Destination guide

Kentucky Lake will float your boat, maybe literally

As playgrounds go, they don't come much bigger and wilder than Kentucky Lake. Whether it's fishing, hunting, boating, hiking, biking, wildlife watching, culture, or country music festivals - whatever floats your boat, you'll find it on a Kentucky Lake vacation rental. One of the largest artificial lakes in the whole of the U.S., it's also home to the gargantuan Land Between the Lakes recreation area, which serves up hundreds of miles of shoreline and hiking trails, along with an open-air museum, a wildlife station, and a planetarium. It's even got its very own bison and elk reserve. How about that?

Things to do

Life on land is just as grand

The Land Between the Lakes is a behemoth of a recreation area, and one of the most popular attractions in the state, with hiking, biking, scenic drives, a hands-on nature station, a living history museum, and even a planetarium to keep the whole family out of trouble. When you've had your fill of nature, the supercool lake city of Grand Rivers is close by, and the whole area is stacked with events and festivals all year round. Of course, this is the South, so if good music and even better food are your bag then you're in for a treat.


On the hunt for an adventure?

With a Kentucky Lake vacation rental, it's difficult to know where to start. Obviously you're going to want to get out on the water, whether you're taking it easy on a lake cruise, or ramping up the pace with some skiing or tubing. You'll need to keep those rods and reels handy if you're going to haul out some of the biggest fish in the state, while hunters can take a bead on quarry including deer, turkey, and waterfowl. Take it back to basics with near endless hiking trails, or tee off at one of the many golf courses.


Pick a season, any season

The best news of all? The fun you'll have on your Kentucky Lake vacation rental is of the year-round variety. That's not to say there isn't weather about. Summers are hot, with the occasional thunderstorm blowing through, while winters will see a decent amount of snow between November and March. But there are events, activities, and wildlife experiences to suit each season. Fall and winter tend to draw a lot of hunters, while spring sees the fishermen taking to the water in search of their very own Moby Dick of the deep.

Natural features

Ever get the feeling they like to do things big round here?

Straight up, the sunrises round this part of the world are to die for. Kentucky Lake is one of the most massive man-made reservoirs in the U.S., and its creation, together with that of neighboring Lake Barkley, formed the inland peninsula known as the Land Between the Lakes. And the wildlife flocks there almost as enthusiastically as the people. Not only will you catch sight of waterfowl, wild turkeys, and eagles that feed on the fish in the lake, but you can also seek out imported big-hitters like elk and bison on a specially created reservation.

Where to stay around Kentucky Lake?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 293 vacation rentals near Kentucky Lake. From 62 Cabins to 190 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Kentucky Lake for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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

  • Tennessee: 13,296 vacation rentals
  • KY: 1,937 vacation rentals
  • Illinois: 2,698 vacation rentals
  • Lake Barkley: 279 vacation rentals
  • Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area: 259 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Kentucky Lake! 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 Kentucky Lake?

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 Kentucky Lake:

  • Cadiz: 109 rentals
  • Paducah: 41 rentals
  • Jackson: 16 rentals
  • Benton: 128 rentals
  • Murray: 113 rentals

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

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

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

  • Loretta Lynn's Ranch: 29 rentals
  • Lake Barkley State Resort Park: 195 rentals
  • Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park: 28 rentals
  • Paducah Riverwalk: 41 rentals
  • Eiffel Tower: 44 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Kentucky Lake 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.

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