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Kentucky Lake - Lake Barkley - Land Between The Lakes

Happening Now at Kentucky Lake


LBL Wildlife Refuges Set To Open March 16

2/23/17 - 1:25 p.m.

Several popular wildlife refuges are set to open March 16, including Duncan Bay, Honker Bay, Hematite Lake and others.


McCadams: Winter or Spring? Winter Plays Tricks...

2/23/17 - 8:26 a.m.

Steve McCadams reports the warm February has kicked things in gear for Kentucky Lake fishing.

Shelldiver Guide Service

Shelldiver Guide Service's Fishing Report

2/23/17 - 8:23 a.m.

Scott McGlinchey of Shelldiver Guide Service posts his latest report on bass fishing in Kentucky Lake.


Crappie, Bass Fishing Still Going Well

2/22/17 - 9:55 a.m.

Kirk Weber reports the bass and crappie are still biting well. Weber also says if the weather holds up, crappie could spawn early.


Big Cool Down Coming This Weekend

2/22/17 - 7:59 a.m.

Flowers, plants and even some trees are budding. But this week's warm weather will give way to more seasonal temps this weekend.

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Current Discharge

24,868 cfs

Kentucky Lakes Area - Click for Interactive Mapping

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!

Kentucky Lake Towns & Bays

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. 

Lake Barkley Towns & Bays:

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.

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!

Photo by Dawn Duke

Whether it's a quiet stroll or an afternoon with a rod 'n reel, there's a Kentucky Lake destination waiting for you.