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Upper Green River

The Upper Green River headwaters begin southeast of the community of Miracle, KY. From there, the upper Green River flows southwest towards Middleburg, KY where a historical low head mill dam pools up the Green River. From this point the Green River remains free flowing until it reaches Green River Lake. The Green River flows across central Kentucky through a landscape dominated by agriculture as it continues its journey past the towns of Liberty and Dunville, KY. The upper Green River is mainly comprised of narrow, braided channels, shallow rocky pools and abundant riffle habitat. Throughout this section of the Green River anglers can find fishable populations of channel catfish, bluegill, spotted bass and largemouth bass along with many other species.








Upper Green River Access Site to Site Mileages

Put In Access Site

Take Out Access Site

Total River Miles

Roy’s Mill Road Access Old Water Plant Road Carrydown 3.0
Old Water Plant Road Carrydown Central KY Ag Expo Center 1.2
Central KY Ag Expo Center KY 70 Bridge Carrydown 2.3
KY 70 Bridge Carrydown Green River Valley Ford 7.4
Green River Valley Ford Neatsville Bridge 13.6
Neatsville Bridge Green River WMA Carrydown 2.2
Green River WMA Carrydown Snake Creek Ramp 6.6



Recommended River Levels for Boating/Fishing*

Upper Green River at Green River Lake
Rating Flow in cubic feet per second (cfs)
Low <300 cfs
Good 300-700 cfs
High >700 cfs

Resources for River Levels:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
(Provides daily average 24 hour inflows to Green River Lake)

Green River Basin Daily Lake Bulletins


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Upper Green River Public Access Site Descriptions


Roy’s Mill Road Access: (Additional Information/Directions)


Roy’s Mill Road fords the river upstream of Liberty, KY. Best access is from the south side of the river off KY 70. Follow the single lane gravel road to the river. Limited parking is available at the ford crossing. This site provides good access for canoes and kayaks. Bank fishing is limited to the ford crossing since the adjacent property is privately owned. No other amenities exist at this site.



Old Water Plant Road Carrydown: (Additional Information/Directions)


This drive to the water is located off Old Water Plant Rd immediately downstream of the KY 70 bridge crossing. A grassy road bed provides easy access for canoes and kayaks. Parking is available along the side of the road. Bank fishing is limited to the area around the river access. No other amenities exist at this site.



Central KY Ag Expo Center: (Additional Information/Directions)


The expo center is located off US 127 on the south side of Liberty, KY. Anglers can bank fishing throughout the park’s boundaries along the 1.0 mile of the Green River that boarders the park. Canoe and kayak access is available near the pedestrian bridge and picnic shelter. Anglers will find plenty of graveled parking and concessions on most weekends. The park is annually closed the first weekend in June and is for day use only.



KY 70 Bridge Carrydown: (Additional Information/Directions)



A gravel access road is located on the northwest corner of the KY 70 bridge (also known as Shugars Hill Rd) located south of Liberty, KY. Follow the gravel road to the water. Parking is located along the access road. This site is suitable for canoes and kayaks. Bank fishing is also available. There are no other amenities at this location.



Green River Valley Road Ford: (Additional Information/Directions)


It is best to access the ford from US 127, parking is limited at the ford depending on water levels and along the roadside. This site provides good access for canoes and kayaks. Bank fishing is available but limited to area directly around to ford due to adjacent private property. Please do not block the ford and respect private property. No other amenities exist at this site.




Neatsville Bridge: (Additional Information/Directions)


An old road bed located off Eunice-Dunnville Rd provides access to the Green River on the upstream side of the KY 76/206 bridge crossing. After turning off KY 76/206 onto Eunice-Dunnville Rd, go about 150 yards, first driveway on left. Parking is limited to about 5 vehicles, it is not recommended to use this site with a trailer because turning around would be difficult. Bank fishing is available at this site and is suitable for carrydown canoes and kayaks. No other amenities exist at this site.



Green River WMA Carrydown: (Additional Information/Directions)


A gravel ford crossing is located in the Green River WMA off Duckbill Rd. Beware that after heavy rains Duckbill Rd does have some areas that may have standing water on the road. Parking is along the road side, please do not block the ford. This site does provide bank fishing and canoe/kayak access. No other amenities exist at this site.



Snake Creek Boat Ramp: (Additional Information/Directions)


A single lane concrete ramp and large gravel parking area suitable for trailered boats is located on the Green River Wildlife Management Area. This site is located in the headwaters of Green River Lake. Bank fishing is available upstream and downstream of the ramp with additional bank access on Snake Creek. No other amenities exist at this site.


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Fishing Tips

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.
Focus around woody debris in areas that are pooled with little current. Try fishing a variety of live baits (worms, wax worms, crickets, etc.) under a bobber/cork or small tube jigs and curly-tailed grubs.
Spotted & Largemouth Bass
Focus 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.
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Fisheries Overview


The following length frequencies are representative of the top 4 species sampled in the Upper Green River.

Channel Catfish length frequency graph 


Bluegill length frequency graph 


Spotted Bass Length frequency graph 


Largemouth Bass Length frequency graph 




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