Fishing Resource Library


Tennessee Valley Authority
Angler's Aquatic Plant ID
Want to be a better angler? Learn smart, season-based strategies for fishing the “weeds.” 

Tags: Recreation, Education, Biodiversity

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Corps Dams in the Cumberland River Basin
Information on each of the Corps Cumberland River Basin Dams: BarkleyCheathamJ. Percy PriestOld Hickory,Cordell HullCenter HillDale HollowWolf CreekLaurel River, and Martin's Fork

Tags: Dams, Reservoirs, Recreation

Fishing Resources
This site offers fishing information for Army Corps reservoirs in the Cumberland River Basin and elsewhere in the region. The site includes tips, expected catches by month, and fishing phone hotlines.

Tags: Recreation

Flood Risk Management Program
The purpose of the Corps of Engineers' flood risk management program is to help prevent or reduce flood risk by using either structural or non-structural means or a combination of the two. Non-structural measures reduce flood damages without significantly altering the nature or extent of the flooding by changing the use of floodplains or by accommodating existing uses to the flood hazard. Non-structural measures include modifying homes, businesses, and other facilities to reduce flood damages by elevating the structure or removing them from the floodplain. Remaining land can be used for ecosystem restoration, outdoor recreation, or natural open space. Flood warning systems are also considered non-structural measures.

This program is within the broader Investigation Program, and initial Investigation Program steps must be completed before it can be initiated. 

See also: Investigation Program 

Tags: Restoration, Research, Flooding, Flood Buyouts, Recreation, Planning

Navigation Locks in the Cumberland
Information on the Cumberland River's four navigation locks at Barkley, Cheatham, Old Hickory, and Cordell Hull dams. 

Tags: Dams, Reservoirs, Recreation

Reservoir Information
Information for all Corps lakes within the basin. Each lake page includes: basic facts and information about the lake, the various recreation opportunities, maps, helpful links, daily fishing reports, points of interest around the lake, and important news and announcements.

Tags: Dams, Reservoirs, Recreation

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
National Listing of Fish Advisories Technical Maps
National Listing of Fish Advisories Technical Maps are a suite of interactive mapping and search tools for viewing fish advisories and fish tissue sampling data.

Tags: Maps and Tools, Data, Recreation, Fishing, Fish Advisories, Monitoring


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge
Cross Creeks is a US Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge located four miles east of Dover, in Stewart County, Tennessee and approximately seventy-five miles northwest of Nashville, Tennessee. Its primary purpose is to provide feeding and resting habitat for migratory birds with an emphasis placed on providing habitat for wintering waterfowl. This webpage contains information for planning a visit, as well as information about the wildlife found at the refuge. 

Tags: Conservation, Recreation, Birding, Biodiversity, Fishing

Multistate Conservation Grant Program (MCGP)
The MSCGP provides funding for wildlife and sport fish restoration projects identified as priority projects by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. These high priority projects address problems affecting states on a regional or national basis. Project types that are generally selected for funding are: biological research/training, species population status, outreach, data collection regarding hunter/angler participation, hunter/aquatic education, economic value of fishing/hunting, and regional or multistate habitat needs assessments.

See also: Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program

Tags: Grants and Funding, Restoration, Conservation, Aquatic Biology, Biodiversity, Hunting, Fishing, Recreation

National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation
The National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation is a partnership effort with the States and national conservation organizations, and has become one of the most important sources of information on fish and wildlife recreation in the United States. It is a useful tool that quantifies the economic impact of wildlife-based recreation. Federal, State, and private organizations use this detailed information to manage wildlife, market products, and look for trends. The 2011 Survey is the twelfth in a series of surveys conducted about every 5 years since 1955.

Tags: Recreation, Plans and Reports, Fishing, Hunting, Survey

North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Grants
NAWCA grants increase bird populations and wetland habitat, while supporting local economies and American traditions such as hunting, fishing, birdwatching, family farming, and cattle ranching. Wetlands protected by NAWCA provide valuable benefits such as flood control, reducing coastal erosion, improving water and air quality, and recharging ground water.

Tags: Grants and Funding, Wetlands, Recreation, Hunting, Fishing, Birdwatching, Flooding, Water Quality, Groundwater

Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR)
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service WSFR works with states to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, their habitats, and the hunting, sport fishing and recreational boating opportunities they provide. The Division of Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program provides oversight and/or administrative support for grant programs such as the Wildlife Restoration Grant Program, Sport Fish Restoration Grant Program, Clean Vessel Act Grant Program, Boating Infrastructure Grant Program, State Wildlife Grant Program, Multistate Grant Program, and Landowner Incentive Grant Program amongst others. 

Tags: Biodiversity, Grants, Recreation, Education

Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and Environmental Education Center
Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery is one of the most recently constructed hatcheries in the federal hatchery system. This station currently produces approximately 1,000,000 rainbow, brown, and brook trout weighing 275,000 pounds annually. In cooperation with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, fish are stocked into 120 different public fishing waters in the state. Click here for more information on the education center including hours of operation or here to learn about volunteer opportunities

Tags: Aquatic Biology, Biodiversity, Species Reintroduction, Recreation, Volunteer

U.S. Forest Service
2016 Recreation Schedule and Fees - Daniel Boone National Forest
Fees are charged for use of some areas such as boat ramps and campgrounds. However, most of the recreation opportunities on the Daniel Boone National Forest are free of charge for your use and enjoyment.

See also: Daniel Boone National Forest

Tags: Recreation, Permits, Ecotourism, Boating, Camping

Daniel Boone National Forest Website
A website hosting a variety of information about the Daniel Boone National Forest — a National Forest that embraces some of the most rugged terrain west of the Appalachian Mountains. Steep forested slopes, sandstone cliffs and narrow ravines characterize the land.

Tags: Recreation, Website

Forest Service Visitor Map 2.0
 The Forest Service's Visitor Map 2.0, provides the public with an interactive online view of the Nation's Forest Service roads, trails, recreation sites, wilderness areas, and wild & scenic rivers.  The map can be used on personal computers, smart phones or tablet devices through any modern web browser.

Tags: Maps and Tools, Recreation

Jefferson National Forest Website
A website hosting a variety of information about the Jefferson National Forest. A small portion of the Jefferson National Forest is within the Cumberland River Basin. 

Tags: Recreation, Website

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area Website
A website with a variety of information about Land Between the Lakes. Key pages include those for campingboating and rampsfishinghuntingswimmingtrails, and more.  

Tags: Websites, Recreation

Laurel River Lake Website - Daniel Boone National Forest
Information regarding Laurel River Lake campgrounds, boat ramps, marinas, fees, fishing, swimming, scuba diving and more. 

See also: Daniel Boone National Forest Website

Tags: Recreation, Camping, Boating, Fishing, Swimming, Ecotourism

Maps - Land Between the Lakes
A variety of maps in pdf format showing campgrounds, trails, recreational amenities and more. A recreation map of the recreation areas northern region is here and a recreation map of it's southern region is here

See also: Land Between the Lakes

Tags: Recreation, Camping, Hiking, Maps

Natural Happenings at Land Between the Lakes
A calendar of natural events at the recreation area including water related happenings such as chorus frog singing, sandhill crane and pelican migrations, catfish fry leaving their nests and more.  

Tags: Ecotourism, Recreation, Natural Calendar

Recreation Map - Daniel Boone National Forest
The Daniel Boone National Forest offers an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities. This interactive recreation map can help you find places to fish, paddle, swim, camp, and more. 

Tags: Recreation, Fishing, Swimming, Paddling, Boating, Camping, Maps and Tools

Special Use Permitting - Daniel Boone National Forest
Commercial outfitters, guides and groups of 70 people or more must obtain a Special Use Permit prior to hosting an event.

See also: Daniel Boone National Forest

Tags: Recreation, Permits, Ecotourism

Stearns Ranger District Website - Daniel Boone National Forest
Website with resources and recreational opportunity information for the Stearns Ranger District within the Daniel Boone National Forest. 

See also: Daniel Boone National Forest Website

Tags: Recreation, Website

Water Activities - Daniel Boone National Forest
Water related recreation resources covering motor boatingpaddlingswimmingtubingwaterskiing, fishing, and even scuba diving

See also: Daniel Boone National Forest Website

Tags: Recreation, Motor Boating, Paddling, Ecotourism, Swimming


U.S. National Park Service
Find a Park Tool
This tool enables you to find National Parks by state. Both Kentucky and Tennessee have their own state pages, as well. 

Tags: Maps and Tools, Recreation

Game Fish of the Big South Fork Area
Provides information on fishing regulations for Big South Fork. Also includes information on the most popular game fish including favored locations and pictures.

Tags: Recreation, Fishing is your one-stop shop for trip planning, information sharing and reservations brought to you by 12 federal participating partners. This site provides interactive maps to help you reserve campsites, obtain hiking information, go paddling or motor-boating, find a cabin, go fishing, and more. 

Tags: Maps and Tools, Recreation


KY Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Asian Carp Information
KDFWR has been working with private fish processors, commercial fishermen, state and federal legislators, foreign businesses, and many local, state and federal agencies to foster interest in the removal of Asian carp. This webpage contains information and resources related to Asian carp identification and distribution and even includes resources for preparing and cooking Asian carp. The site also includes 2014 and 2015 annual reports to Congress on the threat and management of Asian carp. 

Tags: Fishing, Invasive Species, Aquatic Biology, Recreation, Cooking, Asian Carp, Education, Biodiversity

Blue Green Algae and Harmful Algal Blooms
Blue-green algae are a type of bacteria found in lakes in Kentucky and throughout the United States.  They occur naturally, but if their numbers get too high they can pose health risks to humans and animals. Both the Kentucky Division of Water and the U.S. Army Corps have initiated increased testing of lakes in Kentucky to document these blooms and provide updated information to the public. This webpage offers additional resources and information. 

Tags: Water Quality, Algal Blooms, Blue Green Algae, Reservoirs, Recreation, Safety

Commercial Fishing
A webpage with information about and resources for commercial fishing in the state of Kentucky. 

Tags: Fishing

Conservation Education Program
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has nineteen full time Conservation Educators (CE’s) that present wildlife conservation programs in Kentucky schools and recruit for our summer conservation camps. CE’s are professionals in their field and are also trained in the instruction of outdoor skills such as fishing, hunter education, archery, and Project WILD. All public, private, and home schools are all eligible to receive our in-school programs free of charge. Programs are designed for students in grades 4, 5, and 6. Past program topics include: Endangered Species, Wildlife Habitat, Kentucky Fish, Amphibians, and more. 

See also: Project Wild

Tags: Education, Fishing, Hunting, Recreation, Conservation

Fish Consumption Advisories
Advisories in the Cumberland River Basin and across the state of Kentucky. 

Tags: Fishing, Safety, Advisories, Recreation

Fish ID Guides
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources offers several guides for identifying aquatic species including the Departments Fish ID webpages and Fish ID Booklet. 

Tags: Education, Fishing, Recreation

Fishing and Boat Access Web Tool
A search too for finding fishing and boating access sites in Kentucky. 

Tags: Maps and Tools, Recreation, Fishing, Paddling, Motorboating

Fishing and Boating Guide 2016-2017
A guide with information on fishing and boating regulations,  obtaining licenses and permits, consumption advisories, identification guides, aquatic nuisance species, trouts stream, boat accident reporting and more. 

Tags: Fishing, Recreation, Guides, Permits, Education, Invasive Species, Reporting

Fishing Forecast and Tips
The 2016 Fishing Forecast for Kentucky’s major fisheries is based on 2015 fish population surveys, creel surveys, fish stockings, and historical knowledge of the fisheries. This handout is designed to assist anglers in planning their fishing trips and improving their fishing success.

Tags: Fishing, Recreation

Fishing in Neighborhoods Program
The Fishing in Neighborhoods program was started in 2006 to provide anglers with quality fishing opportunities close to home. The program currently includes 40 lakes statewide and 1 in the Cumberland River Basin at Kingdom Come State Park (Click here for an interactive map). Lakes are regularly stocked with catfish and rainbow trout throughout the year. 

Tags: Fishing, Maps and Tools, Recreation

Hatchery Creek
Hatchery Creek is located below Lake Cumberland immediately behind the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery. Hatchery Creek is a completely man-made stream that originates from the cold water outflow of the hatchery and built using funds solely from the Kentucky Wetland and Stream Mitigation Fund. Additional information about this project is available at this website. 

Tags: Stream Creation, Fishing Recreation, Trout, Wetland and Stream Mitigation Fund

How to Fish
Resources for learning to fish. 

Tags: Education, Fishing, Recreation

Kentucky Afield
Kentucky Afield Magazine is published four times a year. It gives insider tips about the best hunting and fishing in the state. The annual calendar features outstanding photography, proposed season dates, nature notes and tips to help enjoy Kentucky's great outdoors. Kentucky Afield Television is the longest continuously-running outdoors television show in the nation. This webpage allows visitors to watch full episodes online. Kentucky Afield Radio is hosted by KY Fish & Wildlife and broadcasting veteran Charlie Baglan, and the program provides insightful information from experts in the field and department professionals.

Tags: Recreation, Publications, Fishing, Hunting, Media, Education

Kentucky Geoportal
The Kentucky Geoportal is an award-winning data clearinghouse that provides easy and convenient ways to access and share geospatial data resources, including a great many water related geospatial datasets and data resources. Water related KY Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources datasets you can search for and find include: hunting and fishing access points and maps; blue water trails; boundaries of hunting areas including KY Wildlife Management Areas; conservation areas for bivalves; wetland birds, amphibians, and fish; and species richness bivalves and fish. 

Tags: GIS, Spatial Data, Maps, Recreation, Water Quality, TMDLs, Flooding, Floodplains, Dams, Designated Use Waters, Wells, Groundwater, Combined Sewer Overflows, MS4s, Sewers, Stormwater, Bioregions, Biodiversity, Water Supply, Prioritizations, River Miles

Lake Barkley Fish Attractors
KDFWR regularly creates and maintains fish attractors and habitat structures in lakes across Kentucky, includingLake Barkley in the Cumberland River Basin. These interactive maps show you where the department is doing so.  

Tags: Fishing, Maps and Tools

My Profile - Access to your KY Fish and Wildlife Records
This tool allows fishing and hunting license holders to find all of their information, including Telecheck, Quota Hunt, License and Permit history information, as well as replace a fishing or hunting license. 

Tags: Tools, Fishing, Hunting, Recreation, Data, Permits, Regulation, licenses

Online License and Permit Agent
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Online License and Permit Agent site allows visitors to purchase Hunting Licenses, Fishing Licenses, and other permits, for yourself or as a gift for others. 

Tags: Recreation, Hunting, Fishing, Permits, Licenses

Seasonal Catch and Release Trout Streams
The streams on this webpage are stocked in early October (plus early April in Swift Camp Creek) and have a catch and release season (no harvest) from October 1 through March 31, except in Swift Camp Creek where the catch and release season is October 1 through May 31. Only artificial baits may be used during the catch and release season. Statewide regulations apply April through September.

Tags: Recreation, Fishing, Trout

Smallmouth Streams of Kentucky
A list of streams where you can find smallmouth bass in Kentucky. 

Tags: Recreation, Fishing, Smallmouth Bass

Species and Size Limits
Species and size limits for various sport fish in Kentucky. 

Tags: Fishing, Recreation, Regulation

Sportfish Assessments
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists have developed techniques to assess the overall status of the major sport fisheries in lakes around the state. These assessments are used not only to give biologists an idea of the overall well being of the fishery in each water body, but they can also be used by anglers in planning their next fishing trip. For example, anglers can use the assessments to determine which lakes could result in good numbers of quality-size bass or where they might have the best chance of catching their next trophy.

Tags: Fishing, Recreation, Fisheries, Aquatic Biology, Biodiversity, Reports

Statewide Annual Fish Sampling Reports
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources collects a variety of information on fish abundance, sizes and growth rates.  They also gather information on fishing effort and catch rates of recreational anglers from creel surveys as well as angler attitudes and concerns from questionnaires.  The yearly results from these studies are contained in our Annual Lakes and Tailwaters reports.  These are primarily scientific documents, but there is a wealth of information available in them concerning the fisheries of Kentucky.

Tags: Fishing, Recreation, Fisheries, Aquatic Biology, Biodiversity, Reports

Strategic Plan: FY 2015-2019
Information regarding the Department of Fish and Wildlife's 2015-2019 Strategic Plan. 

Tags: Plans and Reports, Planning, Conservation, Recreation

Tournament Fishing
Resources and information on tournament fishing in the state of Kentucky, including schedules, guidelines, and registration requirements. 

Tags: Recreation, Tools, Fishing, Access Points

Trophy Bass Propagation Program
The goal of the Trophy Bass Propagation Program is to collect trophy-size bass (females over 8 lbs. and males over 6 lbs.) to be used as broodstock at our state hatcheries.  By pairing male and female largemouth bass which have already shown the ability to grow to larger-than-average size, we hope to produce offspring with the same genetic growth potential.  Stocking these offspring across the state could provide anglers a better chance at catching a memorable-size fish or even a new state record.

Tags: Recreation, Fishing

Trout Stocking Schedule
Trout stocking schedule for the state of Kentucky. 

Tags: Recreation, Fishing, Trout

Trout Streams Program Classification Document
Information regarding KY's trout streams program and trout streams classification. 

Tags: Recreation, Fishing, Aquatic Biology

Trout Waters Webpage
Trout Waters information regarding regulations, stocking, streams, tailwaters, lakes, and other areas. 

See also: Fishing and Boating Guide

Tags: Recreation, Fishing, Trout

Weekly Fishing Report
A weekly fishing report of what and where people are catching fish in Kentucky from Kentucky Afield. 

Tags: Fishing, Recreation

Wildlife Management Areas / Public Hunting Areas
A webpage with WMAs and other hunting area information, as well as a Google Map with hunting areas across Kentucky. 

See also: Wildlife Management Areas Website

Tags: Hunting, Maps and Tools, Recreation

Wildlife Management Area & Public Lands Search
Looking for a place to hunt, fish, or hike? This interactive map will help you find out where you can do this in KY. Select a county or click on the icons below to narrow down your results.

See also: Wildlife Management Areas Website

Tags: Maps and Tools, Hunting, Fishing, Hiking, Recreation

Wildlife Management Areas Website
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife owns, leases or manages more than 80 wildlife management areas (WMAs) for public use. This webpage contains area general information, guidelines, quick reference regulations charts, permitting information, and more.

Tags: Hunting, Recreation


KY Division of Forestry
Kentenia State Forest Website

Kentenia is the oldest state-owned forest, acquired in 1919 as a gift from the Kentenia-Cantron Corp. It is located in Harlan County along the south side of Pine Mountain in seven scattered tracts totaling 4,081 acres. The forest is open to the public for hunting and fishing and subject to state fish and game regulations. Primitive camping, hiking, picnicking and horseback riding are also permitted. All off-road vehicles, including ATVs, are prohibited. Click following link for a map of Kentenia State Forest

Tags: Forests, Recreation, Maps

Kentucky Ridge State Forest Website
Kentucky Ridge State Forest consists of 15,251 acres. The forest is open to public hunting and fishing, subject to state fish and game regulations, and is available for primitive camping, hiking, picnicking and horseback riding.  All off-road vehicles, including ATVs are prohibited. Click the following link for a map of Kentucky Ridge State Forest.

Tags: Forests, Recreation, Maps

Marrowbone State Forest Website
Marrowbone State Forest and Wildlife Management Area is a 1,983-acre tract of land located on Highway 90 in Metcalfe and Cumberland counties. Marrowbone State Forest is open to the public for day use only unless hunting regulations specify extended hours. Allowable activities include regulated hunting, hiking and wildlife viewing. Off-road vehicles, including ATVs and horseback riding is prohibited.

Tags: Recreation, Forests, Forestland

State Forests
The KY Division of Forestry owns and manages 10 state forests, including 3 in the Cumberland River Basin: KenteniaKentucky Ridge, and Marrowbone state forests. 

See also: Kentenia State Forest Website, Kentucky Ridge State Forest Website, Marrowbone State Forest Website

Tags: Recreation, Forests, Forestland


KY Division of Water
Water Advisories
The Division of Water issues water quality advisories for fish consumptionswimming, and harmful algal blooms.

Tags: Recreation, Fishing, Swimming, Algal Blooms, Advisories

Water Health Portal
The water healthy portal includes information regarding the health status of Kentucky surface waters and allows users to connect to studies and reports on various streams and identify Kentucky's 'Outstanding State Resource Waters.'

Tags: Tools and Maps, Water Quality, Recreation, Plans and Reports, Education, Research

KY State Parks
Cumberland Falls State Park Website
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is located in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Known as the "Niagara of the South," the waterfall forms a 125-foot-wide curtain that plunges 7 stories into a boulder-strewn gorge. The mist of the falls creates the magic of the moonbow, only visible on a clear night during a full moon.This phenomenon appears nowhere else in the Western Hemisphere.

Tags: Recreation, Ecotourism, Fishing, Camping

Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park Website
Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park offers a vast, unspoiled wilderness to refresh and rejuvenate the senses. It's no surprise the bald eagle chooses this area for its wintering grounds. From a dip in the pool to our 18 holes on the Dale Hollow Lake golf course, for vacation fun, they've got you covered. 

Tags: Recreation, Ecotourism, Fishing, Motorboating, Camping

Find a Park Tool
A web tool for finding a state parks by region, lodging options, features and activities. 

Tags: Recreation, Maps and Tools, Ecotourism

Fishing in KY State Parks
A list of parks across Kentucky with options for anglers. Parks in the Cumberland River Basin include Cumberland Falls State Park, Dale Hollow, General Burnside, Kingdom Come, Lake Barkley, Lake Cumberland, and Mineral Mound.

Tags: Recreation, Fishing, Maps and Tools, Ecotourism

General Burnside State Park Website
The damming of the Cumberland River in the 1950s, producing Lake Cumberland, also covered the lower peninsula of Burnside, creating the island that is now General Burnside Island State Park. It has the distinction of being the only island park in the Kentucky State Park system. The park was named for the sideburn-whiskered Civil War general Ambrose Burnside.

Tags: Recreation, Ecotourism, Fishing, Motor Boating, Camping

Kingdom Come State Park Website
Kingdom Come State Park, with an elevation of 2,700 feet, is the crowning jewel in the crest of Pine Mountain near Cumberland, Kentucky. Admire the beautiful views from one of eight overlooks, hike a trail or fish for bass, crappie and trout in the lake.

Tags: Recreation, Ecotourism, Fishing, Hiking, Paddling

Lake Barkley State Resort Park Website
Lake Barkley State Resort Park rests on the shores of one of the world's largest man-made lakes, over 57,500 acres, and provides an array of outdoor and indoor activities. From a cool dip in the swimming pool to a hot sauna, from reeling in the big fish to hitting the little white ball, however you define vacation fun, it's here at Lake Barkley. 

Tags: Recreation, Ecotourism, Fishing, Motor Boating, Camping

Lake Cumberland State Park Website
With 1,200 miles of shoreline, an enchanting waterfall, and secret coves, you could spend a day or weeks exploring the wonders of Lake Cumberland. Lake Cumberland is a paradise for the water sports enthusiast and offers a full-service marina.

Tags: Recreation, Ecotourism, Fishing, Motor Boating, Camping

Mineral Mound State Park Website
This peaceful setting, just south of Eddyville, Kentucky, on the shores of Lake Barkley is historically linked to the author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The featured property was once the farm of Willis B. Machen, grandfather of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald. It’s not hard to imagine the serene, Gatsby-style era from this park, with idyllic days of playing golf and cruising the lake.

Tags: Recreation, Ecotourism, Fishing, Motor Boating



TN Department of Tourism Development
Lakes and Rivers
Information about Tennessee's lakes and rivers from the TN Department of Tourism Development. Highlighted locations within the Cumberland River Basin include Bledsoe Creek State ParkBig South Fork National River and Recreation AreaBowie Nature ParkBridgestone/Firestone Centennial WildernessBurgess Falls State ParkCaney Fork RiverCenter Hill LakeCity Lake Natural AreaCordell Hull LakeCross Creeks National Wildlife RefugeCumberland Gap National Historic ParkCumberland River Bicentennial TrailCumberland River Pedestrian BridgeCumberland River WalkCummins Falls State ParkDale Hollow LakeDunbar Cave State Natural AreaFall Creek Falls State ParkFloating Mill Recreation AreaHarpeth River BluewayHarpeth River State ParkIndian Mountain State ParkJ. Percy Priest LakeLake BarkleyLand Between the Lakes National Recreation AreaLonghunter State ParkMontgomery Bell State ParkObey River Park Recreation AreaOld Hickory Beach,Old Hickory LakePickett State ParkRadnor Lake State ParkRagland Bottom Recreation AreaShelby Street Pedestrian Bridge, and Twin Arches State Natural Area

TN Land Management and GIS
Recreation Atlas
This 2008 static map shows and lists public lands across the state of Tennessee. 

Tags: Maps, Recreation

TN State Parks
Fishing in TN State Parks
A number of TN related fishing resources including a list of TN State Parks where you can fish. 

Tags: Recreation, Fishing

TNParkFinder Map
Use this interactive map to explore TN's parks. 

Tags: Maps and Tools, Recreation

Tennessee’s Wild Side
Tennessee’s Wild Side is an outdoor adventure show designed and developed for viewing by the whole family. Supported by the Tennessee State Parks and Produced by RockWater, LLC, in cooperation with Nashville Public Television, Wild Side is a nine-time regional Emmy Award winning series that has been on the air almost two decades.

TN Department of Environment and Conservation

Land and Water Conservation Funds (LWCF) Grants
The LWCF program provides matching grants to states, and through the state to local governments and state agencies that provide recreation and parks, for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. Recreation Educational Services administers the LWCF grants. These grants require a 50% match.

See also: Recreation Education Services Grants

Tags: Grants and Funding, Recreation

Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) Grants
The LPRF program provides state funding for the purchase of land for parks, natural areas, greenways and the purchase of land for recreational facilities. Funds also may be used for trail development and capital projects in parks, natural areas and greenways. Recreation Educational Services administers the LPRF grants. These grants are a 50% match.

Tags: Grants and Funding, Conservation, Greenways, Recreation

Recreation Educational Services Grants
Recreation Educational Services is responsible for administering federal and state grant programs to local and state governments. 

See also: Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants, the Local Parks and Recreation Fund Grants, Tennessee Recreation Initiative Program, and the Recreation Trails Program

Tags: Grants and Funding , Recreation

Recreation Services Study
A survey was conducted of Parks and Recreation Departments across the State of Tennessee. The results include the services, salaries and inventories of local Parks and Recreation Departments to assist in future planning. 

Tags: Surveys, Planning, Reports, Recreation

Tennessee Recreation Initiative Program
The Tennessee Recreation Initiative Program apportions grant money to cities and counties who lack professional parks and recreational director and do not provide a comprehensive recreation delivery system in their community. These grants are a three-year commitment, $50,000 grant matched by the communities. 

See also: Recreation Education Services Grants

Tags: Grants and Funding, Recreation


TN Division of Water Resources
Bacteriological and Fishing Advisories in Tennessee
List of streams and reservoirs where fish consumption or human contact advisories have been issued.

Tags: Recreation, Fish Consumption Advisories, Fishing, Water Quality, Pathogens, Swimming

Mercury Air Deposition and Selenium Levels in Tennessee Fish and Surface Water
This document reports the results from a study that was designed to test whether predicted mercury air deposition levels using the REMSAD model was correlated to mercury concentrations in fish tissue and water samples. Selenium concentrations were also analyzed in the fish tissue and water samples.

Tags: Mercury Deposition, Selenium, Bioaccumulation, Fish Samples, Water Quality, Recreation, Fishing, Studies and Reports

Mercury Levels in Tennessee Fish
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation compiled tissue data from multiple agencies in order to analyze mercury concentrations in fish from Tennessee's rivers, lakes, reservoirs and streams. This analysis led to the issuance of new and updated mercury advisories in April, 2007.

Tags: Mercury Deposition, Selenium, Bioaccumulation, Fish Samples, Water Quality, Recreation, Fishing, Studies and Reports

Tennessee Coalfields Fish Tissue and Water Quality Study (2011-2013)
Report of a study conducted by the Division of Water Resources conducted to evaluate the potential bioaccumulation of metals in native game fish in streams draining Tennessee Coalfields.

Tags: Water Quality, Bioaccumulation, Metals, Recreation, Fish Consumption Advisories, Mining, Coal, Studies and Reports

TN Wildlife Resources Agency
2016 Fishing Guide
TWRA's 2016 guide to fishing in Tennessee. Topics covered include license information, statewide limits and regulations, unwanted species on the move, reservoir and small impoundment regulations, safety, trout stocking schedules, contaminants in fish, fish identification, turtles, and more.

Tags: Recreation, Fishing, Guides, Fish Consumption Advisories, Licensing and Permits, Dams and Impoundments, Regulations, Biodiversity, Naturalist

Angler's Guide to Tennessee Fish
To help identify angler's catches, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) offers this convenient identification guide on nearly 100 species or subspecies, including aquatic nuisance species that are currently present in the state or may be found in the future. 

Tags: Recreation, Fishing, Identification, Biodiversity, Aquatic Biology, Naturalist

Bank Fishing
The following bank fishing locations were compiled by TWRA staff to inform anglers of areas where you can fish without a boat. 

Tags: Recreation, Fishing, Maps and Tools

Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW)
BOW offers women programs in outdoor skills. Tennessee events include canoe trips down the Hiwassee River, muzzleloader workshops, and an entire weekend workshop filled with classes and activities every aspiring outdoors-woman will enjoy. Some of these classes include basic archery, reading the woods, ATV operation, dutch oven cooking, fly-fishing, nature photography, and much, much more.

Tags: Recreation, Education

BITE Program
Bass clubs have an opportunity to help the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency monitor bass populations.  TWRA asks bass clubs and tournament organizations to share tournament results for all tournaments held on Tennessee reservoirs. Data will be recorded in the B.I.T.E. (Bass Information from Tournament Entries) program. State fisheries biologists use this information, along with other sampling data, to document trends in bass populations. 

Tags: Research, Fishing, Recreation, Aquatic Biology, Surveys, Biodiversity, Data

Boating and Fishing Access Map
An interactive map of boating and fishing access points in Tennessee. 

Tags: Recreation, Maps and Tools, Paddling, Motor Boating, Fishing

Download Wildlife Management Area Data
The boundaries of TWRA's Wildlife Management Areas are available for download in two different format types: shapefile or KML. Shapefiles are GIS files used with GIS software, such as ArcView 3.x and ArcMap. A KML file can be imported directly into Google Earth.

Tags: Data, GIS, Recreation, Hunting

Family Fishing Lakes
These 18 lakes managed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency are open year-round for fishing and outdoor recreation. Designed and regulated especially for family fishing, these lakes prohibit alcoholic beverages, houseboats, inboard motors, water skiing, personal watercraft, and swimming. Most lakes have wheelchair accessible fishing piers, easy access to bank fishing, boat rentals, launching ramps, and picnic areas. Some lakes offer conveniences such as bait, tackle, snacks and drinks. One Family Fishing Lake is located in the Cumberland River Basin — Marrowbone Lake

Tags: Fishing, Recreation

Fee Fishing Ponds and Lakes
There are numerous private ponds and small lakes throughout the state that charge either a fee to fish, a fee per pound of fish or a fee only if you catch fish. These lakes, known as catch-out facilities or pay lakes, are usually kept stocked on a regular basis and offer a good opportunity as a place to take children, because fish are more easily caught.

Tags: Fishing, Recreation

Fishing Information and Identification
Resources for identifying and learning about fish in Tennessee. Resources include a Black Bass Identification Key, a Temperate Bass Identification Key, a Spawning Temperature Table, and Fish Pictures

Tags: Fishing, Recreation, Identification, Aquatic Biodiversity, Biodiversity, Naturalist

Fishing Licenses and Permits
"The hunting and fishing licenses go on sale February 18 each year, the beginning of prime fishing, and are valid until the last day of February the following year. Most licenses, except the Lifetime Sportsman License and specialty licenses, such as Wheelchair, Disabled Veteran, SSI (Supplemental Security Income), and Blind Fishing licenses, are available from most county clerks, sporting goods stores, hardware stores, boat docks, online, and from all TWRA offices."

Tags: Fishing, Recreation, Licenses, Permits

Habitat Monitoring and Enhancement
TWRA biologists monitor fish habitat changes in reservoirs and work to maintain healthy habitat conditions. TWRA's habitat enhancement projects for reservoirs fall into several categories: shoreline stabilization, aquatic macrophyte establishment, and fish attractor construction. Each of these categories has different objectives, but all are aimed at maintaining current conditions or improving conditions for fish and fishing. 

Tags: Fishing, Habitat, Water Quality, Aquatic Biology, Biodiversity, Recreation, Erosion

Kids Fishing Events
The listings on this page are not-for-profit kids fishing events.

Tags: Recreation, Fishing, Family-Friendly, Events

Managing Small Ponds and Fishing Lakes in Tennessee
Although ponds and small lakes provide many important and practical benefits: erosion control, livestock watering, swimming, irrigation and wildlife enhancement, the information found in "Managing Small Fishing Ponds and Lakes in Tennessee" has been prepared to encourage Tennessee landowners to plan, construct and manage their ponds and small lakes properly for recreational fishing. TWRA'sFish for Stocking in New or Renovated Ponds also provides helpful stocking related information. 

Tags: Recreation, Fishing, Guides, Education, Stocking

Moment of Freedom Campaign
Tennessee has become an ideal destination for sportsman with mobility impairments. Many organization have worked hard to provide wheelchair-accessible custom blinds and fishing piers on public lands and waters.  More than a dozen deer, turkey and waterfowl blinds that include ramps and other features to make hunting from a wheelchair more convenient can be found across the state. A number of wheelchair-accessible fishing piers and observation towers offer additional outdoor opportunities as well.  The state’s Moment of Freedom initiative is aimed at increasing these outdoor opportunities. The primary goal of the Moment of Freedom is to create 21 new wheelchair-accessible sites over the next three years.

Tags: Recreation, Mobility Impairments, Fishing, Hunting

Reservoir/Fish Attractor Maps
Fish attractor maps for reservoirs across the TN. Cumberland River Basin maps include Center HillCordell HullDale HollowJ. Percy Priest, and Old Hickory Lakes. 

Tags: Recreation, Fishing, Maps

Stocked Trout Locations Map
An interactive map of stocked trout locations in Tennessee. 

See also: Trout Information / Stockings

Tags: Recreation, Maps and Tools, Fishing

Tennessee Outdoor Youth Summits (TOYS)
Headquartered at the Montgomery Shooting Complex in the community of Southside near Clarksville, TOYS attracts high-school aged students from across the state. It teaches our youth about the outdoors. It covers topics such as fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, wildlife identification, outdoors photography, biology, firearm safety, archery, trap and skeet shooting, boating and boating safety, and so much more. Students interested in a professional career in natural resources also have the opportunity to experience outings that provide insight into actual professional management (e.g. electro-fishing, aging fish, controlled burning). 

Tags: Education, Recreation, Fishing, Hunting, Naturalist, Wildlife Identification, Motor Boating

Trout Information / Stockings
Each year 80 streams and small lakes are stocked to provide a trout fishery. These streams have low abundance of wild trout, or no trout at all. TWRA stocks about 325,000 9-12 inch trout between February and October. This webpage links visitors to information about stocking schedules, stocked locations, tailwater trout, wild trout streams, and stocked trout.

Tags: Recreation, Maps and Tools, Fishing

TWRA On The Go
TWRA's mobile app for outdoor enthusiasts. With the app you can: view TWRA news; Unting/Trapping, Waterfowl, Fishing, & Boating Guides; Buy your licenses, Renew boats, and report and see your harvests; find a WMA, check station, Hunters for the Hungry Processor, Fishing Spot, Boat Ramp, or a Wildlife Viewing Areas; view fishing reports and identify your fish with our Fish ID Guide; Learn more about Tennessee’s Watchable Wildlife; browse wild game and fish recipes; and more. 

Tags: Recreation, Hunting Fishing, Wildlife Viewing, Naturalist, Cooking, Paddling, Reports

Hundreds of videos on variety of topics including fishing, boating, outdoor recreation, Watchable Wildlife, habitat management, paddling, ducks, trout, watersports and more.  

Tags: Media, Recreation, Fishing, Motor Boating, Hunting, Paddling

Warm Water Stockings
Information about stocking locations and dates for water water species such as catfish, bass, walleye and others. 

Tags: Recreation, Fishing

Wildlife Management Areas Map
An interactive map of Wildlife Management Areas in Tennessee. 

Tags: Recreation, Maps and Tools, Hunting



American Red Cross
First Aid Training Opportunities

"Prepare for the unexpected with first aid training from the American Red Cross. Developed and taught by experts, our convenient, affordable courses can help your organization become OSHA compliant – and provide care when it's needed most. With award-winning online classes, plus first aid courses at more than 550 locations across the United States, and our best-in-class blended Simulation Learning, we offer training designed to suit your schedule and your learning style. Red Cross First Aid Certification classes include a free digital certificate, valid for 2 years, plus free access to digital learning materials and online Refresher Courses."

Tags: First Aid, Medical

Harpeth River Watershed Association
A few resources for anglers are on this webpage including pictures of catches and a link to top river lures

Tags: Recreation, Fishing

Information about parks and sites of interest within the watershed. Includes information for people interested in fishing, hiking, picnicking, history and more. 

Tags: Recreation, History, Fishing, Hiking

Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation
Take Me Fishing Program
Fishing is a great activity that can be done at any age. It’s not hard to learn how to fish, it just takes a little time and practice. In this section you can find more information and fishing tips on each step to learning how to fish."

Tags: Fishing, Recreation, Tutorial

Red River Watershed Association
Recreational Information for Red River Streams
A listing of Red River Watershed Streams with information about whether these streams possess Natural/Scenic Quality and Recreational Fishing or Recreational Boating opportunities. 

Tags: Recreation, Fishing, Paddling