Despite rumors and misinformation, Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley are OPEN for fishing, boating and water recreation! It's a great place to come and relax with your family while social distancing. Our vast waters and shorelines have plenty of room for everyone to take some time and reconnect with nature.
There are some impacts and closures of attractions and activities in our area, mostly within Land Between The Lakes, but there are plenty of things to do and places to go to escape and get away.
Updated May 25, 2020 - 3:00 p.m.
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Is Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley or Land Between The Lakes Closed?
- Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley are open for fishing, boating and water recreation.
- Some campgrounds and facilities are impacted in Land Between The Lakes. Details...
- The vast majority of resorts, marinas, rentals, and commercial campgrounds are open but some may have limited services. Details...
Impact on Kentucky Lake
- There are no COVID-related public lake access closures at Kentucky Lake, except in five closed campgrounds in LBL.
- Kentucky Dam's hike and bike path is now open as well as fishing access at the dam. Dam restrooms and the Visitor's Center will remain closed.
Impact on Lake Barkley
With Lake Barkley managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), some closures or delays of seasonal openings are in effect.
- Public access ramps on Lake Barkley are open.
- Canal Campground, Eureka, Hurricane Creek and Bumpus Mills campgrounds will reopen June 11.
- The full press release from USACE is here.
Impact on Land Between The Lakes
Some facilities in Land Between The Lakes are closed. This includes:
- Wranglers, Piney, Hillman Ferry and Energy Lake Campgrounds as well as Colson Hollow Group Camping Area
- Bobcat Point
- Hillman Heritage Trails
- Wrangler's Day Use
- The Elk & Bison Prairie (closed for culvert replacements)
- Camping at Turkey Bay OHV Area, but is open for riders.
- Woodlands Nature Station
- Homeplace 1850s Working Farm
- North & South Welcome Centers
- The Golden Pond Welcome Center and Planetarium
LBL camping permits can be purchased online here.
Land Between The Lakes encourages visitors to keep these points in mind:
- Avoid visiting the recreation area if you are sick and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
- Take your trash with you when you leave. Trash overflowing the receptacles becomes litter and can be harmful to wildlife.
- Please make arrangements to use the restroom before or after your visit to the recreation area. Unmanaged waste creates a health hazard for our employees and for other visitors.
- If an area is crowded, please search for a less occupied location. Also consider avoiding the recreation area during high-use periods.
For more information about LBL closures, call (270) 883-1559.
Lodging, Marina & Business Impacts
- Most, if not all fishing guides and charters are now operating and are booking trips.
- The vast majority of resorts, lodges, rentals, marinas and private campgrounds are now open. However, some services may be limited.
- Fort Donelson National Battlefield's lands, trails and roads are open. However, the Visitor Center, facilities and restrooms are closed.
- Kentucky State Parks are closed to overnight lodging, including campgrounds, until June 1.
- Tennessee State Parks are mostly open; however, public pools will remain closed in 2020.
Kentucky Lakes Area COVID-19 Cases
Henry County: 29 (17 of which have recovered)
Benton County: 7 (5 of which have recovered, 1 death)
Humphreys County: 13 (6 of which have recovered, 1 death)
Stewart County: 9 (3 of which have recovered)
Houston County: 7 (5 of which have recovered)
Tennessee Source: tn.gov/health
Other Sources: Local health departments, emergency management offices, local media, and official government internet sources.