So what makes Lake Barkley the best boating lake in Kentucky? It could be the fact that the lake is 118 miles long. And it’s surrounded by more than 1,000 miles of shoreline with plenty of sandy beaches along the way. Or it might be easy access to launch sites, including boat ramps and marinas where you can set sail in your own craft or rent one for the day… or the weekend.
It could even be that Lake Barkley is the eastern border of Land Between the Lakes (LBL), a national recreation area with countless opportunities for adventure and exploration. We’re not sure what you’ll love most about the lake readers of Kentucky Living magazine voted the Best Boating Lake in Kentucky. But we’re pretty sure you’ll find some reasons of your own.
Boating and Swimming on Lake Barkley
It’s a classic summertime escape – boating and swimming on Lake Barkley. Stake your claim near a pavilion and grill for an old-fashioned cookout. If you long to dive a little deeper and go swimming, most of our Lake Barkley beaches are free, with plenty of sand to build castles with the kids. Or go boating, on your own or in a rental pontoon from one of our marinas. Experience summer the way it was meant to be by boating and swimming on Lake Barkley.