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Lake Barkley & Kentucky Lake Attractions and Activities

The Kentucky Lake Barkley area offers a variety of attractions and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Whether you are seeking to reel in a monster bass or crappie, or just wanting to relax and enjoy nature, Kentucky Lake is what you have been searching for. With 160,000 surface acres and 2,300 miles of shoreline, Kentucky Lake is large enough to accommodate a variety of water activities. Lake Barkley & Kentucky Lake attractions and activities include fishing, boating, skiing, and wildlife viewing.

In addition to water and wildlife, Lake Barkley & Kentucky Lake attractions also include golfing, shopping, dining, antiques & crafts, hiking & biking, hunting, camping, attractions and much more. With so much to see and do, the Kentucky Lake area is a natural choice for your next vacation. Whatever season, whatever reason, the Lake area is the right choice for your next vacation.

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Lake Barkley & Kentucky Lake Attractions: What to do......
If you are the outdoors type, you might as well just move here if you want to experience it all!  The Kentucky Lake Region is a beautiful area with gorgeous scenery, a lot of history and miles of water for boating , fishing, canoeing and lazy days of just drifting on a tube in one of the largest man-made lakes in the U.S!  Of course, no trip here is complete without visiting Land Between the Lakes (aka, LBL) with its 300 miles of shoreline, 170,000 acres of forest and 200 miles of trails for biking, hiking, wildlife viewing, camping and OHV.  Then there is racing, train rides, water parks, horseback riding, camping and some great golf courses!

Looking to move indoors after too much fun in the sun on Kentucky Lake?  Grand Rivers is a great place to go!  Being a very unique, quaint river town, offering an abundance of events, festivals, museums, antiques, Quilts, shopping, art galleries, history, entertainment, nightlife and the famous Historic Riverfront and Floodwall Murals.  Don't miss out on a trip downtown and stroll along tree-lined streets and brick sidewalks past turn-of-the-century buildings filled with antiques & quilt shops, boutiques, coffee and specialty shops, one-of-a-kind restaurants and more.

Annual Events - (view full list here)
The Lake's area attractions have no limits when it comes to fun and festivities. From boating to fishing to festivals, anytime of the year is time for fun in Western Kentucky!

The first week-end in June will find bargain hunters galore roaming US Highway 68 during the 400 Mile Yard Sale. The four day event is an attraction that draws thousands of bargain hunters from across the country. Winding along the scenic route of US 68 from Aurora to Maysville you never know what kind of treasures and bargains you will find. The 400 Mile Sale is a great way to experience the quaint towns and friendly people of Kentucky.

Kenlake State Resort Park in Aurora, Kentucky is the destination for the area's hottest attraction; the Hot August Blues Festival. Held the last week-end in August the festival is one of the top summer events in the Lakes area. The two day festival features blues performers from around the world. Whether seated in the amphitheater or watching and listening lakeside from your boat the music will heat up your August week-end fun.

If hot and spicy is your style or you prefer thick and sweet, BBQ on the River in Paducah, Kentucky is where you’ll want to be. Held the last weekend in September there is live music, crafts, BBQ cook-offs, and tons of mouthwatering food.

The Annual Hunter’s Moon Festival in Grand Rivers, Kentucky has grown to become one of the largest fall festivals in the lakes area. The event includes activities for all ages. From beauty pageants to street dances, craft shows, Taste of the Lakes, and a parade filled with floats and bands, you won’t want to miss a moment of the three day event.

The city of Cadiz, Kentucky really hams it up during the second weekend in October for their Trigg County Country Ham Festival. There are free concerts, over 170 craft and activity booths including a petting zoo, and food booths with some of the best country ham in the world.

From big festivals to weekend celebrations to family activities, Western Kentucky will be a vacation spot to visit time and again!