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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 Barren River Lake State Resort lodge rooms are closed for construction projects. The cottages, campground, marina, golf course and trails remain open. The…
Caves, Lakes & Corvettes
Caves, Lakes & Corvettes
Top Five Things to Do1. Rent a lakefront cabin.2. Mountain bike the 12 mile stack loop trail.3. Birders bring binoculars for the Virginia Wildlife Trail. 4. Rent a pedal boat,…
Kentucky Appalachians
Kentucky Appalachians
Top Five Things to Do1. Play 18 holes of golf on our Nationally Ranked Golf Course.2. Hike to Eagle Point Overlook.3. Dine in the Island View Restaurant and bar.4. Launch from the…
Kentucky's Southern Shorelines
Kentucky's Southern Shorelines
Top Five Things To Do Play the award winning “Best Public” golf course in Kentucky. Launch your own or rent a boat to explore Lake Cumberland. Overnight in the 75-acre campground.…
Kentucky's Southern Shorelines
Kentucky's Southern Shorelines
Top Five Things To Do1. Kayak to Grotto Falls.2. Hike the Beech Hemlock Trail to view sandstone rock formations.3. Play a round of golf on the 18-hole championship golf course.4.…
Kentucky Appalachians
Kentucky Appalachians
Top Five Things to DoExperience the secluded beauty of the 49-room May Lodge, which overlooks Dewey Lake, surrounded by towering pines and peaceful mountains. Rooms are available…
Kentucky Appalachians
Kentucky Appalachians
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 Do  Play 18 holes of championship golf. Launch from the boat ramp to fish or paddle. View osprey, deer, fox and albino skunks in the wildlife refuge. Stroll…
Western Waterlands
Western Waterlands
The 24-room rustic wood and stone lodge at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, sits serenely on a high cliff overlooking Pennyrile Lake near Dawson Springs. Open year-round. Rooms…
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ