Barren River Lake, Kentucky, United States

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Barren River Lake, Kentucky, United States

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Escape to rural Kentucky

Surrounded by rolling hills and woodlands, Barren River Lake is a lush slice of rural Kentucky. The lake covers an impressive 10,000-acre footprint, which means there are endless opportunities to fish, boat and explore the shoreline. Thanks to its picturesque setting, Barren River Lake is a magical destination for an amorous weekend away. Barren River Lake vacation rentals set the scene for romance, with lakeside cottages complete with private docks, sunny decks and plenty of privacy.

Cast a line in Barren River Lake

When it comes to fishing, Barren River Lake is one of Kentucky's most rewarding destinations. Throughout the year it's brimming with bass, bass, bass, walleye, crappie and catfish. Don't forget to pick up a Kentucky Fishing License before you cast a line. The 18-hole Barren River Lake Golf Course will keep golfers entertained, while horseback rides through the forest are always a hit with the little ones. At the park HQ you'll also find a handful of basketball, tennis and volleyball courts, with equipment rentals available at the recreation office.

Descend into Mammoth Cave National Park

With everything from cafes and restaurants to tennis courts and a sandy swimming beach, Barren River Lake State Resort Park always buzzes with activity. Want to stay close to the action? While the park offers cottages and camping, Barren River Lake vacation rentals don't compromise on comfort. Venture further afield and you can visit Kentucky's famous cave district. Don't miss the chance to descend into Mammoth Cave National Park, the longest cave system in the world. For rev heads, the National Corvette Museum is a must. It showcases over 80 gleaming muscle cars, including vintage classics, rare prototypes and ultra-modern editions.

Summer days in Kentucky

Barren River Lake is at its best in the summer, when Kentucky is drenched in sunshine. From fishing and boating to swimming and kayaking, the warm weather is ideal for enjoying the lake. Fall is also a beautiful time to visit, with mild weather and fiery foliage. Thanks to its year-round appeal, Barren River Lake is a popular destination for bachelor weekends, family reunions, weddings and other special events. With some properties sleeping up to 18 people, Barren River Lake vacation rentals are big enough to house your whole crew. You'll enjoy spacious living areas, rustic decor and the occasional mounted deer head trophy.

A winter sanctuary for bald eagles

While it looks entirely natural, Barren River Lake was created by theÊU.S. Army Corps of EngineersÊin the 1960s. Today, the lake is one of Kentucky's most coveted summer destinations. Barren River Lake offers year-round birding opportunities, with the chance to spot neotropical migrating species like flycatchers, thrushes and warblers. If bald eagles are on your wish list, visit from October to March, when the majestic birds flock to spend the winter in Barren River Lake.