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Laurel River Lake in Kentucky

Trip Overview

My wife and I are avid paddlers. We live in East Tennessee and were looking for a change of scenery. I had heard about Laurel River Lake and was anxious to explore it. We chose a weekday since the weekend would bring out the power boats.

We launched our kayaks at the Marsh Branch boat ramp. This ramp is located just a short drive west of London on highway 192. It is an excellent ramp with ample parking and rest room facilities.

The water was emerald green and very clear, as we began our journey south down Marsh Branch. Along the way we passed the White Oak boat-in camp ground. Keeping the shore line to our left we turned north up Cane Branch and entered the Canadian Goose Management Area. This section of the lake is clearly marked by red bouys and is off limits to power boats.

Cane Branch is beautiful with a pebble covered shore line, as well as huge boulders jutting out into the lake. The mountain laurel was in bloom and with the hemlocks for a background, you could not ask for a more pristine and peaceful place.

We spent the afternoon exploring and after a late lunch on the bank of the lake, we sadly began our journey back.


There are numerous motels in London as well as lots of campgrounds in the National Forest.


A Pass is required to park at Marsh Branch Boat Ramp. They are available at the Ranger District Office at 761 S. Laurel Road. London, KY
A 3 day pass is $5.00


London, KY is located on Interstate 75. Exit 38 onto highway 192 and travel south west into the Daniel Boone National Forest. The Road to the landing is clearly marked.
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water
  • Group Rates: No

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