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The portion of Rockcastle River that had been designated a Wild River stretched 15.9 miles long from the Kentucky Highway 80 bridge to the backwaters of Lake Cumberland. The reach of the Rockcastle lies entirely within the proclamation boundary of the Daniel Boone National Forest. This corridor is home to approximately 50 species of mammals, 250 species of birds, 75 species of reptiles and 75 species of fish. The Rockcastle River provides many outdoor recreation opportunities located at the Bee Rocks Campground and Laurel River Lake. For more information please visit the US Forest Service website.

See our Wild Rivers program page for information on what it means to be a Kentucky Wild River 


Rockcastle River has multiple access points. For maps and more information please visit US Forest Service's Daniel Boone National Forest page.


Access Type: Open to Public
County: Laurel
Region: Eastern Region
Size: River mile 8.5 to 24.4
Owner: Varies by tract

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