The Hungry Pilot: Rough River Dam State Resort Park

Rough River Airport

Rough River is a state park with a nice lake and an airport.

Restaurant name: Grayson’s Landing Restaurant

Airport: Rough River Dam State Resort Park Airport (2I3)

Famous for: Spectacular view of Rough River Lake from dining room

Restaurant tips: Grayson’s Landing Restaurant is located on the bottom floor of Rough River Dam State Resort Park’s forty-room lodge in Falls of the Rough, KY. The restaurant boasts a large bank of wrapped windows through which patrons can enjoy stunning views of Rough River Lake.

The Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, and Kids menus feature a wide variety of reasonably-priced foods, including seasonal selections of locally-harvested produce and products; in fact, most items are under $10. Many folks, though, will opt for the buffet when available which nicely covers everything from salad to dessert.

Sunday through Thursday restaurant hours are (Central Time): Breakfast 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM; Lunch 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM; and Dinner 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM. Friday and Saturday restaurant hours are: Breakfast 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM; Lunch 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM; and Dinner 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM.

Rough River

The restaurant offers stunning views of the lake.

One of the best parts about visiting Grayson’s Landing Restaurant is the beautiful scenery. The airport is located at the state park, and the lodge is just a short, easy 10 minute walk away. Along the way, stop for a game of putt-putt, or stroll down to the lake’s edge. The lake is a perfect place to catch fish, skip rocks with the kids, go for a swim, or rent a pontoon from the full-service marina, so bring your park map and sunscreen, and enjoy a day on the lake.

Airport tips: The park’s airport has a single 3,200’ paved runway (2-20). A bathhouse with restrooms and showers is open year-round. Tie downs are available, and you can even pitch a tent and camp right at the airport for $10 a night if you do not want to stay at the lodge. If you need transportation to the lodge, just call park staff at (270) 257-2311. While fuel and services are not available on-field, there are several airports close by that have them.

4 Comments

  1. John says:

    popular destination for pilots out of Bowman Field, Louisville. I hear good things about the weekend buffet. From what I remember on my only flight there many years ago, Fort Knox restricted airspace was not too far away (but certainly not a problem) and Louisville approach class C was a big help.

  2. Steve says:

    Rough River brings a lot of memories…. been heading there every year for the past 30 years. Great place.

  3. Charlie says:

    Went there several times for a model airplane patern contest several years ago. an Arrow, a Beech 18, and a Navajo were the mode of transportation.

  4. Guido says:

    The canard group has been getting together there for many years. Biggest Rutan type design fly-in in the world.