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Kentucky Lake  & Lake Barkley Boating Overview

Boating on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley is a great way to build memories with family and friends. In fact, the lakes, rivers and creeks that wind their way through the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area and the surrounding region provides hours of entertainment and prove to be a welcome gateway to a relaxing water-themed vacation. Before heading to the lake you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the region’s navigation charts and understand the meaning of the various navigation aids that line the waterways.

Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley offer boat enthusiasts a lot of options, whether you own your boat or just want to rent one. Here is some general information about the various amenities, boat ramps, marinas and boat rental equipment available on the region’s lakes.

Types of Boat Rentals

If you don’t plan to bring a boat of your own on your Kentucky Lake vacation, then you’ll have lots of great opportunities to rent boats and other water toys at one of the various marinas and boat rental businesses located throughout Western Kentucky and Western Tennessee.

From fishing boats to ski boats to pontoons to kayaks and canoes, Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley have a plethora of options for boaters. If you’re seeking to rent a Kentucky Lake houseboat you find great options at Prizer Point Resort and Marina or Kentucky Dam Marina. Fishing boats can be found at Kenlake Marina, Prizer Point Resort and Marina, Green Turtle Bay Boat Rentals, and Moors Resort and Marina, just to name a few.

If you’re on the search for a pontoon boat rental, you’ll find several to choose from at Prizer Point Resort & Marina, Moors Resort and Marina, Green Turtle Bay Boat Rentals, West Kentucky Pontoon Rentals, Lakeview Cottages and Marina, and several other marinas located on the lakes.

Jet skis and waverunner rentals are available at Moors Resort and Marina, Big Bear Resort and Marina, Lake Barkley Marina, Kenlake Marina, Cypress Springs Resort and Marina, and Kentucky Dam Marina.

Kentucky Lake Boat Charters in Gilbertsville offers another unique boating experience on the lakes. Captain Michael will guide you through a relaxing, fun experience around Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake. You can book half-day or full-day charters or create a customized boating experience.

There’s no shortage of vessels from which to choose.


There are about 40 marinas located on or near Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. Many of the marinas offer covered and open slips, fishing guide services, marine fuel, and a marina store where anglers can purchase fishing licenses, and bait and tackle.

A good number of the marinas provide boat rental services where guests can lease pontoon boats, fishing boats, jet skis and waverunners.

Boat Ramps

If you plan to bring your own pontoon boat or fishing boat you’ll want to know the locations of each of the relevant boat ramps. The lakes region is filled with a variety of easy access points along bays, creeks and on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. For specific boat ramp launch information and details click here.

Get Out on the Water

Kentucky Lake boating and cruising the waters of Lake Barkley are both fun and exciting ways to spend some time out on the water. Anglers, cruisers and those individuals who want to put the pedal to the metal on a jet ski will find deep, beautiful waters set against a picturesque backdrop.

Come find your bliss as you indulge yourself in a top-notch boating adventure.

Photo by Susan Eizenga

If you are visiting Land Between The Lakes after dark, you are sure to hear the hoots of one of the many species of owls that can be found in this region.