2019 is Friends of Nolin Lake's 10th Anniversary!

In 2009, Friends of Nolin Lake was formed to Promote, Preserve and Enhance Nolin Lake. This year we are celebrating a decade of events, education, promotions and communications benefiting residents, businesses and visitors of Nolin Lake. Come out and join us for our events planned for this year. Better yet, join us by becoming a member of Friends of Nolin Lake and participate in free, Members-Only events! Then volunteer with us to help put on events or help improve the lake habitat. Just click "Membership" and "Volunteer Opportunities" in the menu to the left.
Calendar of Events                                                         
Apr 13: Wildflower Walk
Apr 26 - 28: Friends of Nolin Camp Out
May 18: Paddle Nolin
Jul 13: Family Fest
Aug 10: Nolin Fest
Sep 14: Nolin Lake Cleanup
Oct 5: Brier Creek Trail-A-Thon
Oct 19: Moutardier Monster Mash
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Recent Events

The Brier Creek Trail-a-Thon took place on October 5, 2019. For more details, click here.

Nolin Fest 2019 offered free admission, free musical entertainment by Andy and the Rockers, free inflatables for the kids to play on and a fantastic free fireworks show over the lake at the end of the night. There were also food vendors serving all manner of culinary treats and refreshments, goods vendors with a wide variety of practical necessities, and youth organizations representing the best of the next generation. The weather was gorgeous (if a little warm) and smiles and laughter abounded. Thanks to all who helped make this year's event such a huge success! Hope to see you all next year!

Photos by Jackilyn Photography

Family Fest 2019 was a blast! There were free hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, drinks and games for all in attendance, and free Kona Ice, temporary tattoos, inflatable slide and inflatable bounce house for kids. The warm temperatures were not a problem with the lake nearby, plenty of shade, free bottled water and a pool full of water sponges to toss back and forth (okay, to throw at each other). Park Ranger Libby Watt taught the kids about water safety and how to help someone who is drowning (Reach, Throw, Row, Don't Go). Special thanks to Sherry's Red Roof Restaurant for the free food and drinks and to Kona Ice for the free Hawaiian-style shaved ice. If you missed this year's Family Fest, you missed a great time! Be sure to make plans to attend next year!

The 2019 Paddle Nolin event took place on May 18, a sunny and delightful Saturday morning on Nolin Lake. After a safety briefing and getting free safety whistles and hand towels provided by the Corps of Engineers, the 24 participants launched their 21 kayaks and canoes at the Dog Creek boat ramp and enjoyed a leisurely paddle further up Dog Creek, led by Corps of Engineers Ranger Lance Hauk. The group paddled 2½ miles or so up Dog Creek and then returned to the boat ramp to take out their boats. It was a safe and rejuvenating event for all. We hope you'll plan to join us at the 2020 Paddle Nolin!

Members-Only Free Camping Weekend: Our members-only free camping weekend took place Friday Apr 26 - Sunday Apr 28 when Moutardier Campground hosted 35 Friends of Nolin Lake families - and no one else - for a relaxing weekend spent with family and friends in beautiful surroundings. We also had our Annual Meeting on Saturday where members and staff heard about an upcoming fish habitat improvement project and discussed last year's events, this year's planned events, and ideas about how to make Friends of Nolin Lake even better.

2019 Wildflower Walk: Friends of Nolin Lake kicked off the 2019 season of events with our Wildflower Walk over the Waterfall Loop of the Brier Creek Trail system. It was a perfect spring morning to see and learn about our local wildflowers, ferns, vines, trees, lichens and birds. Judging by the smiles, everyone had a great time. We hope you can join us for other events this year - listed in the sidebar menu to the left.

In 2018, Friends of Nolin Lake earned a
Gold Seal of Transparency from GuideStar.

GuideStar's mission is to revolutionize philanthropy by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving. According to Time magazine, "GuideStar has grown into the nation's premier nonprofit database." The Gold Seal puts Friends of Nolin Lake in the top 0.5% of nonprofits on GuideStar.

Brier Creek 5K Trail Run took place on September 29, 2018. For more details, click here.


  • Nolin River Accessible Again! Effective August 29, 2018 the Nolin River within Mammoth Cave National Park is once again open to paddlers. Open this topic to read the attached news release...
    Posted Sep 14, 2018, 5:35 PM by Friends Of Nolin Lake
  • Conditions Along Nolin River Effective 8/1/17- Recent changes in water level resulting from the removal of Lock and Dam No. 6 on the Green River downstream have resulted in lower water levels ...
    Posted Sep 14, 2018, 5:35 PM by Friends Of Nolin Lake
  • Friends Wanted We want you!! Friends are always wanted, needed, and welcomed.  Join the Friends of Nolin now!!
    Posted Sep 14, 2018, 5:35 PM by Friends Of Nolin Lake
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