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Lake Barkley

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Lake Barkley is home to campgrounds, resorts, marinas and lots of water recreation.  Fishing is the most popular activity with anglers catching crappie, bass, bluegill and catfish.  Boating is also a popular activity with houseboats, ski boats, and pontoons.

Lake Barkley was created in the 1960s by building Barkley Dam at Grand Rivers on the Cumberland River.  Joined with Kentucky Lake by a free-flowing canal in the north, boaters will find it easy to access both lakes.

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

Hematite Leaves
Photo by Shane Dunnaway

Those who are familiar with Hematite Lake trail will know where this photo was taken. Beautiful autumn leaves attempt to cover the rocks alongside the path around Hematite Lake.