Paintsville Lake WMA

WMA Overview

Size: 11220 acres
Location: Johnson & Morgan
Contact: (606) 226-9133; COE office (606) 297-6312.
Elevation: minimum 715 feet, maximum 1265 feet.
Entrance GPS coordinates: Latitude N 37.9003, Longitude W -82.9636
Area Habitat: open land 3.53%, forest 95.78%, wetland 0.03%, open water 0.63%.


Turkey: Open under statewide regulations during the spring season.

Squirrel: Open under statewide regulations during the spring season.

Coyote: Open under statewide regulations.

Groundhog: Open under statewide regulations.

Bullfrog: Open under statewide regulations.

Turtles: Open under statewide regulations.

Fall Hunting dates/regulations are currently pending. 

* Firearms are prohibited for hunting deer, elk, and furbearer on three areas near the dam: 1) the area extending eastward from the drainage of Glade Branch, along the north edge of the lake, to the No Hunting Area surrounding Rocky Knob Recreation Area and enclosing all property from the WMA boundary downslope to the lake edge, and 2) the islands visible from the state park boat ramp at the end of KY 2275, and 3) the area extending eastward along the southern edge of the lake from the drainage of Shoal Branch to the No hunting Area surrounding the dam and ranger station, and extending downslope to the edge of the lake.

Directions & Description

The WMA surrounds most of the shoreline of Paintsville Lake. Approximately 3 miles northwest of Paintsville on HWY 40, then take HWY 2275 to Marina and Dam. To access west side of WMA from West Liberty, take HWY 172 to HWY 3214.

Rolling hills, two-thirds in hardwood forest, some old fields and crop fields.

Opportunities for hunting, fishing, boating, birding on lake. Trout are stocked in Paintsville Lake, refer to the fishing guide for regulations.

Managed by Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Owned by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.