Lake Barkley, Kentucky, United States
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Lake Barkley Information

About Lake Barkley

Extending over a span of around 58,000 acres, Lake Barkley is a reservoir primarily spanning through several Kentucky counties as well as a couple of counties in the state of Tennessee. A popular fishing spot in Kentucky, this lake is where the state’s largest yellow bass was caught. The origin of Lake Barkley is similar to that of Kentucky Lake where in the 1960’s, unused communities were flooded to create these bodies of water. In 1966, when the Barkley Dam was completed, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers impounded Lake Barkley.

Things to do in Lake Barkley

Complete with marinas and recreational areas, Lake Barkley is a beloved destination for families and outdoors enthusiasts. At the lake, visitors can partake in exciting activities such as hiking, biking, hunting, swimming, and fishing.

Moreover, Barkley Lake is in proximity to historic attractions, public parks, and a museum. A few of the notable monuments and points of interest include the Barkley Dam, a structure that reaches over 150 feet high and 10,000 feet wide; the Land Between the Lakes, an official United States National Recreation Area where there is a gorgeous park as well as relics like iron furnaces and Civil War forts; and the Kentucky State Penitentiary, an impressive stone building that locals refer to as “The Castle On The Cumberland.”

Another prominent location near Lake Barkley is Mineral Mound State Park. This state park boasts scenic picnic areas, hiking trails, and a ramp designated for boats. The Lyon County Museum is home to remarkable exhibits that aim to educate visitors about the area’s local and regional history.

Day trips from Lake Barkley

About 10 miles from the heart of Lake Barkley is the small town of Cadiz. The town is situated nearby the Land Between the Lakes. Moreover, Cadiz is a historically important place due to it being a former Civil War base for both the Union and Confederate soldiers.

Additionally, around 20 miles away from the lake is the city of Grand Rivers. This charming city is known for the Badgett Playhouse, a venue that hosts special performances and variety shows. There is also a 2-mile walking trail that runs from Kentucky Lake’s Jetty and goes through the downtown area and reaches Little Lake Park. To partake in watersports like jet skiing and boating, the Green Turtle Bay Marina is a popular spot for these activities.

Lake Barkley accommodations

The majority of cozy properties around the Lake Barkley area feature a picturesque view of the lake and surrounding wooded areas. Some of the accommodations are also in vicinity to quiet, rural communities and farms. Vacation rentals include peaceful waterfront cottages, secluded cabins surrounded by lovely thickets, and humble brick houses neighboring historic districts.

Transportation in Lake Barkley

Lake Barkley has areas convenient for pedestrians and bikers. Nearby the lake is Lake Barkley State Park Airport in Cadiz as well as Eggner’s Ferry Bridge in the town of Benton. The lake is also close to major highways and roads.

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Vacation Rentals in Lake Barkley

Save hundreds with a vacation home rental from and forget the hotel room. For the ultimate getaway, Lake Barkley offers 326 affordable vacation rentals with a price to match your budget and accommodation needs. Prices in Lake Barkley start at an average price of $227 a night with long-term rentals averaging $25 a month.

These vacation rentals offer a range of amenities, so you’ll feel right at home. For those looking to stay in a corporate rental, 250 of Lake Barkley’s rentals offer high speed WiFi Internet so you can easily keep in touch with your company or team. Go for a swim at one of the 57 properties complete with pool or jacuzzi, or relax with a night of cable TV in any of our 279 vacation home rentals.

Traveling with your dog or cat? Choose from 115 pet-friendly rentals in Lake Barkley that allow you to bring your extended family’s home rentals offer far more room and comfort than a hotel, providing a safe and spacious place for you and your pets. Many properties allow you to book directly online, so once you find that perfect vacation rental, you’ll be all set to go!

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