Barren River Lake State Resort Park

Park Activities

  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Geocaching
  • Golf Course
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Orienteering
  • Paddling
  • Playgrounds
  • Volleyball
Barren River Lake State Resort Park
1149 State Park Road
Lucas, KY 42156
Lucas, KY
Caves, Lakes & Corvettes


Top Five Things to Do

  1. Boat or fish for catfish, bluegill, bass and crappie on Barren River Lake
  2. Play the par 4 championship golf course
  3. Relax on the Sunset Beach Cove (seasonal)
  4. Sample Kentucky Bourbons at the Highlands Pub Bar (seasonal)
  5. Hike Peter's Creek Trail

ALERT: Barren River Lake State Resort lodge rooms are closed for construction projects. There will be a limited number of lodge rooms available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights starting Thursday, October 8, 2020. The cottages, campground, marina, golf course and trails remain open.

Welcome to Barren River Lake State Resort Park - home to lush green rolling hills, a boastful 10,000 acre lake and some of the most spectacular wildlife in southern Kentucky. Whether you are out for a short day trip, quick overnight stay, or a week-long family vacation, Barren River Lake State Resort Park has something for everyone.

CLICK HERE for seasonal hours.

The nostalgic Louie B. Nunn Lodge features many different amenities for our park guests, including five spacious indoor meeting rooms. You’ll enjoy wonderful southern cooking in our Driftwood Restaurant. Visit the Recreation hall to see live reptiles, read storybooks, and discover Kentucky wildlife.

Embrace nature with plentiful outdoor activities. Golf at our pristine 18-hole course, enjoy an invigorating hike through the woods and down by the lake, or find peace and quiet on a relaxing canoe or pontoon ride. Feel free to access the boat ramp at the campground or the marina with your own boats. Get your steps in along the short unpaved trails and the two and a half mile paved trail. Take a day trip less than 35 miles to Mammoth Cave National Park or the Corvette Museum.

Need to spend the night away from it all while experiencing all the park has to offer? Stay in one of our 51 room lodge overlooking the majestic lake. All rooms have balconies with chairs and a small table. Enjoy wi-fi access in the comfort of the lodges, rooms, cottages and villas. Each of the cottages and villas offer a more private, family friendly stay opportunity including kitchen, separate bedrooms, outdoor grills and balconies. Vacation closer to nature by staying in one of the 99 campsites available. The campground has two bath houses with laundry areas.

We are located in Lucas, Ky., just off highway 31-E between Nashville and Louisville. Make plans now!

Lodging & Camping

Surrounded by rolling, tree-covered hills, you can enjoy a good night’s rest by staying in our 51 room lodge overlooking the majestic lake. All of our rooms have lake facing balconies with chairs and a small table. Relax with wi-fi access in the comfort of your lodge room, or access the list of HD channels. If you’re interested in more peace and tranquility, take advantage of the 22, two bedroom, two bath cabins offered at Barren River Lake. Each cabin has 4 beds, full kitchen, dining room, living room, picnic table and grill. Ask to upgrade and experience the luxury of our Villas which add more space, screened in back porch and a gas fireplace. Open year-round. Rooms are available by late afternoon. Lodge room check-out by 11 a.m. local time. We are now pet friendly. No more than two pets are allowed per room/cottage. High speed wireless internet service available at the lodge.

Let the sounds of the outdoors lull you to sleep in the 99-site campground. Utility hookups are available, some with sewer hookups and wooden decks. For your convenience, a dump station and two central service buildings with showers and rest rooms are offered. Closed Nov 1 - Mar 31. Pets are allowed if restrained. Electric service at all sites (100V/30A). Coin laundry facilities available. Please call for rates: 1-888-4KY-PARK.

Meetings and Events
Located just south east of Bowling Green, this beautiful property overlooks a 10,000-acre man made lake and rolling hills. Event, meeting, and private party spaces are a great way to connect with nature while working or playing. For information about hosting weddings and groups click here.

Driftwood Restaurant
Offers a select menu for dine-in and carry-out service. Our famous hot brown, fried catfish, juicy burgers, fresh salads and desserts are features of our menu. Picnic Packs are also available!
Lodge and dining open on Thursday with Sunday checkouts!
(Beginning Oct. 22, 2020 To-Go orders only!)
Thursday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
(Closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)

Highlands Pub
Closed until further notice.

(COVID-19 capacity and social distance guidelines apply inside restaurant and pub.)

Things to Do

A lighted basketball court located by the lodge is a great place to shoot some hoops with an amazing lake overlook just outside the court. A half-court is also available in the campground during camping season. Overnight guests may check out sports equipment at the recreation office in the lodge.

Bike & Hiking Trail: two-and-one half mile loop, paved, begins at golf course entrance near lodge, restrooms available near Highland Field.

Barren River State Resort Park offers year-round birding opportunities with the best occurring fall through spring. Neotropical migrants such as flycatchers, thrushes and warblers are common in the fall and spring and waterbird migration occurs from late summer through spring. The best period for observing Bald Eagles is October through March when they are regularly seen at the park, and Sandhill Cranes are often seen November through February.

Barren River has boat launches available for the public in the campground and a boat launch with a courtesy dock next to the marina. The marina at the state dock has 100 open slips, 40 covered slips, a launching ramp, and boat rentals available. Marina telephone: 270-646-2357. Website:

Barren River Lake also is unsurpassed for fishing pleasure. With an abundance of hybrid bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, crappie, and catfish, you are sure to get a bite! A Kentucky Fishing License is required. Click here to purchase a license online at KY Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Don't have fishing equipment? No problem! Ask at the park front desk or recreation office about their fishing loaner program where you can check out FREE equipment.

Gift Shop
For mementos of your visit, browse The Barren Collection gift shop. The shop carries an array of local and Kentucky made crafts and souvenirs, including items for the entire family. Our favorites include Kentucky Proud Products. Open daily.

Enjoy a "par"fect day on the 18-hole, regulation golf course. A fully equipped pro shop, riding carts, and rental clubs are available. 18-hole Golf packages are available. Course open year-round, weather permitting. Pro Shop Number: 1-800-295-1876.

Four self-guided trails on park. Connell Nature Trail begins at the Villa Entrance and passes next to a stream and through the wooded hills. Peters Creek Trail Loop starts from the Bike Trail near the highland field and loops through the woods, then along the lake edge. The paved Bicycle and Hiking Trail is a two-and-one half mile loop, that begins near the lodge playground, reaches the highland field, and passes through the golf course and woods. Campers Cove is a quarter mile out and back path which travels down to the lake edge along paths that were once used for primitive camping, open during camping season only.

Orienteering is a sport in woods navigation where a person uses a map and compass to complete a course. It can be done by yourself or with your family. It is a great way to spend part of the day discovering new parts of the park! Barren River Lake State Resort Park offers a two permanent orienteering courses. A beginners’ course covering 1.6 km featuring 9 controls (check points) and an intermediate course covering 3.9 km featuring 16 controls, both in a wooded setting.

Enjoy an afternoon outdoors with family and friends at one of the 2 uncovered picnic areas or rent one of the seven onsite picnic shelters for a family party. Depending on location, shelters may have access to nearby restrooms, playgrounds, and sports fields. For rental information CLICK HERE.

There are three playgrounds open year-round on park where kids can run and have fun. There are also 2 seasonal playgrounds available at the campground and beach.

A shuffleboard court is located near the lodge. Overnight guests may check out equipment at the front desk or recreation office.