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Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley are well known as a water lover's playgrounds. Our Lakes are large enough to accommodate all sizes and types of water and pleasure crafts. Common types of watercrafts that frequent the lake are personal watercrafts (PWC), deck boats, pontoons, runabouts, houseboats, speed and powerboats, ski boats, and fishing boats of all sizes and types. The 184 mile Kentucky Lake is bordered on the east by Land Between the Lakes, one of Kentucky’s most visited attractions. Inside this 170,000-acre play land you can live out any type of outdoor recreational activity imaginable. Hike, bike, hunt, fish, camp and relax inside this non-commercialized haven of nature’s preserved beauty. Kentucky Lake is the largest man-made body of water east of the Mississippi River and one of many of a chain of lakes in Kentucky and Tennessee constructed by the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Covering over 160,300 acres of land, there is room for everyone, Kentucky Lake was created upon the completion of Kentucky Dam, a 206-foot embankment built in 1944. Kentucky Dam's construction was part of a federal plan to control floods in the Ohio and Mississippi rivers and develop their tributaries. Located in the Western Kentucky, beautiful Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake are within a day's drive from most of Middle America, making these beautiful lakes a popular boating and watercraft destination.

For more information and details on these topics and many others that will help ensure yours, your passengers, the safety of others, and help keep you legal, contact the
Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources - 1 Game Road - Frankfort, Kentucky 40601 Or call 1-800-858-1549, or log onto fw.ky.gov


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