Fishing Tackle Box
Metro Parks offers several fishing lakes in our local parks. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife stocks many Metro Parks lakes. For information on Kentucky’s water recreation laws, please call 1-800-858-1549.

Learn about obtaining a fishing license, or search for fishing locations throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Notice: eating fish from these lakes may be harmful to your health. [What does this mean?]

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Fishing Lakes

Young Boy Fishing
Cherokee Park
Grinstead Drive and Lexington Road
4.6 acre lake with accessible pier

Chickasaw Park
Southwestern Parkway and Greenwood Avenue
1.6 acre lake

Fisherman’s Park
Old Heady Road near Hopewell Road
8 lakes, 15.2 acres total

Iroquois Park
New Cut Road and Kenwood Drive
1.1 acre lake

Jefferson Memorial Forest
Tom Wallace Lake, off Mitchell Hill Road
5.4 acre lake with accessible pier
* Live bait and Fishing Licenses available at the Welcome Center

Long Run Park
Flat Rock Road off Shelbyville Road
28.7 acre lake with boat ramp

McNeely Lake Park
Cooper Chapel Road off Preston Highway
46.2 acre lake with accessible pier and boat ramp

Thurman Hutchins Park
River Road and Indian Hills Trail
Accessible pier

Charlie Vettiner Park
Mary Dell Lane near Billtown Road
1.2 acre lake

Watterson Park
South Wheatfield Drive and March Boulevard
4.1 acre lake with accessible pier

Waverly Park
Arnoldtown Road and Clayton Terrace
5.3 acre lake with accessible peir

River Frontage

Eva Bandman Park
River Road and Barbour Avenue

Chickasaw Park
Southwestern Parkway and Greenwood Avenue

Carrie Gaulbert Cox Park
River Road and Indian Hills Trail
Accessible pier, boat ramp

Hays Kennedy Park
Bass Road off River Road
Access to river through Garvin Brown Preserve

Kulmer Reserve Park
South Dixie Highway near Katherine Station Road

Riverview Park
Greenwood and Lower River Roads
Boat ramp

Shawnee Park
Broadway and Southwestern Parkway

Fishing Lake Rules

  • Please obey posted fishing hours.
  • Electric motors are permitted. Gasoline motors are allowed in the Ohio River, but not on lakes.
  • Bow fishing is not permitted on Metro Parks lakes.
  • A valid Kentucky fishing license is required.
  • Many parks are stocked with grass carp. Carp are vital to lake ecology and must be returned after being caught.
  • No trotlines are permitted.
  • No fishing from dams or spillways.
  • Do not put fish caught elsewhere into these lakes, per KRS 150.180 (7).
  • Please be good stewards of these fishing lakes and their surroundings. Clean up debris such as aluminum cans and waste from cleaning fish.

Fishing licenses may be purchased at many local retail outlets, bait and tackle shops, and department stores selling fishing equipment.

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