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Lake Barkley Things To Do


Weather Conditions

Biking
Seven miles of trails are open for mountain biking.

Birding
Over 200 avian species can be observed or heard in the park, including an abundance of warbler species including: Prothonotary, Kentucky, Blue-winged, and Worm-eating warblers, Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Wild Turkeys, vultures, Pileated Woodpeckers, Red-Headed Woodpeckers, Wood Thrushes, orioles, tanagers, hawks, owls, Belted Kingfishers, swallows, a wide variety of waterfowl, and many, many others. 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. Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Mergansers, Loons, Grebes, and coots are just a few of the winter visitors. In the spring and summer these birds head north and are replaced by Snowy Egrets, Cattle Egrets, Black-crowned Night-herons, Great Egrets, and other fish eating birds.

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.

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. Closed Nov 1 - Mar 31.

Eagle Watching
Check our events calendar for Winter Eagle Watching dates.

Fishing
Enjoy hours of fishing pleasure at Lake Barkley. Anglers cast for largemouth, white, and Kentucky bass, bluegill, channel catfish and crappie.

A Kentucky Fishing License is required. Click here to purchase a license online at KY Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

Don't have a fishing pole? No problem! Ask at the park about their fishing loaner program where you can check out FREE equipment.

Fitness
Pamper yourself year-round at the Lake Barkley Fitness Center. This indoor facility is equipped with nautilus machines, fitness cycles, Olympic free-weight room, leverage equipment, aerobic classes, glass racquet ball court, sauna, wet-steam room, whirlpool, heated indoor wellness pool and locker rooms. Fitness Center Fee: $2.00 per person, per day.

Individual daily memberships may be purchased by those staying at nearby resorts. These daily fees are discounted for Lake Barkley Resort campground and marina guests.

Open year-round. Fee charged. Age restrictions apply.

Game Room
Entertain yourself and impress your friends. Video games, pool and ping pong tables, checker tables, and a room full of smiles await you in the Lodge’s lower lobby. Operating hours: Sunday – Thursday, 9am – 10pm; Friday – Saturday, 9am – 11pm.

Gift Shop
Our gift shop is lavishly decorated with something for everyone. The Kentucky crafts people represented range from the finest potters to the most intricate woodworkers. Many souvenirs depicting the local wildlife, such as deer, horses, raccoons, frogs and hummingbirds are available. Choose from a wide variety of t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, magnets, and postcards.

Golf
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. Pro Shop: 1-800-295-1878.

Hiking
Enjoy the beauty surrounding Lake Barkley on one of three self-guiding trails, providing 9 miles of nature study. Seven miles are open for mountain biking.

Racquetball
Located at the Fitness Center for lodge & cottage guests.

Swimming
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. The beach and outdoor pool will be closed for the season beginning the Tuesday following Labor Day (Sept. 2)

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

Trap Shooting
Test your marksmanship at Lake Barkley’s trap range. The lighted range provides 12-gauge shot guns. $20.00 per round including shotguns and clays. The charge for clays only is $10.00 per round of 25. Supervised trapshooting is seasonal - Memorial Day through Labor Day, weather permitting.

Hours of Operation
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday - 9:00 am (times subject to change)

The range will remain open for at least one hour. Private shoot can be arranged at other times by contacting Lake Barkley Recreation at least two weeks prior to arrival.

Volleyball
Sand courts at the public beach.

Water Aerobics
Classes offered at the Fitness Center. Call for times.

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