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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

Beaver Dam Outlook
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

The view from the top of this beaver dam shows a Kentucky Lake inlet in late spring. An inlet like this one is habitat to a variety of exciting wildlife and plants just waiting to be explored!