The Kentucky Lake Area is a great family recreation area offering not only water activities, but also many other points of interest for individuals of all ages.
Kentucky Lake is one of the largest man-made lakes in the eastern United States. Lake Barkley is located nearby. The between the two lakes is known as the Land Between the Lakes.
Kentucky Lake is 184 miles (296 km) long and has more than 2,300 miles (3,700 km) of shoreline. It is located primarily in Marshall, Calloway, Livingston, Lyon and Trigg counties in Western Kentucky but does dip slightly into Tennessee. It was created in 1944 when the Kentucky Dam was built on the Tennessee River. This dam is the largest in the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) system. Located near Gilbertsville, it regulates the flow from the Tennessee River into the Ohio River for navigation, hydropower, and flood control. Major recreation spots include Kenlake State Park and Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park. There are facilities for boating, and the lake is stocked with bass, catfish, bluegill, and crappie.
Lake Barkley, another huge TVA reservoir that has an approximately 1,000-mile (1,600-km) shoreline. It was created when Barkley Dam was built on the Cumberland River.
The Land Between the Lakes is the inland peninsula of about 265 square miles (690 square km) between the two lakes. It has become known as is a major recreation and conservation area and the site of an environmental-education center.
The combined areas offer beautiful surroundings and recreational water activities. The communities around the lake offer many wonderful dining opportunities. As well, there are numerous antique shops, flea markets and retail establishments along the lakes. Additional family fun activities like go-karts, water parks, historic sites and parks are available throughout the region.
There are over 70 miles of trails at Land Between the Lakes for horseback riding and over 200 miles of hiking trails, as well.