The Original Kentucky Lake & Lake Barkley Site Since 1996


Lake Barkley Facts

Lake Barkley

  • -Lake Barkley was impounded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1966.

  • -The water temperature average is 45 to 65 during winter months and 70 to 80 during the summer months.

  • -Lake Barkley is 134 miles long with a shoreline measuring 1,004 miles.

  • -The lake covers 57,900 acres at summer pool, elevation 359 mean sea level

  • -The Barkley lock was opened to navigation in July of 1964 and has clear chamber dimensions of 800’ x 110’ x 57’. The gravity fill and empty system, exchanges 37,500,000 gallons of water per lockage.

  • -The project was first identified as the Lower Cumberland Project, but was later redesignated as Barkley Lock and Dam and Lake Barkley in honor of the late Alben W. Barkley, the 35th vice president of the United States and late senator and a Paducah, Kentucky native.

  • - Each of Barkley’s four generators is capable of producing 32,500-kilowatt hours.

  • - Barkley Dam is 10,180ft Long, 157ft High

-One for the History Books - May 5th, 2010, Lake Barkley is officially CLOSED to recreational traffic for the first time in history by U.S. Coast Guard due to extreme flooding and rainfall in the lakes area (Kentucky Lake and Land Between the Lakes closed as well). The water levels rose 4ft in only 24hrs .

--HISTORICAL LEVELS: Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley surged after a week of torrential rains and severe weather to officially pass the records. On May 4, 2011 Lake Barkley reached it's crest and set the new record level for Lake Barkley is 372.5'. The previous record level for Lake Barkley was 370.04' which was set May 11, 1984.