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Office Hours:Thursday - Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Open Thursday - Sunday from dawn to dusk.
(Closed on Mondays , Tuesdays and Wednesdays except on Memorial Day, Labor Day and Fourth of July.)
2023: The area is closed on the state holidays of:
Campground Info and Reservations:502-492-9854
For Trail closure information, water conditions on Otter Creek and other info pertinent to fishing call the Trail Status Hotline:502-942-5052.
The Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area, located in Meade County just 30 minutes from downtown Louisville, offers spectacular vistas of the Ohio River as well as opportunities for hunting, fishing, and numerous other outdoor recreational opportunities.
Founded by the National Park Service in 1934 as a recreational area for residents of Louisville and neighboring towns, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife has operated the 2,261-acre property since 2011.
Open Year-Round, Dawn to Dusk
Open April 1 to October 31
Walk-in registration is available Thursday - Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Reservations are encouraged and available by calling (502) 492-9854. Reservations are only taken Thursday through Sunday between the hours of 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. (EST).
A person Identified by the area manager as being in violation of these rules may:
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The other electrical sites had to be abandoned due to safety and code concerns. They will be replaced in the future.
Note: There is a $30 cash cleaning deposit that will be returned at check out
4 Electric Cabins - open room with 7 twin-size bunk beds that sleep 14 people, refrigerator, table, chairs, AC & Heat, NO WATER
1 Primitive Cabin - open room with 8 twin-size bunk beds that sleep 16 people, table, chairs, NO AC, HEAT or WATER
Pine Grove Pavilion - is available for rent for events (i.e. weddings, business functions, family reunions, etc.). Electric is available for use at the pavilion and 3 portable lavatories will be on the site from April to October 31 each year.
Cedar Hill Pavilion - is available for public use only. There is no electric or lavatories provided to this pavilion.
Horseback riding is allowed on the Red Cedar Trail (RCT) and the Boone Hollow Trail (BHT).
Please note: To participate in horseback riding at Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area, you must provide your own horses.
Travel East on US-60 to KY -144, turn left onto KY-144 and travel approximately 30 miles. At the intersection of KY 144 and KY 79 turn left and follow KY 79 for 2.4 miles. At the intersection of KY 79 and KY 1051 turn right on to KY 1051. Follow KY 1051 and then merge to the right onto KY 448. From KY 448 you will travel approximately 2 miles to the intersection of KY 448 and KY 1638. Turn left onto KY 1638 and follow it 5 miles to the entrance of the area on the left.
Travel North on US 31W to the intersection of US-31W and HWY 1638. Turn left onto HWY 1638 and follow it approximately 4 miles to the entrance of the area on the right.
Take I-64W to Exit 19A, to KY 841 South, Gene Snyder Freeway. Take the US-31W/US-60 exit, EXIT 1, toward FORT KNOX/LOUISVILLE. Turn LEFT onto DIXIE HWY/US-31W S/US-60 W. Continue to follow US-31W S/US-60 W. Turn RIGHT onto KY-1638 and follow it approximately 4 miles to the entrance of the area on the right.
Follow DIXIE HWY/US-31W S/US-60 W to the intersection of US-31W S and KY-1638. Turn RIGHT onto KY-1638 and follow it approximately 4 miles to the entrance of the area on the right.