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Fishing & Boating

Lake Beshear is a 760 acre reservoir located in Caldwell and Christian counties in Kentucky.  Impounded in 1962, the majority of Lake Beshear is domiciled in the beautiful Pennyrile State Forest.

Horse Back Riding

The Friends of Pennyrile is a group of people just like you, interested in promoting the natural resources of Pennyrile State Resort Park.  Our group is responsible for developing over 50 miles of horse trails located in the beautiful Pennyrile State Forest.

Mountain Bike Riding

Dawson Springs makes an excellent base for road cycling in the Pennyrile region.  Hundreds of miles of good pavement on sparsely traveled roads provide everything from a short leisurely jaunt to a challenging century ride in the hills.  Ride our roads!


Dawson Spring, Kentucky offers several opportunities for canoeing and Kayaking.  Paddle down Tradewater river one of the 8 Largest Rivers in Kentucky.

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  • July 24th, Dawson Springs BBQ
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Community information., history, education and local government.


Business & Industry information available buildings and major employers.


Adventure Tourism, Chamber of Commerce and Main Street.  Click HERE for Trail Maps.


Dawson Springs Independent School DistrictThe Dawson Springs Independent School District is fully accredited by the Kentucky Department of Education and serves approximately 700 students.  The school district boundaries include the Tradewater River to the south and west, the railroad line to the east and the West Kentucky Parkway to the north.  Students from other school counties and school districts are accepted for enrollment with the approval of the Administrative Staff and the agreement of the School District where the student lives.

A staff of approximately 100 people are employed by the school district.  Dawson Springs Elementary School enrolls students in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade.  Dawson Springs Junior High/High School serves students in grades 7 through 12.  Both schools are located on the same campus at 317 Eli Street, Dawson Springs, KY.

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Dawson Springs Independent School District

118 East Arcadia Avenue

Dawson Springs, KY  42408


Lenny Whalen, Superintendent



School Counts

The "School Counts" program develops high school students for success in education.  This will in turn yield benefits to Dawson Springs and Hopkins County for years to come in the form of an educated and qualified workforce.

Find out how students, parents, and businesses can participate.



Madisonville Community College

Dawson Springs is supported by the Madisonville Community College which is part of the Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS)





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