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by MEGAN T. BLANEY, Magnet Freelancer
Spring has sprung at Taylorsville Lake and the warm temperatures have been a relief for lake aficionados and employees alike.Boaters and fishermen have been taking advantage of the few warm sunny days in March and unearthed their boats from winter storage.
“This is the first time we’ve been out all year,” said Lamar Richardson Jr., who was preparing his boat on the launching ramp with his father Lamar Richardson Sr. “We’ve been waiting and waiting for it to get warm.”And all around the park, green shoots of grass were poking through the brown bed of leaves. The park sits on the 3,050-acre Taylorsville Lake, made from the Salt River in 1983. The park boasts another 2,560 acres of riding and hiking country surrounding the lake.
An exciting new development at the park is the construction of an archery range. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife has partnered with Taylorsville Lake State Park to build the archery range, which will feature two-dimensional targets that will remain at the park throughout the season for anyone who wants to practice with their bows.“This is a real plus for our campgrounds,” said Park Manager Eddie Moore. “And it’s good practice for deer season – you can hunt with bows a lot longer than you can with guns.”
Moore said he hopes to have students from Spencer County High School practice at the range as well as hosting tournaments. A tournament organization would most likely bring their own 3D targets, but they would be welcome to use the park’s targets as well, Moore said.Moore said the park’s appeal never diminishes year after year.
“People really enjoy coming here. It’s easy in and easy out and there are walking trails right off the campground,” he said. “Once we’re open and running, we fill up almost every weekend.”All the campsites have fire rings and picnic tables. There are 24 miles of trails – horseback riding, bicycling and hiking.
“The more aggressive bicyclists love our trails,” Moore said. “But they’re not paved – they’re not flat easy rides.”There are 45 RV sites with electric and water hookups, ten equestrian sites with horse hitching posts and electric and water, seven group sites and 15 primitive sites for tent camping.
Wherever the camper decides to rest, the facilities are always pristine, Moore said.“People love our bathhouses,” he said. “We always keep them in great shape.”
The bathhouses have laundry facilities and there are two playgrounds for children as well as volleyball courts and horseshoe pits for camper use. The campgrounds open April 1.Regular park visitors may soon notice some additional foliage that wasn’t there previously. Using a grant, the park will be planting 200 seedling trees with students from Spencer County High School.
“Of those there will be maybe 50 to 75 (trees) that make it,” Moore said.
The seedlings will be approximately two to three feet high. There will be a number of public events at the park this spring, summer and fall including celebrations on July 4th and on Halloween. Moore said he hopes people will take advantage of the Buy One Night, Get One Night Free special over Campers Appreciation Weekend on April 25 and 26.
“It’s a great time to come down and check out the park. There’s something for everyone,” he said.
And the Kincaid brothers were hoping there was something for them in the lake water earlier this month. Phillip and Herbert Kincaid were fishing for bass and bluegill on a sunny March morning.
The lake has a variety of fish including largemouth bass and hybrid-striped bass, bluegill, catfish and crappie. The brothers hadn’t caught anything yet, but said they were just enjoying being outside after a long winter.
“It’s not been this warm in a long time,” said Phillip Kincaid. “Makes for a nice change.”
Thinking of checking out Taylorsville Lake?
For camping reservations, call 1-888-459-7275.
For boat rentals, call Settlers Trace Boat Ramp and Marina; (502) 477-8766
For cottages on the lake, call Edgewater Resort: (502) 477-9196