Palmer Road access for Taylorsville Lake now open

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By The Staff

The Palmer Road access to the Salt River Bottoms on the Taylorsville Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is now vastly improved because of work recently conducted by the Engineering Division of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

“The Engineering Division upgraded Palmer Road to the old River Road along Salt River,” said Bill Mitchell, manager of Taylorsville Lake WMA for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “They also built a 10-car parking lot at the bottom of the hill near Salt River.”

Before this improvement, anglers and hunters had to negotiate a steep grade with extremely limited parking to access the Salt River bottoms. The gate on Palmer Road is now down at the new parking lot instead of the top of the road.

“The original gate on Palmer Road had poor parking with only enough room for about three vehicles,” Mitchell said. “The old access didn’t accommodate our user groups. Now, a deer hunter can avoid a 200 yard drag to get their deer out of the bottoms.”

The Palmer Road access is off KY 1579, via KY 44 or KY 248. This area is a popular white bass fishing spot during their spring runs up Salt River and anglers can easily access the river for bank fishing.

“We appreciate the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers working with us and granting approval to make this project possible,” said Brian Clark, Bluegrass regional coordinator for the wildlife division of Kentucky Fish and Wildlife.