There are very few natural lakes in this region because glaciers never made it as far south as Kentucky during the Pleistocene Ice Age and did not carve out depressions in the bedrock where lakes could form. Instead, the lakes and ponds you see are man-made. The bedrock is composed of limestone and shale, which keeps the water from seeping into the ground. If you'd like to learn more about the history of the lakes, click below to read a story by Bob Hill.
William F. Miles Lakes consists of five fishing lakes, three of which are stocked by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife on a regular basis. The most common fish in the lakes are Bluegill, Small and Largemouth Bass and Green and Redear Sunfish. Through the Fishing in Neighborhoods Program (FINs), Rainbow Trout are stocked in the winter months and catchable size channel catfish are stocked in the summer. Fishing is available at the year-round, but a valid Kentucky Fishing License is required for those over the age of 15.
- Dragonfly Lake - 1-acre lake at the Garden Gateway entrance. When in bloom, look for the reflection of the garden gateway wildflowers in this lake.
- Green Heron Lake - 2-acre lake that is stocked periodically by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife with trout and catfish. Drop a line from the Fisherman’s Trail or from our ADA Accessible Fishing Pier.
- Snapping Turtle Lake - 2-acre lake that is a great spot to wander upon wildlife, in and out of the water!
- Angler Lake - at 4 acres, Angler Lake is the largest lake in The Parklands and is stocked periodically by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife with trout and catfish. Take in the view from the Lake Overlook, or walk along the Fisherman’s Trail to find the perfect spot to drop a line.
- Wood Duck Lake - 3-acre lake hidden just beyond the entrance to the Coppiced Woods Trail. Keep your eye on the duck platforms—you never know what might be perched there.
If you didn't bring your fishing pole you may still enjoy the beautiful lakes by taking a walk around the Fisherman's Trail or by enjoying a picnic at the Lake Overlook.
On January 1, 2011, The Parklands of Floyds Fork assumed responsibility of William F. Miles Lakes (formerly Miles Park) through an innovative agreement with Metro Louisville. The Parklands of Floyds Fork, a dream realized by the nonprofit 21st Century Parks, will provide all maintenance, operations and programming for William F. Miles Lakes, and will integrate the park and its resources into The Parklands’ overall recreation, education and conservation planning.