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Glasgow, KY
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    11088 Finney Rd
    Glasgow, KY 42141-9642
    Phone: (270) 646-2055

NOTICE: Many states are discouraging or banning movement of firewood to control spread of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). Not bringing wood from home to your campsite and not taking unused wood you procure while camping home with you is recommended -- required in some states. Check the following website to learn more:

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See the Barren River Lake website for additional information. Primary recreational opportunities are listed below.

Directions & Lake History/Factoid
Directions: 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.

Lake History

Factoid: Constructed in 1964, Barren River Lake has long provided a haven for recreational, cultural, and wildlife management activities. Ten thousand surface acres of water provide ample opportunity for fishing, boating, skiing, or swimming. Several picnic shelters are available for rent, or you can enjoy one of our water-front picnic sites along the nearly half mile long ADA accessible boardwalk at Port Oliver Recreation Area. Take a walk on one of our hike/bike trails and stop off at one of our watchable wildlife areas. The Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife leases over 7,000 acres of land at Barren River Lake for wildlife management, including hunting activities. In addition, they also manage a fourteen-acre warm season native grass field, like the prairies that once dominated the area. Come stay with us in one of our three class A campgrounds or go primitive at our twelve-site class C campground with a public beach. Located within thirty-five miles of both the National Corvette Museum and Mammoth Cave National Park, Barren River Lake is the perfect location to stay on your next vacation.

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Recreation Services Status
Please see the list below for USACE managed areas. Other parks run by state or private marinas are not included in the list below. Please contact the state or private marina for additional information.

Open    Partially Open    Closed    Status Unknown

14 Recreation areas at Barren River Lake

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Austin       X            
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area Baileys Point  Link ro reservation at   $   X   D A GS X H
Barren River Lake State Park E D X X X X D A GS X BE P M
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area Beaver Creek   $       D A   X  
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area Browns Ford                  
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area Overlook             GS      
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area Peninsula   $         D        
Peninsula Marina         X          
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area Port Oliver Recreation Area   $         D P A GS X    
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area Quarry Road   $           P A GS X H
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area Tailwater  Link ro reservation at   $   X     A GS X   H
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area The Narrows  Link ro reservation at   $   X   D A GS X H
The Narrows Marina         X          
Walnut Creek E     X X          
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area   Corps Managed Managed by Others in Italics $ Corps Fees Collected
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XExists at lake
EElectric Campsites
NNon-electric Campsites
PPrimitive Campsites
GGroup Camping
DDump Station
CFish Cleaning Stations
DFishing Docks
PFishing Piers
APicnic Area
GGroup Picnic
GSGroup Picnic Shelter
PSwimming Pool
BBike Trails
QEquestrian Trails
HHiking Trails
IHiking Trails - Interpretive
ROff Road Vehicle Trails
FFitness Trails
WWater Trails
SSnow Mobile Trails
CCCross Country Skiing Trails
MMultipurpose Trails

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