Lawrence County, Kentucky

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Lawrence County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population was 15,569. Its county seat is Louisa[1]. The county is named for James Lawrence, and co-founded by Isaac Bolt, who served as a Lawrence County Commissioner and Justice of the Peace. It is the home of country music star Ricky Skaggs. It is the birthplace of the late Chief Justice of the United States Frederick Moore Vinson and former Kentucky Governor Paul E. Patton. Lawrence County is one of 55 counties in Kentucky that is a dry county, meaning the sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited everywhere in the county.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 420 square miles (1,088 km2), of which 419 square miles (1,085 km2) is land and 1 square mile (3 km2) is water.

Points of Interest

The bridge from Louisa, in eastern Lawrence County, to Fort Gay, West Virginia is something of a geographic and architectural oddity. The quarter-mile concrete span spans two forks of the Big Sandy River, connects two states and has a right turn at its halfway point, which connects traffic to the Point Section neighborhood of Louisa.

Yatesville Lake State Park

Yatesville Lake was opened in 1992 and is a 2,300 acre reservoir managed by the Army Corps of Engineers. Yatesville Lake provides flood control for the region as well as recreational opportunities. The Corps manages a boat ramp at the Rich Creek area.

Yatesville Lake State Park is a 580 acre state recreational park which offers:

Swimming and Beach Additionally the park offers a public beach area equipped with playgrounds, restrooms & showers, and a snack bar is located near the marina.

Yatesville Lake State Park Marina The only marina on Yatesville Lake offering pontoon boat/john boat rentals, picnic shelters, bait, fishing licenses, ships’ store, 4-lane boat ramp and 147 boat slips.

Yatesville Lake State Park Campground

  • Rustic cabin in wooded area at Yatesville Lake State Park, Louisa, Lawrence County, Kentucky.47 campsites which can meet every camper’s need
  • 27 RV/Camper sites with electric and water hookups at each site
  • 4 primitive tent sites
  • 16 secluded primitive campsites that are only accessible by boat or the avid backpacker
  • 6 restroom facilities
  • 1 centrally located bathhouse and playground
  • Boat launching ramp nearby

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