And The Land Between The Lakes
Kentucky Lake is the largest man-made lake east of the Mississippi River. Though not in volume it is the largest in surface area, at 160,309 acres. There is 2300 miles of shoreline and enough attractions and recreation spots to keep the whole family happy on vacations.
Kentucky Lake draws fishermen from from all over the surrounding areas and further. Bluegill, black bass, redear, and crappie can be found in the lake, as well as blue, channel, and flathead catfish -- this provides some great fishing for serious fishers. Fishing tournaments are held throughout the year at Kentucky Lake, which is well known for the best crappie fishing in the United States.
Along the shoreline visitors will find boat docks, resorts, over ten parks, wildlife areas, group camping and clubs, and over 90 recreation areas. This allows for a lot of fun and recreation for all. Boating and fishing, as well as wildlife viewing, can be enjoyed year round. When one just wants a relaxing day in winter months, watching the eagles around the lake is a great pastime. Taking pictures of the eagles as they soar down to the water to catch fish, or when up high in their nests in the trees is a wonderful way to relax and just enjoy nature at its best.
Lake Barkley was created about twenty years after Kentucky Lake was completed. A free-flowing canal connects these two massive bodies of water. With the two lakes side by side, this gives vacationers plenty of room on over 210,000 acres of water for fishing, boating, water skiing, and other outdoor recreation.
As with Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley is a wonderful vacation spot for the entire family. With just about every type of outdoor recreation one can imagine, you will know for sure you are on vacation! With antique shops and loads of interesting attractions, plus a water park, no one will even have a chance to get bored.
Historic relics, marinas, public parks, wild life refuges and museums are close by. Bird watchers and photographers will find the Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake areas a paradise to enhance their hobby albums.
Between these two beautiful lakes lies 'Land Between The Lakes' (LBL), which is a 170,000 acre National Recreation Area. Within this area is the Elk and Bison Prairie, which is a habitat renewal of prairie lands lost to forest over 110 years ago. Once again, this restored prairie allow elk and bison to roam as they did in Daniel Boone's time -- and native plants now grow as they did over a century ago. Visitors can take a drive around a 3.5 mile road that loops around the area and learn more about this amazing prairie ecosystem. It is also a great place for hiking, biking, camping, and scenic views.
Visitors will also find 'The Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory' at LBL. Taking a night off to gaze at the stars, and meteor showers on a clear night can be a wonderful memory with a loved one. With no obstructions like tall buildings and no city lights to dim the sky, there is a serene and peaceful quality to star gazing on The Land Between The Lakes.
Do yourself and your family a favor and make this trip to Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, and The Land Between The Lakes a part of your life. Even if it is a one time destination spot in your life, it is well worth it and will never be forgotten.