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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. There will be a limited number of lodge rooms available on Thursday,…
Caves, Lakes & Corvettes
Caves, Lakes & Corvettes
Top Five Things to Do1. Enjoy all you can eat menus to go or in the restaurant. 2. Enjoy mini golf as a family.3. Bring your canoe to the Licking River. 4. Hike historic trails of…
Bluegrass, Horses, Bourbon & Boone Region
Bluegrass, Horses, Bourbon & Boone Region
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
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 Stroll the original fort site of Daniel Boone and settlers.Shop for handmade pioneer items in the gift shop. Enjoy our wildly popular RV and tent…
Bluegrass, Horses, Bourbon & Boone Region
Bluegrass, Horses, Bourbon & Boone Region
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…
Kentucky's Southern Shorelines
Kentucky's Southern Shorelines
Top Five Things To Do1. Kayak to Grotto Falls.2. Hike the Beach 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
Open all year. Reservations can be made April 1 - Nov 12. November 13 - December 31 and March 15 - 31; walk-in only, first come first served. Pick a captain and choose…
Kentucky's Southern Shorelines
Kentucky's Southern Shorelines
Top Five Things to DoThe 36-room fieldstone lodge at this resort is named in honor of Jesse Hilton Stuart (1906-1984), Poet Laureate and native of Greenup County. Peruse Stuart’s…
Kentucky Appalachians
Kentucky Appalachians