Hunting & Fishing

A Guide to Public Hunting Areas in Dawson Springs, Kentucky

. Pennyrile State Forest Christian & Caldwell counties ( 14,724 acres); (270) 753-6913. 8 miles south of Dawson Springs. Many trails, roads (some paved) within area. Hilly terrain, primarily timbered. Quality Deer Management: special regulations. Hiking trail. Food, lodging, camping and recreational facilities at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park. Fishing in Beshear, Pennyrile lakes. Owned by Ky. Division of Forestry. View Maps

. Tradewater WMA Christian & Hopkins counties ( 729 acres); (270) 753-6913. Hopkins-Christian county line, shares boundary with Pennyrile Forest. Access 1 mile south of Dawson Springs on KY 109; additional entry points on both sides of road ½ mile south of Tradewater River bridge. Steep, hilly terrain, some steep bluffs, almost completely forested. Area under Quality Deer Management regulations. Hiking-birding trail with unique rock overhangs, bluffs, small caves. Owned by Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources View Maps

. Jones-Keeney WMA Caldwell County ( 1,999 acres); (270) 753-6913. Between Princeton and Dawson Springs on US 62. Very few trails, roads within area. Hilly terrain, forested sections, old growth forest, some clearings in bottoms, on ridges. Scenic overlook. Bow and rifle ranges, rules posted. Owned by Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources View Maps

Jones-Keeney Firing Range

 The Jones-Keeny Firing Range is a public range, owned by Kentucky Department Fish and Wildlife, but maintained by the Caldwell County Sportsman Club. Located only 4 mile from the stop signs in Dawson Springs on highway 62w at the 15mile marker (N 37,80.995, W.087, 45.585).

The range is open free to the public except when the Sportsman Club has an organized event like a trap shoot. Even then you might be offered a chance to join them, however they reserve the right to allow you to participate. These events are usually scheduled on the 1st & 3rd Sundays at 1pm.
Pistil range 25 to 50 yards
Rifle range 50 to 236 yards
Gun Racks
Covered Shooting Benches

A Club Newsletter is posted near Shooting Benches listing all club activities and times.

A Guide to Public Fishing Areas in Dawson Springs, Kentucky

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

We have a 56 acre lake with pedal boats and row boats rental. Large and Small Mouth Bass, Catfish, Blue Gill and Crappie.
For a fun-filled day on the lake, visit the boat dock. Rental pedal boats, row boats, canoes, and trolling motors are available. Larger motorboats are restricted from Pennyrile Lake. Lake Beshear, located four miles from the lodge, also offers fishing challenges. Larger motorboats are allowed there. Hunting and Trapping is not allowed in the Park, For more information contact (502)330-5820

Lake Beshear (800 acres)

Lake Beshear was created by the placement of an earthen dam across Piney Creek. The lake has two main arms, impounding the drainages of both Piney and Clifty creeks. The tailwater of Lake Beshear flows into the Tradewater River. Lake Beshear has an estimated 21.5-mi. of shoreline at normal pool elevation (410 ft msl). Pennyrile State Forest borders a large portion of the lake, therefore little of the land bordering Lake Beshear is in private ownership.

Boating access at Lake Beshear is limited to one public boat ramp near the Dam. Although the ramp is open to the public, it is privately owned. There is a small launching fee charged to use this ramp.
Large and Small Mouth Bass, Catfish, Blue Gill and Crappie. 

Tradewater River

Encircling Dawson Springs is one of Kentucky's 8 major rivers, the 80 mile long Tradewater River. The historic river tour around the city visits cliff-lines and sites of folklore visited by the thousands of Dawson Springs visitors during the golden water resort days.
  • Large and Small Mouth Bass, Catfish, Blue Gill and Crappie.
  •       Two Public Boat Ramps
  •       Coming Soon a RV Park at the Mill Dam