklands of Floyds Fork. Take your time and also enjoy the hiking that The Parklands have to offer.

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Wendell Moore Park in Oldham County is easily accessible and great for family fishing. 

Shelby Lake has 20 acres of fishing fun. From Louisville, it’s about a 30-40 minute drive. 

Check out Metro Louisville’s list of fishing lakes by searching “fishing” on the left of the metro parks Find a Park page. 


The Kentucky Fish & Wildlife page also has a wealth of information if you want to search further. Find a Fishing in Neighborhoods lake, there are 44 lakes statewide. Like Waverly Park Lake or Tom Wallace Park Lake.  

KY Fish & Wildlife offers a free basic fishing booklet for newbies that’s pretty awesome.  

Looking to get out in nature but don’t want to fish? Go for a hike!

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