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Barren River Lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages 20,108 acres for wildlife, fisheries, and recreation at Barren River Lake, which is situated between Louisville and Nashville in Allen and Barren counties in south-central Kentucky. The Corps created Barren River Lake with an earth and rock fill dam built across the Barren River. They constructed this lake project for flood damage reduction on that river. The lake covers 10,000 acres at summer pool and 20,150 acres at the maximum flood control pool.


If you want to fish for largemouth bass, white bass, and hybrid striped bass, bluegill, channel catfish, crappie, and rough fish, Barren River Lake has all these fish for you. Mark Wilson caught the largest hybrid striped bass in these waters in 1991 - a whopping 20 lb., 8 oz. beauty. You also can fish for rainbow trout at Peter Creek, which is less than ten miles from the state park. The Corps stocks this stream every month between April through September at Highways 921 and 3179 bridges.

Fishing License

The Commonwealth of Kentucky requires a fishing license. The license is vaild from March 1, and expires February 28, the following year. Fishing licenses are available from various outlets including online. For more information on fishing in Kentucky please visit Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.


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    Barren River Lake KY Coordinates:
36.5335N -86.730W
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Surface Area:
10,100 acres
Maximum Depth:
118 ft
553 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
4 ft
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You'll find 100 open slips, 40 covered slips, a launching ramp, rental boats, and Jet Ski rentals at the marina. In the widest part of the lake, there are two large islands, each about one square mile in size. The smaller island is located near the main boat ramp and camp-site. A third island is partly connected to adjacent shores, but -- depending upon water levels -- it sometimes is surrounded by water.

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Barren River State Park lodge with 51 rooms and offers full amenities. They offer a limited number of lodge rooms for pets. There are 22 two-bedroom cottages and 99 campground sites. Additional loding is avaialbe at Cooper's Cottage, Louie B Nunn Lodge, Reinecke's Lake Cottage. Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging in the area.


The closest major city is Bowling Green. Other nearby Kentucky cities; Glasgow, Austin, Lucas. The lake is located in Allen and Barren counties.

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