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If you’re interested in lake homes for sale in Kentucky, keep Lake Barkley in mind. Lake Barkley sprawls 134 miles, joining the Kentucky Lake to form a massive recreation and conservation wonderland. “The Land Between the Lakes” runs along the edge of the lake for 50 miles and hosts countless outdoor adventures and accommodations, and Lake Barkley’s waters are always looked to for good times and great memories!
Lake Barkley is truly grand in size and scope, as it borders the Kentucky counties of Trigg, Lyon, and Livingston before stretching into Tennessee. The Barkley Dam holds up the Cumberland River, providing flood control and hydroelectric power, along with one of the most prized lake systems in the entire region. Anglers certainly appreciate the 58,000 acres of fishing paradise that Lake Barkley offers. In the fall, bait your hook for largemouth bass, and keep in mind that the crappie spawn in the spring. Really though, Lake Barkley fishing is fantastic year-round: you can also hunt for bluegill, sauger, channel catfish, Kentucky bass, and white bass. Even if you head out on the lake without a specific catch in mind, you’re bound to come home with a keeper, or two!
Lake homes for sale are speckled across 1,004 miles of Lake Barkley’s unspoiled shoreline. In addition to being privileged to stunning sunsets and landscapes, these lake-view properties also enjoy access to all the recreation opportunities to be had in and out of the water. Rent a canoe, kayak, pontoon boat, or ski boat at the main marina or launch your own: the marina features 60 open boat slips, 112 covered slips, and a boat launch. Explore the more secluded coves and inlets, and make a few waves by picking up speed towards the center of the lake. Swimming and sunbathing on the sandy beach is always another great option, whether or not you have a taste for adrenaline on a water toy.
The Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area borders the west side of Lake Barkley, and is home to 170,000 acres of outdoor recreation action. Indigenous animal and plant species coexist in peace with adventure-seekers and nature enthusiasts, as there’s plenty of room for all. Traverse countless trails by foot, bike, or horseback and just take it all in. Another great way to take in the spectacular scenery is from an immaculate fairway. Local golf courses such as Drake Creek, Mineral Mounds, and Boots Randolf all have awe-inspiring views of the lake. If you’d like to live on a Lake Barkley golf course, check out GolfHomes.com for property listings and details.
The entire area around Lake Barkley is steeped in history and culture. From Civil War forts to antique shopping to old time Southern music, there’s something for everyone to appreciate. Lake Barkley caters to everyone that steps foot on its shores. Create your Lake Barkley experience today!
Miles of scenic shoreline, exceptional fishing and an abundance of outdoor recreation! Western Kentucky's Lake Barkley area continues to grow not only as a popular vacation spot but as an ideal location for retirement and year round living. Nestled on the northeast shore of Lake Barkley, Lyon County lays peacefully along a shoreline rich in wildlife and scenic beauty. The pristine waters provide endless opportunities for boating, fishing, and a variety of water sports. Look for the bald eagle, the blue heron, and a wide variety of other wildlife as you cruise down the lake. Swimming, boating, camping, and skiing are only a few of the activities you can enjoy while vacationing in the area. Eddyville, located only a few minutes from the lake, offers activities for family fun and entertainment. You can enjoy an afternoon at the water park and go shopping at the Factory Outlet Mall. Horseback riders can spend the day at the riding stables located near Eddyville. A variety of restaurants serve everything from Lake Barkley catfish to southern barbecue.
Lake Barkley was impounded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1966. The dam impounds the Cumberland River near Grand Rivers, Kentucky, approximately 38 miles up stream from where the Cumberland empties into the Ohio River. One mile above the dam is a canal connecting Lake Barkley with Kentucky Lake, forming one of the greatest freshwater recreational complexes in the country. The lakes run parallel courses for more than 50 miles with Land Between the Lakes recreational area located between them. Lake Barkley is 134 miles long with a shoreline measuring 1,004 miles. The lake's level is fluctuated from summer to winter for flood control purposes. Summer pool (359 ft. sea level) is normally reached by May 1. The water level begins dropping gradually on July 1, and winter pool (354 ft.) is reached by Dec. 1. The spring rise starts April 1. The lake's water surface area varies accordingly from 57,920 acres at summer pool to 45,210 acres at winter pool. Updated daily, the Army Corps of Engineers provides an online lake report which not only includes daily fishing information, but also provides the current lake level, water temperature and discharge rate.
A Safe Boating Test is now required for anyone 12-17 years of age who operates a boat over 10 horse power. This new safety requirement also applies to personal watercraft. For more information on this new Kentucky law or for information on taking the Safe Boating Test visit the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife site.
Why not RENT a Lakehouse on Lake Barkley while you are viewing houses or lots for sale? Check out other website for Lake Rentals, LakeHouseVacations.com. Here is a link to vacation rentals on Lake Barkley :
Lake Barkley Vacation Rentals
Are they permitted? Yes
Can you swim in the lake? Yes
Are they permitted? Yes, with permit
Are they permitted? Yes
90 Minutes to Nashville, Kentucky Dam Village 8 miles
Nashville is 90 Minutes
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Anglers, both novice and professional, will find the fishing exceptional. Long known for its spring crappie run fishermen are amazed at the number and size of fish that can be caught. Throughout the summer, white bass, bluegill and catfish provide fun for old and young alike. Serious anglers search for bass on drop-offs and around stump beds. Fishing on Lake Barkley is an angler's dream. A thriving population of crappie, largemouth bass, white bass, catfish, sauger and bluegill offer a challenge for fishermen. Early crappie fishing is a sure cure for cabin fever and the warmer days of winter often find anglers sitting peacefully along shorelines and in sunny bays and coves. Crappie can be caught by casting a curly tail jig or by dropping a minnow in a favorite brush pile. In early spring the crappie begin to move into the bays to spawn. An old wives tale which seems to hold true says "Crappie fishing is best when the dogwoods are in bloom." During the spring spawn, crappie will move from deep to shallow water, and may be found in water depths anywhere from 6 inches to 4-6 feet deep.
May and June are typically the best fishing months on the lake. Crappie can still be caught post spawn and bass will be found on gravel points and around stumps. Catfish can be found on gravel points that taper off to a mud layer. Bluegill, which often spawn later, can be taken with grubs, worms, and crickets. During July and August, the white bass can provide fun and excitement for any angler. Look for them to jump along the river drops and flats, and use a rooster tail, lead spoon, or top water lure to bring these aggressive fish in the boat. Don't be surprised if you hook a largemouth bass while fishing the jumps. They are known to often travel in the same schools to feed.
The peaceful shoreline and colorful fall foliage lend itself to some of the year's most scenic fishing. You can catch fish using spring fishing techniques. Catch largemouth bass in the brush, tree tops, and on riprap. Crappie will normally make one more run to shallow water. Look for them in 5-12 feet of water near brush piles and brushy drop-offs. To make your fishing experience more successful, consider renting a boat or booking a local fishing guide.
Tom and Barbs One Stop Market
270-388-7745, Highway 93 S, Eddyville, KY 42038 (Fishing Equipment)
B and J Bait Co
270-886-6813, 1718 E 1st St, Hopkinsville, KY 42240-2917
Bucks & Bass Archery & Sporting Goods
270-522-0729, 2240 South Rd, Cadiz, KY 42211-6626
Eddy Creek Marina Resort
270-388-2271, 7612 State Route 93 S, Eddyville, KY 42038-8750
Full service marina, boat rentals, ship store, bait, gas, diesel & restaurant.
Eshler Marine Service
270-388-7703, 117 Eshler Loop, Eddyville, KY 42038-7365
270-388-0953, Eddyville, KY 42038
Rottgering Marine Inc
270-388-0360, Po Box 785, Eddyville, KY 42038-0785
Buzzard Rock Resort
Full service marina, restaurant, boat rentals, marine supplies, covered & open slips.
P.O. Box 130, Kuttawa, KY 42055 / 1.800.826.6238
Lake Barkley State Resort Park
270-924-1131, Blue Springs Rd, Cadiz, KY 42211
91 sites, 60 pull throughs, full hook-ups, pool, game room, laundry, dump station, open all year
Kamptown Rv Resort
270-522-7976, 4124 Rockcastle Rd, Cadiz, KY 42211-9364
Rockcastle R V Park & Campground
270-522-5530, 1049 Goose Hollow Rd, Cadiz, KY 42211-8018
Dryden Bay Campground
270-388-0289, 2609 State Route 274, Eddyville, KY 42038-8569
Willow Creek Campground
270-522-0808, 1784 Linton Rd, Cadiz, KY 42211-9428
Local Area Businesses
Woods & Wetlands Wildlife Center
270-924-9107, 5974 Canton Rd, Cadiz, KY 42211-8448
Princeton Golf & Country Club
270-365-7301, 1001 S Jefferson St, Princeton, KY 42445-2376
Land Between The Lake is a 170,000 acre national recreation area located between Kentucky and Barkley lakes. Approximately 8 miles wide and 40 miles long, this forested peninsula offers more than 200 miles of trails for hikers, bikers and horseback riders, as well as a 2,500 acre area reserved for Off-Highway Vehicle use. It is also home to the Nature Station, which provides an up close encounter with the natural world through live animal exhibits and in-field programs, The Homeplace-1850, a working 19th century farm, the Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory, and the Elk & Bison Prairie which offers an opportunity to view LBL's ongoing prairie restoration efforts as well as their buffalo and elk herd.