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Grand Rivers, Kentucky Profile

Grand Rivers, Kentucky Area Profile

Including Lake City

Our Grand Rivers, Kentucky Area section of ExploreKentuckyLake.com covers the city of Grand Rivers as well as the community of Lake City which are both located on a peninsula between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley in Livingston County.  Grand Rivers is known as a popular tourist destination because of it's charming character and ideal water-front location between the two lakes.  It's population is 374 year-round citizens. 

A Closer Look at Livingston County, Kentucky


Major highways in Livingston County include Interstate 24 and US 62/641.  While there are no airports in Grand Rivers, general aviation service can be found at the nearby Kentucky Dam Airport, about 6 miles west of Grand Rivers off US 641. Commercial service can be found in nearby Paducah, KY, at the Barkley Regional Airport.


Livingston County has 9,359 residents and has four incorporated cities:  Salem, Smithland, Carrsville, and Grand Rivers.  Smithland, the county seat, is located about 15 miles north of Grand Rivers.  Salem is approximately 30 miles north of Grand Rivers, while Carrsville, one of the smallest incorporated cities in Kentucky, is about 35 miles north of Grand Rivers.

Education & Healthcare

Livingston County School System contains three elementary schools throughout Livingston County, including schools at Ledbetter, Smithland, and Burna.  Livingston Central High School is located in Smithland, while Livingston County Middle School is located near Burna, KY.

Livingston Hospital and Healthcare Services, Inc. is a non-profit Critical Access Hospital.  Care is provided to inpatients, outpatients, observation patients, and swing bed patients by all departments with a variety of diagnosis. 


The City of Grand Rivers, Kentucky, is governed by a mayor and six city councilmen.  The Grand Rivers City Hall is located on Cumberland Avenue in Grand Rivers and can be reached at (270) 362-8272.

Churches in Livingston County

There are numerous churches throughout Livingston County.  You'll find Baptist, Church of Christ, Methodist, Presbyterian and many others.  View a complete listing of Livingston County Churches.

Hematite Lake
Photo by Shawn Dunnaway

One of the hidden gems is this beautiful small lake in Land Between The Lakes. This shallow lake features lily pads, abundant wildlife, and a two-mile trail circling the lake. The trail in the back features a unique boardwalk.