Subdivision is located on Highway 79 near Falls of Rough, Ky. It is also
bordered on Rough River Lake, which is the main attraction for owners. The Lake
is approximately 5100 acres. Bentwood is a restricted community with minimum
requirements for homes which aids the stabilization of prices for the
Rough Rive Lake lies within the "Clifty" area of Pennyroyal Region of Kentucky.
The term "Pennyroyal" or "Pennyrile," used interchangeably, denoted an area
exceeding 11,000 square miles. The name derived from a plant of the mint family
which grows profusely throughout the area.
The Clifty area comprises the western edge of the Pennyroyal layers have been
assigned by geologist to the Chester Series of Late Mississippian Geologic Age,
a period estimated to have existed about 300 million years ago.
An abundance of water in the area, both surface and underground, has caused
solutioning in the limestone and as a result, created a myriad of sinks and
caverns. The most important cavern in the area is Mammoth Cave, the longest
cave system in the world with over 240 miles of mapped passageways. The
Pennyroyal plain, extending from northern Tennessee through Kentucky to central
Indiana, is an outstanding example of "Karst" (sinkhole) topography and is the
most widespread topographic feature of this type in the United States.
Rough River Lake was authorized under the Flood Control Act of 1938. The
Louisville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers designed, built, and
operates the project to reduce flood damages downstream from the dam. The dam
is in Breckinridge and Grayson counties, about 6 miles upstream from Fall of
the Rough on Rough River.
During the fall and winter months, when excessive rainfall is likely, the lake
is kept at a relatively low level referred to as winter pool. Should heavy
rains occur, surface water runoff is stored in the lake until the swollen
streams and rivers below the dam have receded and can handle the release of the
stored water without damage to lives or property.
||Earth core with rock fill
|Maximum width at base:
|Drainage area above dam:
||454 square miles
(Feet mean sea level)
Rough River Lake has approximately 266 miles of fee boundary line (often
referred to as "red line") surrounding 4,522 acres of fee property above the
summer pool. The Corps of Engineers inspects 25% of the boundary line each
year, marking trees along the boundary with red paint. This paint indicates the
approximate location of the boundary line and does not show the exact location
of the line. At most boundary corners, metal fence posts, often with orange
plastic sleeves, indicate a more accurate location of the boundary line.
The Corps of Engineers requests your assistance in preventing encroachments on
public land. Quite often, private lot surveys do not agree with the established
boundary line at Rough River Lake. In order to prevent encroachments, we
recommend that adjacent property buyers contract the services of a licensed
surveyor prior to purchase, and that current owners contract the services of a
licensed surveyor prior to any construction. Any discrepancies must be resolved
prior to any construction activities on any land in question. Any encroachments
onto lands owned in fee by the United States are subject to collateral
citations, which can result in a fine not to exceed $5,000 and/or up to 6
months in jail.
In addition to fee property, the Corps of Engineers has also purchased a
flowage easement on over 4,000 acres of land around Rough River Lake, using the
ground elevation of 534 as an acquisition guide. These easements were purchased
for the temporary storage of flood water during periods of high rainfall.
Because of the potential for flooding, allowable improvements to property with
flowage easement restrictions are limited. Vegetation alteration (mowing,
agriculture, timber harvesting, etc.) may be allowed under the flowage easement
restrictions. Structures not intended for human habitation (gazebos, barns,
storage buildings, decks not attached to houses/trailers, etc.) are allowed
only after written permission in the form of a consent to easement has been
obtained from the Corps of Engineers. Septic systems and structures intended
for human habitation are prohibited on land encumbered with a flowage easement.
The boundary line of flowage easement property is not well marked. The limits
of the flowage easement should be indicated on the deed of any property
affected by the easement. Some information on the boundary of flowage easement
property is available at the Rough River Lake project office. To locate the
boundary line on any affected property, however, the Corps of Engineers
recommends that landowners obtain the services of a licensed surveyor.
Encroachments on land encumbered by a flowage easement are violations of legal
restrictions on the property and are subject to litigation.
If you have any questions about the fee or flowage easement boundary line at
Rough River Lake, please contact the Rough River Lake project office. An
appointment with a Corps Ranger can be scheduled to assist you with answering
any questions you may have.
Licenses and Permits
Landowners in subdivisions adjacent to Rough River Lake may be eligible to
apply for a license or permit to conduct certain activities on government
property, including placement of a boat dock, construction of stairs or steps,
construction of a pathway (improved or unimproved), vegetation alteration
(mowing), construction of roads, turnarounds, parking areas, and boat ramps,
and installation of fish attractors.
Restrictions apply as to where on the lake these activities may take place. For
additional information, please visit our Shoreline Use Permits and Licenses
page by clicking the link to the right, or call the Rough River Lake project
For additional information, see http://www.lrl.usac.army.mil/rrl