Rough River Lake WMA

WMA Overview

Size: 4180 acres
Location: Breckinridge, Grayson & Hardin
Contact: (270) 646-5167; COE office (270) 257-2061
Elevation: minimum 424 feet, maximum 633 feet.
Entrance GPS coordinates: Latitude N 37.6361, Longitude W -86.4362
Area Habitat: open land 1.39%, forest 86.65%, wetland 0.41%, open water 11.27%.


Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons.

Best access to WMA is by boat or by permission of private landowners to cross their property to the adjacent WMA.

Directions & Description

WMA consists of shoreline surrounding Rough River Lake. Access from Caneyville take KY 631; from Owensboro take US 60 west to Harned and KY 79; from Leitchfield, KY 259; from Big Clifty, KY 720; also access by boat. Rough terrain and high banks limit access to established areas. Wooded, with a few cleared fields. Hunters use care: areas surrounding public lands are heavily developed.

Laurel Branch Campground open year-round; no camping on the management area. Camping, swimming, overnight accommodations at Rough River Dam State Resort Park, (270) 257-2311; fishing and boating in lake.

Owned by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.