Kentucky Tourism
   

Boating

Boating is one of the most popular activities at Kentucky State Parks since so many of them sit along major lakes. Many parks have boat ramps and some lake-front State Resort Parks have full-service marinas that rent canoes, kayaks, fishing boats and pontoon boats and sell bait, fishing gear, ski equipment and groceries. The marinas also provide rental slips for boats. Many of these parks also offer a public campground or other form of lodging for guests who want to stay a night or two.

Browse the park list below to find state parks that fulfill your desire for marine recreation and plan an unforgettable vacation on the water. Always be sure to follow Kentucky boating laws during your visit.

Barren River Lake State Resort Park Lucas, KY

Barren River Lake State Resort Park is a water-lover's paradise surrounded by forested, rolling hills. It is located near Kentucky's famous cave area, including the longest cave system in the world. Lounge by the new sandy beach, take a dip in the cool water at the pool, hop on a horse, play tennis or go boating on the lake, however you define vacation fun, it's here at Barren River Lake State Resort Park. PHONE: 270-646-2151

Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park Carlisle, KY

Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park is a picture of rural serenity set above the banks of the Licking River in the rolling hills of northeastern Kentucky. Visit the museum, sit by the pool or bring the kids to the playground. Guests can walk the very grounds where 182 settlers, outnumbered and outgunned, fought for their lives in what is thought to be Kentucky's last battle of the Revolutionary War on August 19, 1782. PHONE: 859-289-5507

Breaks Interstate Park Breaks, KY

CALL: 276-865-4413 Breaks Interstate Park's accommodations range from woodland cottages to campsites, from lakefront log cabins to lodge rooms with breath-taking views.

Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park Buckhorn, KY

Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, is the perfect combination of charm and seclusion. Every view is a front-row seat to each changing season. Relax at the public beach, complete with a bathhouse complex. Lodge swimming pool available for lodge & cottage guests. From boating to miniature golf, fishing to hiking, Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park has you covered. PHONE: 606-398-7510

Carr Creek State Park Sassafras, KY

Enjoy the shores of Carr Creek Lake, once home to some of the area's earliest pioneer settlements as early as the 1770s. Visitors to the park can relax amid a chorus of nature in the campground or frolic under the sun at the longest sand beach in the Kentucky State Park system. PHONE: 606-642-4050

Columbus-Belmont State Park Columbus, KY

Columbus-Belmont State Park is a National Scenic Byway & National Trail of Tears Site. It is also part of the Civil War Heritage Trail. Today, you can still see the massive chain and anchor used by the South to block passage of Union gunboats and the earthen trenches dug to protect over 19,000 Confederate troops. The farmhouse that served as a Civil War hospital is now a museum. PHONE: 270-677-2327

Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park Burkesville, KY

Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park offers a vast, unspoiled wilderness to refresh and rejuvenate the senses. It's no surprise the bald eagle chooses this area for its wintering grounds. From a dip in the pool to our 18 holes on the Dale Hollow Lake golf course, for vacation fun, we've got you covered. PHONE: 270-433-7431

Fort Boonesborough State Park Richmond, KY

When Daniel Boone & his men reached the Kentucky River, they quickly moved to establish Kentucky's second settlement - the site still known as Fort Boonesborough. Fort Boonesborough has been reconstructed as a working fort complete with cabins, block houses and furnishings. PHONE: 859-527-3131

General Burnside Island State Park Burnside, KY

The damming of the Cumberland River in the 1950s, producing Lake Cumberland, also covered the lower peninsula of Burnside, creating the island that is now General Burnside Island State Park. It has the distinction of being the only island park in the Kentucky State Park system. The park was named for the sideburn-whiskered Civil War general Ambrose Burnside. PHONE: 606-561-4104

General Butler State Resort Park Carrollton, KY

Located along I-71 between Louisville and Cincinnati, the park is a fitting tribute to one of Kentucky's foremost military families. Named for General William Orlando Butler, the military family spans from colonial time through the American Revolution, War of 1812, Mexican War and Civil War. A stone overlook was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930s so guests can enjoy the same river scenes the Butlers viewed in times past. A lodge swimming pool is available for cottage & lodge guests, current Camper Swim Times 4:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. PHONE: 502-732-4384

Grayson Lake State Park Olive Hill, KY

CALL: 606-474-9727 Sheer sandstone canyons and gentle slopes are a featured quality of the 1,512 acres of Grayson Lake State Park. The park's site was a favorite camping area for former occupants: the Shawnee and Cherokee Native Americans. For an excellent adventure we recommend the hiking trails, which offer several species of ferns, mosses, and lichens, the flowering rhododendron, "lizard head rock," and the unusual combination of beech-hemlock trees. Click here for ...

Green River Lake State Park Campbellsville, KY

Enjoy lake side fun at the campground on the shores of the 8,200-acre lake at Green River Lake State Park.If you're a fan of water sports , you're sure to find something to fit the bill, with a sand beach along the lake's edge and a nearby marina offering rental houseboats, ski boats, jet skis and pontoon boats. PHONE: 270-465-8255

Greenbo Lake State Resort Park Greenup, KY

Greenbo Lake State Resort Park is located in eastern Kentucky. Park amenities include lodge, restaurant, swimming pool, campground, equestrian campground, hiking trails, biking trials, horseback riding trails, fishing, scuba diving area and more. PHONE: 606-473-7324

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park Prestonsburg, KY

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park is great for a getaway or meeting – check out the Music Highway Grill restaurant, theater and more.

John James Audubon State Park Henderson, KY

Located in Henderson, the John James Audubon State Park was recognized in Kentucky Living magazine’s 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards! Museum: 1st Place; Outdoor Recreation Spot: 2nd Place

Kenlake State Resort Park Hardin, KY

Kenlake State Resort Park is only minutes away from Land Between the Lakes, the US Forest Service's 170,000-acre nature lover's paradise and environmental education area. Located on the Midwest shore of Kentucky Lake, with the longest shoreline of any man-made lake in the eastern U.S., Kenlake is the perfect spot to enjoy the outdoors! A swimming pool behind the lodge is available for lodge & cottage guests seasonally. PHONE: (270) 474-2211

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park Calvert City, KY

With the largest marina in the park system, on the largest lake in the state, Kentucky Lake, Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park is the perfect haven for water sports enthusiasts! From a cool dip in the pool to a hike, from reeling in the big fish to hitting the little white ball, however you define vacation fun, it's here at Kentucky Dam Village. PHONE: (270) 362-4271

Kincaid Lake State Park Falmouth, KY

A campground, a 183-acre lake, hiking trails, mini-golf and a 9-hole golf course are all the ingredients that make Kincaid Lake a popular retreat for campers, fishermen, boaters, golfers and families. Rent a boat at the marina and fish for largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, sunfish and crappie. PHONE: 859-654-3531

Lake Barkley State Resort Park Cadiz, KY

Lake Barkley State Resort Park rests on the shores of one of the world's largest man-made lakes, over 57,500 acres, and provides an array of outdoor and indoor activities. From a cool dip in the swimming pool to a hot sauna, from reeling in the big fish to hitting the little white ball, however you define vacation fun, it's here at Lake Barkley. PHONE: 270-924-1131

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park Jamestown, KY

With 1,200 miles of shoreline, an enchanting waterfall, and secret coves, you could spend a day or weeks exploring the wonders of Lake Cumberland. Lake Cumberland is a paradise for the water sports enthusiast and offers a full-service marina. PHONE: 270-343-3111

Lake Malone State Park Dunmor, KY

CALL: 270-657-2111 For a great Kentucky state parks vacation, take some time to discover the beautiful landscape of Lake Malone State Park while hiking the 1.5-mile Laurel Trail or the .25-mile Wildflower Trail. These easy-rated hiking trails near the lake provide picturesque views of many rock walls, once used as shelters by Native Americans. Click here for Camping Reservations!

Mineral Mound State Park Eddyville, KY

CALL: 270-388-3673 This peaceful setting, just south of Eddyville, Kentucky, on the shores of Lake Barkley is historically linked to the author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The featured property was once the farm of Willis B. Machen, grandfather of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald. It’s not hard to imagine the serene, Gatsby-style era from this park, with idyllic days of playing golf and cruising the lake.

Nolin Lake State Park Mammoth Cave, KY

Nolin Lake is popular with boaters and fishermen, mountain bikers and bird lovers. Birders travel here to view waterfowl species and the Brier Creek Mountain Bike trail is a favorite among local KYMBA members and visitors alike. Campers will enjoy the Nolin Lake Campground, which opened in May of 2001. PHONE: (270) 286-4240

Paintsville Lake State Park Staffordsville, KY

CALL: 606-297-8486 With steep cliffs and wooded coves along the shoreline, this state park lake in eastern Kentucky provides 1,140 acres for your boating, skiing and fishing pleasure. The park offers three great trail options. Hikers will love the 1.6-mile Kiwanis Trail. The Dawkins Line Rail Trail is open to hikers, bikers and horseback riders and stretches 18 miles from Johnson County to Magoffin County. Click here for Camping Reservations!

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park Dawson Springs, KY

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park is a picturesque retreat surrounded by more than 14,000 acres of the beautiful Pennyrile State Forest in western Kentucky. Named for the tiny Pennyroyal plant found in the area, the park is the perfect back-to-nature hideaway. Let the sights and sounds of the Pennyrile Forest refresh your senses while exploring your favorite outdoor activities. PHONE: 270-797-3421.

Rough River Dam State Resort Park Falls Of Rough, KY

Rough River Dam State Resort Park is secluded in the beautiful west central Kentucky countryside overlooking the 5,000 acre Rough River Lake. The avid angler will delight in the abundance of largemouth, white and KY bass, bluegill, channel catfish, crappie and rough fish. Come enjoy a day on the lake or travel the back roads in search of rural artisans and antiques at Rough River Dam State Resort Park. PHONE: 270-257-2311

Taylorsville Lake State Park Mt. Eden, KY

Taylorsville Lake State Park is a wrangler's and angler's dream come true! The park sits on 3,050 acre Taylorsville Lake, which was made from the Salt River in 1983. The 2,560-acres park encompasses some of the most beautiful riding country around, just 45 minutes southeast of Kentucky's largest city. PHONE: 502-477-8713 Campground Booth: 502-477-0086.

Yatesville Lake State Park Louisa, KY

CALL: 606-673-1492 Yatesville Lake provides plenty of room to skim the waves or catch some rays in your favorite cruisecraft—be it a houseboat, pontoon, speed boat or jet ski. The Yatesville Marina offers everything boaters and fishers need for lake fun. Relax in the scenic lakeside setting of Yatesville Lake's campground. Click here for Camping Reservations!