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Description - The rolling, forested hills of rural South Central Kentucky offers an extraordinary setting for those who venture to Barren River Lake. A wide range of recreational opportunities awaits all visitors to the 20,000 plus acres of federal and state land and water. Whether here for a day, a weekend or for several weeks, enjoy a safe, healthful and exciting vacation on or near the water. Barren River Lake is the site for the 2001 International (Scottish) Highland Games (the Glasgow Highland Games are held annually at the State Resort Park). The Lake area has many federally protected Native American village and burial sites. The river was the historic route for westward traveling pioneers. They would travel down the Barren River to a trading post at present-day Bowling Green, Kentucky, where their journey would proceed by land.

Attractions - Boat ramps are conveniently located in each recreation area and there are also three full service marinas to satisy needs. There are eight boat ramps on the lake and one located below the dam on Barren River. Numerous federal and state operated campgrounds provide a wide range of opportunities at various locations around the lake. Barren River Lake State Resort Park provides lodging, 18-hole golf course, restaurant, tennis courts, horseback riding, hiking trails, recreational programs and a swimming pool.

Recreation - This lake offers a wide range of facilities and services for boating, camping, picnicking, hiking, bike riding, sight-seeing, fishing, hunting and just plain relaxing. Fishing opportunities abound at Barren River Lake. Hybrid bass (stocked regularly by State of Kentucky), striped bass, largemouth bass, all types of catfish, crappie, brim and many others are harvested. Boat ramps are conveniently located at all recreation areas and include Peninsula, Barren River Lake State Resort Park, The Narrows, Beaver Creek, Baileys Point, Walnut Creek, Austin and Browns Ford.

Climate - This state experiences a temperate climate with nearly 50 inches of rainfall annually. Thirteen inches of snow is an annual average in Kentucky. There are four distinct seasons here with summer temperatures reaching 90 degrees F frequently in July and August. Low summer temperatures dip near 70 degrees F at night. Winter high temperatures often reach 45 degrees with lows dipping below freezing. Spring and fall are particularly pleasant seasons in which to visit Kentucky. Fall months are the driest. The humidity levels in the state average near 54 degrees throughout the year. The humidity during the winter months averages somewhat higher.

Location - The lake is situated in the rural, rolling hills of Allen, Barren and Monroe counties in South Central Kentucky, 95 miles southwest of Louisville and 90 miles northeast of Nashville. From Louisville, 95 miles south on I-65 to Cave City, 10 miles south on KY 90 to Glasgow, 5 miles south on US 31 to KY 252, 9 miles south to dam.

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Filed By: a Buttman
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: If you're going to Barren, go to Baileys point. Shaded campground; crystal clear lake.

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Barren River Lake, 11088 FINNEY RD , GLASGOW, KY, 42141-9642, Phone: 502-646-2055

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