Lake Barkley State Resort Park

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Lake Barkley State Resort Park


(270) 924-1131

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Things To Do


The park is nearby to several local attractions. In the quaint town of Cadiz, many antique shops line the downtown area. The U.S. Forest Service manages a 186,000 acre tract known as "Land Between the Lakes" which offer wildlife viewing, elk and bison prarie, living history farm, and a planetarium. After hanging out in the wild, relax at the Lake Barkley Fitness Center. This indoor facility is equipped with Olympic free-weight room, aerobic classes, racquet ball court, saunas and a heated indoor pool. Guests of nearby resorts to the park may purchase individual daily memberships to the center. A gift shop and game room are also available at the park. Other outdoor park activities include beach volleyball and seasonal supervised trap shooting.

Map of Lake Barkley State Resort Park (KY)

Latitude, Longitude: 36.832244, -87.918838



  • Boating

    With a 57,920-acre lake, Barkley is a year-round boating paradise. The marina is one-half mile from the lodge and offers 112 covered slips, 60 open slips, and a launching ramp.

    Rental fishing boats, pontoon boats, and ski boats are available. Open year-round. Fee for rentals. Marina: (270) 924-9954.

  • Bird Watching

    More than 200 bird species can be found within the park. A variety of warblers are popular here, in addition to bald eagles, ospreys, wild turkeys, vultures, woodpeckers, orioles, hawks, owls, swallows and more. The park currently has nearly 60 bluebird nest boxes, and most can be observed from the park's roads. In the fall and winter, large flocks (dozens---sometimes, hundreds) of American White Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorants can be observed from the lodge. Winter is also a great time to view ducks and waterfowl on the lake.

  • Bicycling

    Seven miles are open for mountain biking.

  • Camping

    Find delight in the outdoors in the campground. The campground has 78 sites with utility hookups, a dump station, and two central service buildings with showers and rest rooms. The campground is closed from November 1 to March 31.

  • Fishing

    Enjoy hours of fishing pleasure at Lake Barkley. Anglers cast for largemouth, white, and Kentucky bass, bluegill, channel catfish and crappie. Ask the park about the fishing loaner program to borrow free fishing equipment for the day.

  • Golfing

    Test your golfing skills on the 18-hole Boots Randolph Course. A pro shop, rental riding carts, pull carts, and golf clubs are available. Golf packages are offered. Course open year-round, weather permitting. Call the Pro Shop for more information at 1-800-295-1878.

  • Hiking

    Enjoy the beauty surrounding Lake Barkley on one of three self-guiding trails, providing 9 miles of nature study.

  • Horseback Riding

    Take a horseback guided 45-minute scenic ride through the woods of Lake Barkley State Park. Trail rides depart every hour, on the hour (except for the noontime lunch break) from 9 am to 4pm through Labor Day. Rides are $18.00 per person, with pony rides available for ages 6 and under.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is available at various points in the parks.

  • RVing

    The campground has 78 sites with utility hookups, a dump station, and two central service buildings with showers and rest rooms.

  • Tennis

    Enjoy a tennis match on one of two lighted courts near the lodge.

  • Water Sports

    A swimming pool fronting the lodge between the lake and the lodge is for the exclusive seasonal use of lodge and cottage guests. The public beach, open Memorial Day through Labor Day, offers a volleyball court, bathhouse, and hours of swimming fun in the waters of Lake Barkley.

    Water aerobics classes are offered at the Fitness Center. Please call for class schedule times.



The resort is 29 miles west of Hopkinsville. Take US 68W to KY 1489.

Phone Numbers


(270) 924-1131