In an abundance of caution and to help ensure social distancing in managing COVID-19, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife has suspended overnight camping at Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area until further notice. Reservations are not being accepted at this time. If you had a camping reservation for an upcoming date, please call 502-492-9854 for additional details.

Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area

WMA Overview

Size: 2221 acres
Location: Meade
Contact: (502) 942-9171 office, Trail & Fishing Hotline (502) 942-5052
Elevation: minimum 390 feet, maximum 690 feet.
Entrance GPS coordinates: Latitude N 37.9247, Longitude W -86.0381
Area Habitat: open land 1.40%, forest 94.73%, wetland 3.42%, open water 0.54%.


Any person ages 13 and older entering the area must obtain an Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area Admission Permit. A Special Activity Admission Permit must be obtained for those wishing to use the horse trails, mountain bike trails, or the shooting range. Permits are available online at

Squirrel: Open under statewide regulations during the spring season.

Turkey (Spring): Hunting during the youth-only and general spring turkey season ends at noon each day.

Coyote: Open under statewide regulations.

Groundhog: Open under statewide regulations.

Fall Hunting dates/regulations are currently pending.

* Hunters may not use rifles or ball or slug ammunition to take furbearers and may not use a rimfire gun to take small game.

Directions & Description

The area is 6.2 miles from the intersection of KY 448 and KY 1638, in Brandenburg, and 2.7 miles from the junction of KY 1638 and the Dixie HWY (U.S. 31 W). Terrain is steep to rolling with bluffs overlooking the Ohio River and Otter Creek. Fishing access includes 5 miles of Otter Creek and 2.4 miles of the Ohio River. Multi-use trails are present. Refer to trail map for designated uses. The area is open Wednesday through Sunday from daylight to dark. Extended hours apply for camping and hunting.

A $3 per person daily access fee will be charged for entry to the area. Available activities currently include picnicking, hiking, bird watching, disc golf, wildlife watching and geocaching. A person may buy a $30 annual permit for these activities. Children under 12 may access the area for free. Primitive and RV camping will be available this summer. A $7 additional daily fee is required for high impact activities: horseback riding, mountain biking, archery range and shooting range. The shooting range (for single projectile firearms only; no shotshells or pistols allowed) is open Wednesday-Saturday 9:00 AM-sunset & Sundays noon-sunset. A person may buy a $70 annual permit for high impact activities.

Check the online calendar or call the Trail and Fishing Status hotline, or Area office for closures or events.

Anglers and hunters must pay the daily access fee, and must possess a valid fishing or hunting license and appropriate permits. Otter Creek offers excellent stream fishing for smallmouth bass and rainbow trout. Anglers must possess a trout stamp to keep rainbow trout.

Hunters may pursue squirrels, rabbits, furbearers, turkeys and deer. Squirrel and furbearer hunting is open under statewide regulations.

Deer hunting with archery and crossbow equipment is open under statewide regulations. Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area will host firearms quota deer hunts and the area will close to all other activities during firearms quota deer hunts and spring wild turkey season. Motorized, off-road vehicles are not allowed on the area.