Kentucky Tourism

Kenlake State Resort Park

  • Cherokee Park
  • Weddings


Kenlake State Resort Park
542 Kenlake Rd.
Hardin, KY 42048
Toll Free: (800) 325-0143

Sales Contact

Tammy Nanney

Situated high above Kentucky Lake, the Kenlake Lodge steps back in time to the era of grand hotels and relaxing weekend holidays.

Lodge rooms have interior hallways and the meeting room, just off the lobby, showcases the outdoor pool and Kentucky Lake through its wall of windows. For additional flexibility, the indoor tennis center can be converted to a 20,000-square-foot exhibit hall or convention space.

Cherokee State Park

Rich in history, Cherokee State Park was once the only segregated state park for African-Americans in the South and one of only three such parks in the United States. Today, the original dining hall has been fully restored as a modern 125-seat event/meeting facility with climate-controlled comfort. Patio, overlook and gardens create the perfect area for family reunions, wedding ceremonies or company retreats.

Site Features


Located on the mid-west shore of Kentucky Lake, with the longest shoreline of any man-made lake in the eastern United States, Kenlake is the perfect spot to hold your event and enjoy the great outdoors.

Click here to download Kenlake's Event Planner (Adobe PDF)



Gracious hospitality is the tradition at the Kenlake lodge. From the radiant gardens to the lake views, this 48-room hotel is a destination for the entire family.

Experience the manicured flower gardens surrounding the lodge to enjoy nature’s finest palette of seasonal colors. Rooms available by late afternoon. Accommodation rates for groups of ten or more are available by contacting the park's sales representative.


For more private accommodations you may choose a one, two, or three-bedroom cottage with one or two baths.

These cottages offer beautiful lake views with features that include decks and screened-in porches. Tableware, cooking utensils, and linens are provided. Open year-round. Cottages are available by late afternoon. Accommodation rates for groups of ten or more are available by contacting the park's sales representative.


Are you roughing it?

It won’t be too difficult in the 90-site campground. Utility hookups, a dump station, and a central service building with showers and rest rooms make your camping trip hassle-free. Closed for season from mid-November to mid-March.


Kenlake State Resort Park is a beautiful lakefront resort located on Kentucky Lake. Nature abounds in our park. Visitors may see deer, turkey and many small game animals as you enjoy a stroll in the woods or along the shoreline of Kentucky Lake. You may also catch a glimpse of a Bald Eagle or hear the glory of the many song birds. Breathe in the refreshing smell of fresh water and enjoy the cool breeze from the lake. Relaxation is nestled in nature!

For business groups the hotel has four (4) meeting rooms which can accommodate from 10-200 guests. Historic Cherokee is located only 3 miles from Kenlake Hotel and is a wonderful meeting facility for weddings, reunions, parties or company picnics. Two (2) picnic pavilions and the Bayview Building are available for casual family gatherings, cookouts, or weddings. Outdoor weddings are our specialty with six lake view venues to choose from.

Overnight accommodations are available in the forty eight (48) room “Kenlake Hotel,” or our fully furnished cottages ranging from one, two or three bedrooms. Our Campground has 90 sites, all with electric and water hookups. Meals can be enjoyed in the Aurora Landing Restaurant with a beautiful view of Kentucky Lake, or in your meeting room.

The resort has an indoor/outdoor tennis center, and 3 D Archery range plus, hiking and fishing. Kenlake Marina offers rental pontoons, fishing and ski boats, plus overnight or long term slip rental. There is a launching ramp, of course. Free Wi-Fi is available in all overnight and meeting accommodations. An outdoor pool is available (seasonally) for hotel and cottage guests.

The park is located only five (5) miles from Land Between the Lakes a public use area operated by the US Forest Service offering hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, environmental education, ATV and equestrian riding opportunities.

Things To Do

  • Hiking Trails (2 miles)
  • Outdoor Pool (Seasonal)
  • Planned Recreation
  • Playground
  • Picnic Tables
  • Fishing, Pontoon, Bass or Ski
  • Boat Rentals (Seasonal)


With six (6) lake view venues to choose from Kenlake State Resort Park and Historic Cherokee can make your wedding the day of your dreams.

Historic Cherokee will seat up to 112 café style. Overflow seating is available outside the lodge (weather permitting) or many guests choose to erect a tent for expanded dining/dancing needs.

The lakeside overlook will accommodate up to 200 guests for the ceremony, with wedding chairs available for rental.

Other outdoor venues include the Lake Point, The Gazebo, the Garden Room Deck, The Lakeview Shelter and the Iroquois Shelter. Reception areas for from 20-135 are available with the Garden Room, Meeting Room A, the Bayview Building, Lakeview Shelter & Iroquois Shelter.

Our catering staff can accommodate your reception needs with full buffets or appetizers.

Overnight accommodations for your honeymoon, bridal party and overnight guests are available and a block of rooms can be set aside for your guests to easily make reservations.