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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
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 DoTake a pontoon ride or fish the lake.Hike two scenic trails.RV or primitive camp around the lake.Make golf reservations on-site.Visit the Boston Steele Log…
Northern Kentucky River Region
Northern Kentucky River Region
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 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 Do1. Camp at our beautiful campground in one of 32 full service RV sites and 10 walk-in sites.2. Enjoy the lakeview picnic shelters and recreation areas.3.…
Kentucky Appalachians
Kentucky Appalachians
Top Five Things To Do1. Spot a Bald Eagle along the Lake Ridge Nature Trail.2. Rent a pontoon boat and explore the beautiful 5,000 acre Rough River Lake.3. Explore the 3.8 km…
Bourbon, Horses & History
Bourbon, Horses & History