Fishing, Boating & Canoeing

Map Tradewater River Access Points

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Blueway Trails

Dawson Spring, Kentucky offers several opportunities for canoeing and Kayaking.  Paddle down Tradewater river one of the 8 Largest Rivers in Kentucky. Discover folklore of historic sites like The Devils Dinning Table, Lovers Leap, and the Chalk Clift as you arrive at the all wood baseball stadium at Riverside Park and the Historic Mill Dam. Explore of the beautiful Lake Beshear an 800 acre lake with miles and miles of shoreline. Rent a canoe or Kayak from Pennyrile State Resort Park for a leisurely day with your family or friends.

The Tradewater River is one of the eight major rivers of Kentucky.  The eighty mile lazy river finds its humble beginnings in Christian County and it flows in a Northwesterly direction around Dawson Springs through the heart of the western portions of the Dripping Springs Escarpment topographical region until it finally reaches the Ohio River.


Lake Beshear

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Lake Beshear is located in the center of the Pennyrile Forest State Park approximately 4 miles south of Dawson Springs off State Highway 672. This lake lies in Caldwell and Christian counties. Lake Beshear, owned by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, was built in 1962 and opened to public fishing in 1964. Boating access is provided at Redden’s Boat Ramp for a fee. Skiing is allowed only in the Piney Creek portion of the lake.

THE FISHERY
Species present in the lake include largemouth bass, white crappie, bluegill, green sunfish, longear sunfish, channel catfish and blue catfish.

PHYSICAL DATA
Surface elevation (ft msl) …………………. 410
Surface acres ……………………………….. 784
Miles of shoreline ………………………….. 23.6
Maximum depth (ft) ………………………….. 35
Mean depth (ft) ………………………………. 10