Welcome to Lake Barkley

The Lake Barkley region offers a variety of attractions and activities for the whole family. Whether you are seeking to catch a monster bass or crappie, or just wanting to relax and leave the office back at home… this is the spot!

Besides all the water activities, the Lake Barkley area offers biking, hiking, hunting and an abundance of scenic by-ways.  There are many interesting attractions for the whole family to enjoy. There are plenty of antique shops, historical attractions, museums and shopping and a fantastic water park.

Fishing on property managed by the Corps of Engineers for the operation of Lake Barkley has become a tradition and is a favorite pastime for many people.  With over 57 thousand surface acres of water available for public use, Lake Barkley supports diverse and abundant fish populations.

In addition to fishing on Lake Barkley, there is a Civil War Monument, historic relics, commercial marinas, public parks and wildlife refuges.  The many species of wildlife here, including golden and bald eagles, make bird watching and nature photography exciting pastimes.

Lake Barkley belongs to its visitors.  Treat the area with respect by keeping it clean and attractive.  Enjoy yourself, have a safe visit, and come back again soon!

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  • Lake Barkley was impounded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1966
  • The water temperature average is 45 to 65 during winter months and 70 to 80 during the summer months
  • Lake Barkley is 134 miles long with 1,004 miles of shoreline
  • The lake covers 57,900 acres at summer pool, elevation 359 mean sea level (the sea level halfway between the mean levels of high and low water)
  • The Barkley lock was opened to navigation in July of 1964 and has clear chamber dimensions of 800’ x 110’ x 57’. The gravity fill and empty system, exchanges 37,500,000 gallons of water per lockage.
  • The project was first identified as the Lower Cumberland Project, but was later referred to as Barkley Lock and Dam and Lake Barkley in honor of the late Alben W. Barkley, the 35th vice president of the United States and late senator and a Paducah, Kentucky native.
  • Each of Barkley’s four generators is capable of producing 32,500-kilowatt hours.
  • Barkley Dam is 10,180ft long and 157ft high
  • On May 4th, 2011 Lake Barkley reached its crest and set the new record level for Lake Barkley at 372.5’. The previous record level for Lake Barkley was 370.04’, which was set May 11, 1984.
  • The state of Kentucky has more miles of running water than any other state except Alaska.
  • In the War of 1812 more that half of all Americans killed in action were Kentuckians.


Land Between the Lakes Camping Reservations Available for Eclipse 2017

LAND BETWEEN THE LAKES, KY/TN – October 19, 2016 – Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area has opened the camping reservation system to accept early reservations for August 14-August 23, 2017. A total solar eclipse will occur in the region on Monday, August 21, 2017.

“We want to support our local communities and visitors who want to be here to experience this unusual astronomical event,” says Jeff Laird, Customer Service Manager at Land Between the Lakes. “There are approximately 1,400 campsites across the recreation area and a portion of those are available for reservations. The Homeplace 1850s Farm, Woodlands Nature Station, and Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory have programs planned around the eclipse event, so there will be lots to do here and in our surrounding communities.”

Reservations will be accepted at Energy Lake, Hillman Ferry, Piney, and Wranglers campgrounds. The public can make reservations online 24 hours a day, seven days a week at https://www.landbetweenthelakes.us/reservations/. Reservations are also available by phone Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm. Call 270-924-2000 or 800-525-7077 and follow the prompts for camping reservations.



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When you visit Lake Barkley stop by our Tourism offices at Exit 40 (82 Days Inn Drive) for your free gift.

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