Herrington Lake

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Herrington Lake
Herrington Lake.jpg
Location Garrard / Mercer / Boyle counties, Kentucky, US
Coordinates 37°44′12″N 84°42′15″W / 37.7366°N 84.7043°W / 37.7366; -84.7043Coordinates: 37°44′12″N 84°42′15″W / 37.7366°N 84.7043°W / 37.7366; -84.7043
Type artificial lake
Basin countries United States
Surface area 2,335 acres (9 km2)
Max. depth 249 ft (76 m)

Herrington Lake is a 2,335-acre (9 km2) artificial lake located in Mercer, Garrard and Boyle counties in Kentucky, United States. The lake was created by Kentucky Utilities' damming of the Dix River, a tributary of the Kentucky River, in 1925 to generate hydroelectric power.[1] With a maximum depth of 249 feet (76 m), Herrington Lake is the deepest lake in Kentucky.[2] A short distance below the dam, the Dix River enters the Kentucky River at High Bridge, Kentucky.

Herrington Lake contains many species of fish, including bluegill, catfish, crappie, hybrid striped bass, largemouth bass, spotted bass, and white bass.[3]

Dix Dam, the dam that made the lake, was the largest earth-filled dam in the world at the time, and considered to be a major engineering feat. Kentucky Utilities' main dispatch and communication center is located on the site.


  1. ^ Kleber, John E., ed. (1992). "Lakes". The Kentucky Encyclopedia. Associate editors: Thomas D. Clark, Lowell H. Harrison, and James C. Klotter. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0-8131-1772-0. 
  2. ^ "Herrington Lake History". Harrington Lake Conservation League. Retrieved 2008-11-16.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "Visitor Info: Fishing and Boating". Harrodsburg/Mercer County Tourist Commission. Retrieved 2008-11-16.