The Original Kentucky Lake & Lake Barkley Site Since 1996



Home of Kentucky Lake & Lake Barkley, the area has been an attractive place to retire for decades. However, the publicity associated with being selected as one of the top retirement areas in a national publication several years ago put the area in the spotlight. The 1995 edition of Retirement Places rated the Kentucky Lake area, 61st on the list of 183 areas in the nation. Communities move up and down the list as new editions are published. No major changes have occurred since the area acquired this ranking. Therefore, the Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley region remains an attractive area to retire for people who enjoy the outdoors, a four season climate and a location within a day’s drive of 70% of the United States population. Also, Kentucky only taxes your pension and retirement income from all sources on any amount greater than $39,400 per year per person.


Kentucky Lake is one of the world’s largest man-made lakes formed more than 40 years ago by damming the Tennessee River. The surrounding country is gently rolling and heavily forested with oak, hickory, walnut, maple, elm ash, and sweet chestnut trees, with lower layers of small trees and shrubs.


Hot continental, with moderately cold winters and warm, humid summers. Precipitation is ample and well distributed throughout the year. Most days, even those in the winter, are suitable for outdoor activity. Spring and Fall are the most comfortable seasons. Fall, the sunniest season is typically remarkably free from storms or cold.Kentucky Lake scored just below Fort Meyers, Florida, Cape Coral, Florida, and above Winchester, Virginia in the climate category.


This important criteria ranked the Kentucky Lake area number 4 in the realistic home values category. With average home costing $65,500 and $116,000 in the upper 10%.Alternative Housing in the area - 18% Mobile Homes, 3% Apartments.


The area ranked 29th for services which includes continuing education, office-based physicians, public libraries, public transportation and short-term general hospitals. Considering the completion from larger communities, this is an impressive ranking.

Outdoor Assets:

Kentucky Lake and Barkley Lake are magnets for warm water anglers throughout the Midwest. Combined they are the second largest manmade water systems in America, and their 3,500 miles of shoreline provide countless coves, bays, finders and hideaways for bass. Largemouth and spotted (Kentucky bass are plentiful, and smallmouth bass have become especially prominent in recent as well as crappie.

State Recreation Areas:

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park (1,351 acres)
Kenlake State Resort Park (1,795 acres)

National Recreation Area:

Land Between the Lakes (170,000 acres)

Other amenities:

There are also plenty of golf courses, movie theatres, bowling alleys, art centers, mall shopping, antique shopping within a 25 mile radius of Kentucky Lake.

When you consider everything we have to offer, we think you will agree that the Lakes Region has it all!