Summer Rays And Water Waves

The Voice-Tribune Intern

It’s hot outside! Sometimes the family just needs to get away and cool off. Why wait to schedule your summer fun with lengthy vacations? Here are seven great lake and river destinations that are only a day trip’s travel outside of town.

Blue River

112 W. Main St.
Milltown, Ind. 47145
Drive from Louisville: 60 minutes
River length: 57 miles
Water attractions: Canoeing, kayaking
Rentals: Canoes, kayaks
What makes it special: Paddle-faring travelers will find Cave Country Canoes nestled into an old settler’s grist mill on the bank of Indiana’s first scenic river. The river offers fast water, slow pools and everything in between. Visitors can choose from four treks, which all vary in time and distance. Marengo Cave, a U.S. National Landmark, is only five minutes away.

Deam Lake State Recreational Area

1217 Deam Lake Rd.
Borden, Ind. 47106
Drive from Louisville: 45 minutes
Lake size: 194 acres
Water attractions: Beach, fishing, boating
Rentals: Rowboats
What makes it special: This Indiana park is adjacent to the Clarke State Forest. Although boat rentals are minimal, it offers the perfect trinity of water attractions—bathing suits, bait and boats—very close to home.

Green River Lake State Park

179 Park Office Rd.
Campbellsville, Ky. 42718
Drive from Louisville: 120 minutes
Lake size: 8,200 acres
Water attractions: Boating, fishing
Rentals: Pontoons, fishing boats, ski boats, jet skis, houseboats
What makes it special: This giant aquatic playground is perfect for the weekend tubing warrior. All kinds of boats are available to rent, no matter what the day’s plans are.

Herrington Lake

136 S. Homestead Ln.
Lancaster, Ky. 40444
Drive from Louisville: 120 minutes
Lake size: 3,600 acres
Water attractions: Fishing, boating
Rentals: Pontoons, tubes, kayaks
What makes it special: The waters of Herrington Lake contain some of the best fishing available in the state. Bluegill, catfish, crappie and an assortment of bass can be plucked away by the skilled angler.

The Parklands of Floyds Fork

500 Beckley Creek Pkwy
Louisville, Ky. 40245
Drive from Louisville: 25 minutes
River length: 27 miles
Water attractions: Canoeing, kayaking, fishing
Rentals: Canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards
What makes it special: The Parklands are in Metro Louisville’s last major undeveloped area. There are four water access points throughout the park. Green Earth Outdoors offers rental equipment at the Fork’s North Beckley access point. They also offer shuttle equipment for paddlers who can provide their own equipment.

Rough River Dam State Resort Park

450 Lodge Rd.
Falls Of Rough, Ky. 40119
Drive from Louisville: 105 minutes
Lake size: 5,100 acres
Water attractions: Boating, fishing
Rentals: Pontoons, fishing equipment
What makes it special: Rough River is situated southwest of Louisville and adjacent to the Pennyroyal Plain, a flat region rich in limestone and water that is famous for creating a host of large sinks and cave systems. The most notable happens to be named after a large, wooly beast.

Taylorsville Lake State Park

1240 Settlers Trace Rd.
Taylorsville, Ky. 40071
Drive from Louisville: 60 minutes
Lake size: 3,050 acres
Water attractions: Boating, canoeing, fishing
Rentals: Pontoons, deck boats, flat bottom boats, fishing equipment
What makes it special: Don’t need speed or splash to enjoy a leisurely day on the water? Try a luxury pontoon with attached waterslide. You will also find golf nearby.