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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.

Boating Opportunities

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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…
Caves, Lakes & Corvettes
Caves, Lakes & Corvettes
Located in the Appalachian foothills of eastern Kentucky, just along the edge of the Daniel Boone National Forest, Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park appeals to nature-lovers or…
Daniel Boone Country
Daniel Boone Country
Carr Creek Lake was once home to some of the area's earliest pioneer settlements as early as the 1770s.Carr Fork, a tributary of the North Fork of the Kentucky River, is located…
Daniel Boone Country
Daniel Boone Country
ALERT: The beach is currently closed at Green River Lake State Park due to flooding from the heavy rain received September 12 & 14, 2020.Top Five Things To Do1. Hike, bike or…
Kentucky's Southern Shorelines
Kentucky's Southern Shorelines
Lodging & CampingThe nautical theme of the Village Inn Lodge lobby is reflected in a spacious, bow shaped design, polished metalwork and rich aquatic tones. Each of the 72 rooms at…
Western Waterlands
Western Waterlands
Lodging & CampingLooking for state park lodging near Land Between the Lakes? If you want to spend a night or a weekend at Lake Barkley, cabins and campgrounds aren’t your only…
Western Waterlands
Western Waterlands
Top Five Things to DoSwim, fish and picnic around the lake.Dock or fuel your boat from a slip at the dock.Camp and enjoy the beauty of nature.Hike the lake trails and view the…
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ
Top Five Things to DoMake the most of your trip to the Red River Gorge in Kentucky with Natural Bridge cabin rentals or delight in the mountainside beauty of Hemlock Lodge, one of…
Daniel Boone Country
Daniel Boone Country
Top Five Things to DoCamp or swim lakeside on the sandy beach.Hike the Waterfall Loop on Brier Creek Trail.Mountain Bike the regulation trail.Visit the nature center wildlife…
Caves, Lakes & Corvettes
Caves, Lakes & Corvettes
Top Five Things To Do1. Take the family to swim at our beautiful sandy beach.2. Hike the Lake Trail, Clifty Creek Trail, or Indian Bluff Trail.3. Explore the lake by canoe, kayak,…
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ