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Normal Water Temperatures

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Below is a chart showing normal water temperatures of Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley.

Time Period Water Temp Time Period Water Temp
January 40-45° Late July 84-86°
Late February 45-50° Early August 84-86°
Early March 50-52° Mid August 84-86°
Mid March 52-55° Late August 84-86°
Late March 55-58° Early September 84-86°
Early April 58-62° Mid September 80-84°
Mid April 62-65° Late September 72-80°
Late April 65-68° Early October 68-72°
Early May 68-72° Mid October 65-68°
Mid May 72-75° Late October 62-68°
Late May 75-78° Early November 58-62°
Early June 78-80° Mid November 55-58°
Mid June 80-82° Late November 52-55°
Late June 82-84° Early December 50-52°
Early July 84-86° Mid December 48-50°
Mid July 84-86° Late December 45-48°

Geese in Flight
Photo by Murray Blake

These Canadian geese are just beginning their yearly migration south to avoid the long, cold winter. They will return in spring to the welcoming waterways of the Kentucky Lakes Area.