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Lake Barkley

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Lake Barkley was created about 20 years after the completion of Kentucky Lake. Barkley was joined with Kentucky with a free-flowing canal, connecting the two massive bodies of water. Lake Barkley today is home to campgrounds, resorts, and lots of lake recreation.

Lake Barkley Waterfront Accommodations

The following are accommodations that have a water-view of Lake Barkley or are Lake Barkley waterfront. 

Lake Barkley Towns & Bays

Lake Barkley Quick Facts

  • 118 miles in length, 1,004 miles of shoreline, 57,900 acres of water
  • Construction of Barkley Dam began in 1959 on the Cumberland River
  • Completed in 1964, Barkley Dam created Lake Barkley


Rocky Shores
Photo by John Mahler

Although the terrain in this part of the country is typically flat, you'll still find an occasional rocky shoreline like this one on Kentucky Lake.