In 2016, the Service completed an extensive rehabilitation and extension of Hatchery Creek. The creek provides pristine habitat for trout spawning and rearing and features riffles, pools, and runs, as well as a series of step pools for fish to enter from the Cumberland River. It extends over one mile, meandering through various habitats, and providing water/food sources for native wildlife.
Catch your limit in the upper section of the creek or explore the lower stretches with catch and release techniques. The upper section is accessible, equipped with reserved parking for individuals with handicap permits.
The creek is stocked three to four times per week. The creek limit in the Upper Section is five fish per person per day.
KY fishing license & trout permit required for individuals 16 years old and over. Visit the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources for more information.
Kendall is a multi-use recreation area enveloping 70 acres alongside the Cumberland River on the downstream side of Wolf Creek Dam, adjacent to Wolf Creek NFH. It is the largest recreation area managed by the Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Cumberland. Because of its amenities and location, it is quite the desirable destination for camping recreation. Making reservations in advance is highly recommended.
Kendall Campground, including Kendall Forest Campground (Kendall Annex), will be open for the 2020 recreation season beginning March 26 and will remain in operation through November 30, 2020. To reserve a site visit recreation.gov, or call 1-877-444-6777. Please contact the Lake Cumberland Resource Manager’s Office at (606) 679-6337 with any questions. To reach the Gatehouse, call (270) 343-4660. Learn more about Kendall Recreation Area.
Hiking and biking
Take the Nature Explorer Hiking Trail Hike or bike the 3⁄4 mile trail, experiencing a variety of habitats just outside the Visitor Center. Challenge yourself with the nature trail scavenger hunt. Check with the front desk in the Visitor Center for more information.