About Cave Run Lake

We welcome you with pride to our beautiful state of Kentucky.

Cave Run Lake is a beautiful place to visit! With 8,270 acres and 166 miles of shoreline, this scenic lake is outstanding trophy muskie fishing. It is a great place for family vacations, reunions, camping retreats, fishing, hunting, and boating.

Start your day off with a picnic or a quick swim in the lake. If you prefer camping, Cave Run Lake has several campgrounds available to accommodate visitors. RV’s are welcome! Boating is very popular throughout the area (boat rental is available at the local marinas) as well as fishing and hunting. If you like Muskie, you’ll love fishing Cave Run! Horse back riding and hiking is also available for those wishing to explore the wildlife of Cave Run.

Crash’s Landing, Inc. Outfitters & Muskie Guide Post We have operated Crash Mullins Professional Guide Service for over 30years with great success here at Cave Run Lake. In April of 1998 we opened Crash’s Landing, Inc., Outfitters & Muskie Guide Post. We offer the best and largest selection of Muskie Tackle in the South. There is always something going on here at the Gateway to Cave Run Lake, and our professional staff is always here to inform you of lake information, mark your maps and outfit you as thoroughly as you would like.

(606) 780-4260 or New email address:  crashslanding@roadrunner.com


We are located at the Gateway to Cave Run Lake; we are six minutes from Interstate –64, Exit 133 and are located on your left (Look for a log cabin, gas pumps and a huge Muskie on the rooftop). We are 45 min. from Lexington and Ashland, KY. From our store you are only 3 miles from the water, where you will find your first boat ramp and largest marina on the lake. Scott’s Creek Marina can provide you with boat slips, restaurant and much more.

Across the road from Crash’s Landing you can stop in and see the Minor Clarke Fish Hatchery, which has the largest Muskie stocking program in North America.  You might like to take time out to stop in at the Visitors Center at the U.S. Forest Service located between the hatchery and the marina, with tours and videos of our scenic area.  Then two miles past Scott’s Creek Marina http://www.caverunmarinas.com/is the Twin Knobs Camp Ground facility with over 300 sites, great bathhouses, an amphitheater, beach and two private boat ramps for your convenience.

We are only eight miles from our college town of Morehead, Ky. where you’ll find our Folk Arts Center, the Visitors Center and lots of festivals and functions going on all throughout the year.  Major hotel chains, restaurants, and cinema.

Our goal is to provide a friendly, customer oriented service with a down home flair.  For us here at Crash’s Landing, Inc., when you walk through our door we will do our best to make you feel as if you’ve come home for a visit.  We encourage you and your family to look around, maybe grab an ice cream or a bite of pizza while relaxing in the rocking chairs on the front porch.

We welcome you with pride to our beautiful state of Kentucky.


Daniel Boone National Forest 


The legendary scenic beauty of Eastern Kentucky is embodied in the Daniel Boone National Forest, a huge area that covers 672,000 acres in 21 counties. When you visit here you are seeing the spectacular land that Daniel Boone once explored – steep forested ridges, magnificent natural arches, rushing streams, abundant wildlife and lush vegetation. You can also enjoy the whole spectrum of outdoor activities – camping, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, boating, fishing, hunting, canoeing and whitewater rafting. The forest has an incredible variety of trees, including red and white oak, chestnut, hickory, yellow poplar, basswood, beech, sugar and red maple, hemlock, and shortleaf, pitch and Virginia pine. The forest contains two large lakes and many streams, including six Kentucky Wild Rivers.

Muskie, Bass, Crappie, Catfish, Bream and stocked Trout attract fishermen. The 257-mile Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail extends the length of the forest and links many of the developed recreation areas. The trail runs through deep canyons, along narrow ridge tops, past rivers and lakes, and through areas of strikingly beautiful rimrock cliffs. Sheltowee Trace links with the Jenny Wiley National Recreation Trail and with other major trail systems in the Red River Gorge, Cave Run Lake, Laurel River Lake, Cumberland Falls and Big South Fork areas. There are an additional 235 miles of trails within the forest. KY-89, a Kentucky Scenic Byway, runs from KY-490 in Rockcastle County to the Jackson-Estill county line. The portion south of McKee parallels the Rockcastle River and Sheltowee Trace.

About 50 miles east of Lexington is the Red River Gorge Geological Area, a favorite for day hikes and backpacking. The rugged Clifty Wilderness is also located in the gorge. Beaver Creek Wilderness, featuring rock shelters, vertical cliffs and waterfalls, is 17 miles southwest of Somerset. Nearby is majestic Cumberland Falls.

There are two popular lakes at each end of the forest – Laurel River Lake near Corbin/London and Cave Run Lake near Morehead – both with campgrounds and marinas. The Pioneer Weapons Hunting Area is next to Cave Run. There’s also canoeing and whitewater rafting on the Cumberland River, Rockcastle River and Red River, all national wild and scenic rivers.

The U.S. Forest Service on KY-801 has a great visitor center with maps, exhibits and an audiovisual, M-F 8-4:30, 606/784-5624. The Lakeview Ridge Hiking Trail begins here, following the Sheltowee Trace for 1.25 miles and then proceeding for 4 miles high above the lake. Nearby is the Minor E. Clark Fish Hatchery, one of the largest state-owned warm-water hatcheries in the country, covering 300 acres with 111 rearing and brood ponds (free, June-Aug M-F 7-3, KY-801 S, 606/784-6872, restrooms not handicapped accessible).

Morehead, Kentucky

The Cave Run area is not only known for outdoor activities but also for the many events held each year. The Cave Run Storytelling Festival is just one of the many events held each year. Be sure to check out all of the great events from storytelling, horse shows to Rhythm & Blues, Cave Run has it all.

Below are just some of the ways to get more information:

Rock-n-Blues-n-BBQ Festival – http://www.caverunblues.com/

Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival- www.poppymountainbluegrass.com

Cave Run Story Telling Festival- www.caverunstoryfest.org

Morehead, Kentucky is a great area for outdoor lovers. It is best known for Cave Run Lake, 15 minutes west of town off US-60. Cave Run is surrounded by the northernmost part of the Daniel Boone National Forest. Take the nine-mile Zilpo Road National Forest Scenic Byway for a ridgetop view of cliffs of rhododendron and laurel, distant mountains and glimpses of the shimmering lake. You’ll pass historic Clear Creek Iron Furnace and the circa 1933 Tater Knob Fire Tower, the last fire tower in the forest. Zilpo Road goes  through the Pioneer Weapons Wildlife Management Area, where hunting is limited to weapons such as crossbows and muzzle-loading rifles can be used. The 257-mile Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail also goes through the forest. Some sections are open to horseback riding, mountain bikes and off-road vehicles, as well as hiking.

Stop at the brand New Morehead’s Visitor Center at 897 Flemingsburg Road, M-F 8:30-4:30, 606/780-4342 or 1-800-654-1944 for area information and then head to the Kentucky Folk Art Center. You’ll see a fascinating collection of 720 pieces of sculpture, paintings and artworks made by Kentucky folk artists. Most of the 150 artists are from northeastern Kentucky and are self-taught. The museum store offers contemporary artworks, educational folk toys, books, recordings and wearable art ($3, M-Sat 9-5, Sun 1-5, 102 West First Street, 606/783-2204).

For More Information:

TWIN KNOBS & ZILPO Recreation Areas  Mon-Fri @ 606-784-8816

CAVE RUN MARINA  606-784-9666

Lake Information: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 606-783-7001  http://www.lrl.usace.army.mil/op/

Morehead Tourism Commission, 897 Flemingsburg Road, Morehead, KY  606-780-4342 or 1-800-654-1944 www.moreheadtourism.com