Destination guide

Made by man and made for you – plan for fun on Lake Barkley

Lake Barkley and its next-door neighbor, Kentucky Lake, are two of the biggest man-made lakes in the United States. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers created Lake Barkley with a dam that was completed in 1966, and since then, the area has been a top destination for travelers from Kentucky, Tennessee, and beyond. Fishing and water sports are the most popular activities for visitors, but landlubber activities abound, too. Camp, hunt, ride a horse. You can do it all with a Lake Barkley vacation rental as your home base.

Things to do

Exciting water rides and wondrous night skies

If you or someone you love is a waterslide junkie, look for a Barkley Lake vacation rental near Eddyville. You'll be in easy driving distance of Venture River Water Park, a family-friendly fun fest of slides, wave pools, and lazy rivers. Then hit the Land Between the Lakes Recreation Area for a night under the stars at Golden Pond Planetarium & Observatory. Educational programs feature presentations on celestial bodies visible from all over the world, along with a chance to spot something yourself at the observatory's stargazing parties.


Fun if by land, and more if by sea in Lake Barkley

Okay, it's not a sea, but Lake Barkley is big enough to accommodate all your water sporting needs. With 57 thousand surface acres of water available, it's a fishing enthusiast's dream, especially if you're after bass, catfish, and crappie. Marinas dot the lake and are ready to rent you a pontoon, jet ski, or kayak. The action on land is just as good, thanks to the Land Between the Lakes Recreation Area, located – you'll never guess – between the lakes. It's ideal for camping, hunting, and horseback riding.


From warm, sporting summers to quiet, winter snowscapes

Visitors flock to Lake Barkley in summer, when the weather is warm and humid and the water is fine. High temps in July and August can reach the low 90s. Winters are cold, with the possibility of snowfall any time between late November and early March. A Lake Barkley vacation rental in winter might be a brilliant way to take a trip without taking yourself to the cleaners. Prices will be lower, and the snowy scenery is gorgeous. Blizzard conditions are rare, but snowstorms can drop between 6 and 12 inches.

Natural features

It's a bird! It's an eagle! It's an elk!

You may consider birdwatching a peaceful pastime, but if you train your binoculars skyward near Barkley Lake, you're bound to find something a little more thrilling. Expect loons, kingfishers, and snowy egrets, and if you're lucky, eagles and American white pelicans. If four-legged friends are more your thing, head to the Elk and Bison Prairie in the Land Between the Lakes Recreation Area. Visitors can spot cuddly bison calves in spring and majestic grazing elk in winter. Just make sure you and any kids in tow keep a safe distance from these mighty beasts.

Can I find a vacation rental around Lake Barkley?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 280 vacation rentals near Lake Barkley. From 59 Cabins to 183 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lake Barkley for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Lake Barkley?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Barkley. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Tennessee: 13,821 vacation rentals
  • Illinois: 2,868 vacation rentals
  • Kentucky Lake: 297 vacation rentals
  • Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area: 258 vacation rentals
  • Cadiz: 106 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Lake Barkley! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Lake Barkley?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Barkley:

  • Cadiz: 106 rentals
  • Clarksville: 62 rentals
  • Paducah: 40 rentals
  • Benton: 131 rentals
  • Murray: 115 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Lake Barkley?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Lake Barkley are:

  • Murray, KY (CEY-Murray Calloway County): 90 vacation rentals
  • Paris, TN (PHT-Henry County): 33 vacation rentals
  • Clarksville-Montgomery County Regional Airport (CKV): 51 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Lake Barkley?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Lake Barkley. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Lake Barkley State Resort Park: 194 rentals
  • Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park: 30 rentals
  • Fort Campbell: 50 rentals
  • Eiffel Tower: 44 rentals
  • Fort Donelson National Battlefield: 91 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lake Barkley listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.