Boating and Fishing Access Restricted at Henderson State Park

John James Audubon State Park

Boating and fishing access is being restricted in some areas near John James Audubon State Park due to an ongoing construction project.

Posted: Mar 23, 2021 10:41 AM
Updated: Mar 23, 2021 12:24 PM

Boating and fishing access is being restricted in some areas near John James Audubon State Park due to an ongoing construction project.

Lake levels at the park will be lowered until the project is completed. The reconstruction project is a collaborative effort between Kentucky State Parks and the Kentucky Division of Water and Dam Safety designed to bring the structure into compliance with the commonwealth’s current dam safety regulations.

Phase Two of the $4.5 million project will see construction of a new service spillway and downstream buttress. The work also includes converting the existing spillway conduit to a new low-level drawdown structure. The lake will remain at a lower level until the project is completed in late summer or early fall.

For the safety of park guests, areas around the lake will be restricted from the general public. Fishing and boating in these areas will not be allowed. The campground at John James Audubon State Park will also remain closed as construction continues.

The park remains open to the public. The museum and nature center are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CDT.

While visiting park grounds, guests should adhere to the following:

  • Wear a mask or facial covering;
  • Do not use parks or trails if you are exhibiting symptoms;
  • Maintain safe social distancing at least 6 feet;
  • Do not congregate in groups;
  • Avoid games that require close contact; and
  • Move to a different location to avoid crowds.

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