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 Pool 6 – Green River

Pool 6 of the Green River flows 120 miles from the Green River Lake Tailwaters downstream to Lock and Dam 6 near Brownsville, KY. This section of the river makes its way through several communities before it enters Mammoth Cave National Park. Pool 6 is well known for the scenic views, numerous springs/caves and abundance of wildlife making this section of the river a popular retreat for anglers and boaters.

 

 

 
 
 

 

 
 

Green River Access Site to Site Mileages

Put In Access Site

Take Out Access Site

Total River Miles

Green River Lake Tailwater Ramp Roachville Ford 12.5
Roachville Ford Russell Ford 6.6
Russell Ford American Legion Park Ramp 2.3
American Legion Park Ramp Greensburg City Ramp 2.0
Greensburg City Ramp Glenview Ford 13.7
Glenview Ford Lynn Camp Creek Ramp 19.2
Lynn Camp Creek Ramp H. H. Wilson Ramp 18.2
H. H. Wilson Ramp Stovall Park Ramp 3.6
Stovall Park Ramp Dennison Ferry 21.0
Dennison Ferry Green River Ferry 7.5
Green River Ferry Houchins Ferry 12.3

Recommended River Levels for Boating/Fishing*

Green River Gauge at Greensburg, KY
Rating Stage(ft)
Low <1.0 ft
Good 1.0-1.75 ft
High >1.75 ft
Green River Gauge at Munfordville, KY
Rating Flow in cubic feet per second (cfs)
Low <300 cfs
Good 300-600 cfs
High >600 cfs
*These ratings are only recommendations. Skill and experience will dictate levels appropriate for each angler.

Resources for River Levels:

U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Lake Lake/River Reports
(Provides daily dam discharges and forecasted release schedules)
Daily Lake Report
3 Day Lake Release Forecast

U.S. Geological Survey
(Provides real time stream flows on rivers and stream around the state)
Real Time Stream Levels at Greensburg, KY

Real Time Stream Levels at Munfordville, KY

 

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Green River Public Access Site Descriptions

 

Green River Lake Tailwater: (Additional Information/Directions)

 

A paved parking lot (with security lights) and a single lane concrete ramp suitable for small john boats, canoes and kayaks is available. Boats are not permitted upstream of ramp according to posted ACOE signage. The first shoal is located below State Highway 55 Bridge, 0.25 mile downstream of ramp. Plenty of quality bank fishing access is available directly below the dam downstream to ramp. Picnic shelters, playground and restroom facilities are also present. This is the starting point of the Upper Green River Blue Water Trail.

 


 

Roachville Ford: (Additional Information/Directions)

 

This low water gravel ford is located near the city of Roachville, KY, off State Highway 3098. This site is best suited for canoes/kayaks/small john boats. This section of the river is relatively shallow with a good diversity of riffles, pools and water willow beds. Boating at this site might require portaging during low flow periods. Parking is along the side of the road approaching the ford and is limited.

 


 

Russell Ford Access: (Additional Information/Directions)

 

Follow gravel road down to a gravel bar which provides excellent access for small john boats, canoes and kayaks. This is a great place to put in and paddle back to American Legion Park in Greensburg, KY. This section of the river has some good shoals with several deep rocky pools. Parking is limited at this site along gravel bar and road side. No other amenities exist at this site.

 


 

American Legion Park Access: (Additional Information/Directions)

 

Access to the river is located on the drive to the left of the main gate of the American Legion Park. A gravel/muddy bank is graded into the river below Hwy 417 Bridge. There is plenty of unpaved parking at this site. This is the half way point between Russell Ford and Greensburg City Ramp. This is a carry down site suitable for small john boats, canoes and kayaks. This site offers anglers with a good diversity of habitat including shallow, gravel shoals and deep rocky banks.

 


 

Greensburg City Ramp: (Additional Information/Directions)

 

A concrete ramp suitable for small john boats, canoes and kayaks is located at the Greensburg City Park. There is a paved parking lot for about 5-10 vehicles. There are cabins for rent at the top of the hill and plenty of bank access for fishing and wading on the park property. This is the last stop on the Upper Green River Blue Water Trail.

 


 

Glenview Ford Access: (Additional Information/Directions)

 

Access site is located downstream of Greensburg, KY off KY88. Glenview Road ends in the water. There is an unpaved, grassy parking area at the top of the launch site. This site is surrounded by private land, please respect their property and obey posted signs. This site is suitable for small john boats, canoes and kayaks. No bank fishing exist at this site due to steep banks and private property. There are no other amenities at this site.

 


 

Lynn Camp Creek Ramp: (Additional Information/Directions)

 

Access is at the mouth of Lynn Camp Creek near Lynn Camp Creek Bridge. This site is privately owned but open to the public, continuing access is dependent upon your behavior. Please pick up all trash. This site has plenty of unpaved parking with a paved, concrete ramp to access the river. Use caution, this ramp is steep and better used as a carry down site. There is also a limited amount of bank fishing available. No other amenities exist. This is the starting point of the Green River Blue Water Trail (Hart County).

 


 

HH Wilson Park Ramp/Johnson Spring: (Additional Information/Directions)

 

This site has a single lane concrete ramp that is suitable for small trailered boats. There is a small gravel parking area with additional parking along the road. Be aware that end of the ramp doesn’t extend far into the water with a drop at the end of the concrete. This site has several good shoals, long runs and deep rocky banks. There are no other amenities at this site.

 


 

Stovall Park Ramp in Munfordville: (Additional Information/Directions)

 

Located in Stovall Park is a single lane concrete ramp is suitable for small/light trailered boats. There is a paved parking at the top of the ramp. Boaters beware that the end of the ramp doesn’t extend far into the water and there is a drop at the end of the concrete. There are walking/hiking trails, soccer fields, covered pavilions, children’s playground, restrooms, security lights and primitive camping and canoe rentals at the park. This site offers anglers with a good opportunity to catch a diversity of fish. This is the last stop of the Green River Blue Water Trail (Hart County.)

 


 

Dennison Ferry (Mammoth Cave National Park): (Additional Information/Directions)

 

Located in Mammoth Cave National Park, this access site is a day use area only. No camping is allowed. This area provides anglers with concrete steps to carry small boats down to the water. Picnic tables, park benches, fire rings, restrooms and gravel parking areas are available. Bank fishing would be difficult at this location due to high muddy banks. Please follow all posted signs. This is the starting point of the Green River Blue Water Trial (Mammoth Cave National Park).

 


 

Green River Ferry (Mammoth Cave National Park): (Additional Information/Directions)

 

This site is usable by all trailed boats. When launching boats be careful not to interrupt the operation of the ferry. All boats should be launched and loaded on the downstream side of the ferry. A paved parking lot is available at the top of the ramp with boat trailer parking along the side of road. There are picnic tables and hiking trails at the parking lot and the Mammoth Cave Campground located at the top of the hill. Security lights and an informational kiosk are located at the ferry.

 


 

Houchins Ferry (Mammoth Cave National Park): (Additional Information/Directions)

 

This site is usable by all trailed boats. When launching boats be careful not to interrupt the operation of the ferry. All boats should be launched and loaded on the downstream side of the ferry. A paved parking lot is available at the top of the ramp with boat trailer parking. Security lights, restrooms, picnic shelter, picnic tables, benches and grills are available at this location. A river side campground is also available for anglers.

 

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Fishing Tips

 

Smallmouth Bass
Anglers should try fishing in areas with current, especially target eddies or current breaks created by rocks, logs and water willow directly above and below riffles as these areas are excellent ambush points. In swift water use moving baits such as spinner baits with willow blades and curly-tailed grubs. In the pools try using crawfish imitating crank baits and soft plastics.
Kentucky Spotted/
Largemouth Bass
FFocus fishing effort around the mouth of creeks, rocky banks and bank slides with woody debris. Anglers have good luck fishing crawfish imitating soft plastic baits Texas-rigged, medium running crank baits, spinners and a variety of top water baits. Match bait colors to the water conditions: natural patterns work best in clearer water (white, watermelon seed), while in muddy conditions use dark color (ex: black) or very bright color (chartreuse) baits that produce vibration.
Rock Bass
Target rock bass in areas with slow-moderate current around fallen logs and outside rocky bends in the river. Rock bass can be caught in a variety of artificial and live baits. Anglers report success in small crawfish crank baits, inline spinners, tube jigs and small curly-tailed grubs. Rock bass can also be taken on live bait fished near or on the bottom. Try fishing minnows, red worms and small crayfish.
Sauger/Walleye
The best time to fish is from December through March when fish congregate toward the tailwaters of Green River Lake. Try fishing jigs with minnows or a curly-tailed grub bumping the bottom in back eddies and near the current. Metal jigging baits and bright colored crank baits also work in these areas.
Channel Catfish
Target deeper pools with log jams with slow to moderate current. Fish baits like chicken livers, worms, cut bait and stink baits on the bottom. Best luck would be around dusk and dawn or low light conditions when catfish are more active.
Muskellunge
From January through March target musky in the Green River Lake Tailwater during high discard periods. Throughout the summer musky can be found in pools with submerge timber just below riffles. Try using big inline spinners, swim baits and top water baits like buzz baits and walking baits. Good potential for trophy size fish (≥40 inches).

Fisheries Overview

 

The following length frequencies are representative of the top 6 species sampled in the Green River-Pool 6.

Smallmouth Bass length frequency graph 

 

Kentucky Spotted Bass length frequency graph 

 

Rock Bass Length frequency graph 

 

Walleye Length frequency graph 

 

Channel Catfish Length frequency graph 

  

 

 

 

 

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