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Kentucky Lake - Lake Barkley - Land Between The Lakes

Memorial Day Weekend

Celebrate the unofficial start of summer during Memorial Day Weekend at Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, and LBL.  Find cabins, condos, resorts, hotels or hit the campgroundsBook your weekend vacation now!

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Kentucky Lake

The Tennessee River

Kentucky Lake is one of the best lakes for sport fishing in the country, whether it is crappie, bass, bluegill, or catfish you're hunting.

Kentucky Lake is also home to outstanding recreational boating, from jet skis to ski boats to pleasure boatingSail the lakes, or rent a houseboat and have a good time!

Quick Facts:

  • 184 miles in length
  • 2,064 miles of shoreline
  • 160,300 acres of water
  • Completed in 1944
  • Created by Kentucky Dam

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Lake Barkley

The Cumberland River

Lake Barkley is a younger lake and is slightly smaller than Kentucky Lake, but still offers the same great fishing experiences and boating opportunities you'll find on Kentucky Lake.

There are several full-service marinas, resorts, and campgrounds along Lake Barkley to make your visit a pleasurable one. 

Quick Facts:

  • 118 miles in length
  • 1,004 miles of shoreline
  • 57,900 acres of water
  • Completed in 1964
  • Created by Barkley Dam

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Land Between The Lakes

National Recreation Area

Enjoy a vast uninhabited land full of small lakes, wildlife, historical attractions, and trails. The Land Between The Lakes is perfect for those who love to be outside.

Take a step back in time at The Homeplace 1850s, or see live animal exhibits at the Nature Station, or catch a show at the Planetarium.

Quick Facts:

  • 170,000-acre National Recreation Area
  • Over 300 miles of pristine shoreline
  • 420 miles of country roads
  • 200 miles of hiking trails
  • Sandwiched by Kentucky Lake & Lake Barkley

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Welcome to Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley & Land Between The Lakes

Together, Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley form the largest body of water between the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico.  With over 210,000 acres of water, Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley provide plenty of room for fishing, boating, and outdoor recreationBass fishing is outstanding and the lakes provide some of best crappie fishing waters anywhere.

The area that makes up Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, and Land Between The Lakes is truly an outdoorsman's paradise.  We have world-renowned fresh water fishing with largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegill, catfish, sauger, and much more.  Our fishing reports offer the very latest in what's hot: species and their fishing patterns, water conditions, and everything else you need to prepare for your next fishing trip.

Land Between The Lakes (LBL) is a unique 170,000-acre National Recreation Area situated between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. Key attractions include The Nature Station, Elk & Bison Prairie, Golden Pond Planetarium, Homeplace 1850s, and Turkey Bay OHV Area.

With so many things to explore around Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, and Land Between The Lakes, you can choose to make a day of it or a week of it.

Start planning your trip to the Kentucky Lakes Area today!


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Photo by Melodie Cunningham

September and October marks prime rutting season for elk. Elk rut to defend their territory and females (known as cows).