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About Green River Lake
The primary purpose of Green River Lake is flood control. Other project purposes include recreation, fish and wildlife enhancement, water quality and water supply, and land stewardship for some 33,793 acres.

Lands were acquired for Green River Lake through the existing policy at the time, which outlined fee acquisition to a line 300 feet horizontally from flood control pool (in areas where land slopes were steep) or to an elevation of 718 m.s.l. which is 5 feet above flood control pool. The policy further stated that flowage easements be acquired in remote areas of the project. A small percentage of the flowage easement lands (78 acres) were acquired due to loss of access or other economic reasons.

Land Acquisition Policy - Lands were acquired for Green River Lake through the existing policy at the time, which outlined fee acquisition to a line 300 feet horizontally from flood control pool (in areas where land slopes were steep) or to an elevation of 718 m.s.l. which is 5 feet above flood control pool. The policy further stated that flowage easements be acquired in remote areas of the project. A small percentage of the flowage easement lands (78 acres) were acquired due to loss of access or other economic reasons. Located primarily in Taylor and Adair counties with some flowage easement extending into Casey county.  The local area is primarily rural and is served by two small urban centers, these being Columbia in Adair county and Campbellsville in Taylor county.  Manufacturing employment is greatest in textile mill products, apparel and related products, and lumber and wood products.  Industrial and manufacturing growth are expected to continue in future. 

Green River Lake is located in South-Central Kentucky, about 8 miles south of Campbellsville, Kentucky and approximately 94 miles south and slightly east of Louisville, Kentucky.  The damsite is 305.7 miles above the mouth of Green River and 26 miles upstream from Greensburg, Kentucky.  The lake lies in Adair and Taylor counties of Kentucky.  The office/visitor center complex is situated near the dam and just off KY Hwy-55.

Green River Lake operates as a unit in the comprehensive plan for flood protection in the Green River and Ohio River Basins, with major consideration to reduction of flood damages in the upper Green River Valley. It also effects some flood stage reductions along the lower Ohio Rivers The area most directly benefiting from flood reduction is the agricultural areas in the Green River Basin downstream from the dam. The size of the drainage areas at different points on Green River is as follows: Flood Protection Region - Green River Lake operates as a unit in the comprehensive plan for flood protection in the Green River and Ohio River Basins, with major consideration to reduction of flood damages in the upper Green River Valley. It also effects some flood stage reductions along the lower Ohio Rivers The area most directly benefiting from flood reduction is the agricultural areas in the Green River Basin downstream from the dam. The size of the drainage areas at different points on Green River is as follows:

  • To Dam Site - 682 square miles
  • To Munfordville Gage - 1,673 square miles
  • Above mouth of Barren River - 3,140 square miles
  • At Mouth of Green River - 9,220 square miles
Construction began in April 1964 and the dam was completed in June 1969