Lake Barkley Things To Do
Seven miles of trails are open for mountain biking.
Over 200 avian species can be observed or heard in the park, including an abundance of warbler species including: Prothonotary, Kentucky, Blue-winged, and Worm-eating warblers, Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Wild Turkeys, vultures, Pileated Woodpeckers, Red-Headed Woodpeckers, Wood Thrushes, orioles, tanagers, hawks, owls, Belted Kingfishers, swallows, a wide variety of waterfowl, and many, many others. The park currently has nearly 60 bluebird nest boxes, and most can be observed from the park’s roads.
In the fall and winter, large flocks (dozens---sometimes, hundreds) of American White Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorants can be observed from the lodge. Winter is also a great time to view ducks and waterfowl on the lake. Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Mergansers, Loons, Grebes, and coots are just a few of the winter visitors. In the spring and summer these birds head north and are replaced by Snowy Egrets, Cattle Egrets, Black-crowned Night-herons, Great Egrets, and other fish eating birds.
With a 57,920-acre lake, Barkley is a year-round boating paradise. The marina is one-half mile from the lodge and offers 112 covered slips, 60 open slips, and a launching ramp.
Rental fishing boats, pontoon boats, and ski boats are available. Open year-round. Fee for rentals. Marina: (270) 924-9954.
Find delight in the outdoors in the campground. The campground has 78 sites with utility hookups, a dump station, and two central service buildings with showers and rest rooms. Closed Nov 1 - Mar 31.
Check our events calendar for Winter Eagle Watching dates.
Enjoy hours of fishing pleasure at Lake Barkley. Anglers cast for largemouth, white, and Kentucky bass, bluegill, channel catfish and crappie.
A Kentucky Fishing License is required. Click here to purchase a license online at KY Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
Don't have a fishing pole? No problem! Ask at the park about their fishing loaner program where you can check out FREE equipment.
Pamper yourself year-round at the Lake Barkley Fitness Center. This indoor facility is equipped with nautilus machines, fitness cycles, Olympic free-weight room, leverage equipment, aerobic classes, glass racquet ball court, sauna, wet-steam room, whirlpool, heated indoor wellness pool and locker rooms.
$5 fee per person, per day for walk-ins. Weekly, monthly, and annual memberships are also available for purchase. Daily fee is discounted for Lake Barkley Resort campground and marina guests. Free for lodge and cottage/cabin guests.
Open year-round. Age restrictions apply. Call 270-924-1135, ext. 593 for more information.
Entertain yourself and impress your friends. Video games, pool and ping pong tables, checker tables, and a room full of smiles await you in the Lodge’s lower lobby. Operating hours: Sunday – Thursday, 9am – 10pm; Friday – Saturday, 9am – 11pm.
Our gift shop is lavishly decorated with something for everyone. The Kentucky crafts people represented range from the finest potters to the most intricate woodworkers. Many souvenirs depicting the local wildlife, such as deer, horses, raccoons, frogs and hummingbirds are available. Choose from a wide variety of t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, magnets, and postcards.
Test your golfing skills on the 18-hole Boots Randolph Course. A pro shop, rental riding carts, pull carts, and golf clubs are available. Golf packages are offered.
Course open year-round, weather permitting. Pro Shop: 1-800-295-1878.
Enjoy the beauty surrounding Lake Barkley on one of three self-guiding trails, providing 9 miles of nature study. Seven miles are open for mountain biking.
Riding stables are open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
$18.00/per person. Call 270-985-5876 to make reservations.
Located at the Fitness Center for lodge & cottage guests.
A swimming pool fronting the lodge between the lake and the lodge is for the exclusive seasonal use of lodge and cottage guests.
For information regarding the indoor wellness pool at the Fitness Center, please see heading “Fitness”.
The public beach, open seasonally, offers a volleyball court, bathhouse, and hours of swimming fun in the waters of Lake Barkley. The beach will be closed for the season beginning the Tuesday following Labor Day.
Enjoy a tennis match on one of two lighted courts near the lodge.
Test your marksmanship at Lake Barkley’s trap range. Cost is $20.00 per person*, per round of 25 shots. 12-gauge shotguns and clays are included. The charge for clays only is $10.00* per round of 25, but participants must provide own shotgun and stainless steel ammunition. Supervised trapshooting is seasonal and weather permitting.
*Price per person for private groups of less than 8 people is $25.00; $15.00 per person for clays only.
Regular Hours of Operation
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday - 9:30 am (times subject to change) Memorial Day - Labor Day.
Private shoot can be arranged for other days and times by contacting Lake Barkley Recreation at 270-924-1135, ext. 196. To ensure availability, it is highly recommended that groups reserve the range at least two weeks in advance. Deposit required to secure reservation. Cancellation charge may apply.
Sand courts are located at the public beach.
Classes offered at the Fitness Center. Call for times.