My family which consists of myself, my husband and 2 year old son stayed for 3 nights at the General Butler State Park in a one bedroom cottage. The cottage was nice and very clean. Nothing over top, just your basic cottage but with AC and satellite. My only complaint with the cottage was that the windows are all painted shut. After the 95 plus degree day we had earlier this week, it would have been nice to have been able to open up the cottage when the hot weather broke. The lodge is a far distance from the cottages (you need to drive there). And that is where the pool and restaurant are located. We didn't use the pool, but it looked nice and was never really busy. We did however visit the restaurant twice. The food was good, the service was slow. With a 2 year old, we never know when his patience will wear thin so it does not help when it takes 10 minutes just to get a drink order in. We would have visited the restaurant more if the service had been faster and more attentive. On both occasions (we had breakfast one day and dinner the other), we had to flag down someone for drink refills and had to request ketchup twice during our dinner visit. We did use the mini golf. Good fun! As for the fishing, in my own opinion this lake has been woefully overfished. I witnessed on more than one occasion as a fellow angler pulled a less than average fish from the water and declared it a "whopper" or a"keeper". The lake has one size limit in place and that is on largemouth bass (at 15 inches). There are creel limits imposed on both bass and channel cat that are above and beyond the state limit. During 3 days of fishing, I pulled 3 decent channel cats one of which I kept, two small crappie, one 10 inch bass and a gaggle of small bluegill. I think people are pulling and keeping fish which are too small which is not allowing the fish community to build up in any way. I would love to see a DNR sample report for this lake. Also note, the lake level is significantly down. I am not sure if northern Kentucky is feeling the same drought conditions that the area of Illinois I am for is experiencing or if this lake level issue is rooted elsewhere. You are actually standing on whatnot used to be lake bottomto fish. In some areas 10 to 15 feet of lake bottom. This area is full of broken glass, old cans and just general ick from previous visitors. We had a hard time keeping our son safe while fishing so we actually swept the area for broken glass, picked it up and then brought him down to fish. Overall, I really liked this place and would definitely go back but more than likely will give the lake a year to see what happens. Side note, the girls at the front desk were fabulous and helped me navigate the surrounding area looking for non-outdoor things to do with a toddler when it rained one morning.
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