Paintsville Lake

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Paintsville Lake
Paintsville Lake and Dam Kentucky.jpg
Lake and Dam
LocationJohnson and Morgan Counties, Kentucky
Coordinates37°50′23.34″N 82°52′15.56″W / 37.8398167°N 82.8709889°W / 37.8398167; -82.8709889Coordinates: 37°50′23.34″N 82°52′15.56″W / 37.8398167°N 82.8709889°W / 37.8398167; -82.8709889
Primary inflowsPaint Creek
Primary outflowsPaint Creek
Basin countriesUnited States
Max. length26 miles (42 km)
Surface area1,139 acres (4.61 km2)
Max. depth100 feet (30 m)[1]
Water volume40,700 acre feet (50,200,000 m3)
Shore length157 miles (92 km)
Surface elevation709 feet (216 m)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Paintsville Lake is a 1,139-acre (4.61 km2) reservoir in Johnson and Morgan counties in eastern Kentucky. It was impounded from Paint Creek in 1983 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. It is the major attraction of Paintsville Lake State Park.[2]


Paintsville Lake officially opened to the public in 1983, three years before Paintsville Lake State Park was established.

On December 9, 1978, ten-thousand Johnson County residences had to be evacuated from the area below the construction site of the Paintsville Lake dam. This is because the area had recently received eight inches (200 mm) of rain, which had caused a leak in the coffer dam that was keeping the construction site of the actual dam dry. The dam did not break, and the residents were allowed to return to their homes the following day.[3]

Fish species[edit]

Paintsville Lake has a variety of game fishing species. Fish that can be caught in the lake include:[1]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Lake Retrieved on 2009-06-23
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Johnson County History Retrieved on 2009-06-23

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