The origin of Lake Barkley is very astonishing in deed. Back in 1966, the Lower Cumberland Project was derived by the Army Corp of Engineers but later became what we call today as the Barkley Lock and Dam. The purpose of this project was to improve less flooding and create more hydropower. In order to accomplish this, TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) purchased over 170,000 acres of land. This would then cause two small towns (Eddyville and Kuttawa) to be completely moved in order to build Lake Barkley. Once the towns were relocated, development on the man-made lake was started.

Since its development in 1966, Lake Barkley has grown to become "One of the World's Largest Man-Made Lakes." The lake itself stretches over 58,500 acres with a shoreline that reaches a massive 1,004 miles. It has since grown to become one of Kentucky's Best Recreational Spots for boating, fishing, hiking, hunting, and relaxation. It was only inevitable that Kentucky State Parks would begin development of Lake Barkley Marina.


Lake Barkley Marina is located directly inside of Lake Barkley State Resort Park. With this location, it puts you in a prime spot to enjoy all of what Kentucky has to offer. Some of the features of being in this location are being able to be in walking distance of all recreational activities the State Park offers like racquetball, swimming, fishing, nature hikes, spa, and golf. Lake Barkley Marina also has the capability of housing some of the largest house and fishing boats in all of Lake Barkley. With options like these, we offer a wide variety of services to fit any recreational or professional activity. Listed below are some of our services we offer.

  • Mooring and Docking
  • 188 Covered Slips
  • Ship Store with Boat & Tackle, Groceries, and LIVE Bait
  • Dock Carts
  • Dock Storage
  • Marine Radio Monitoring (CH. 16 & 68)
  • Dockside Trash Pickup
  • Wave Runner Rentals
  • Pontoon Boat Rentals
  • Bass Boat Rents
shipping store

Contact Information

Lake Barkley Marina
4200 State Park Road
Cadiz, KY 42211
Toll Free:855.330.4207
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Hours of Operation

May - September
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
November - April
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed on Sundays


Fish Species

Lake Barkley has a large variety of different types of Fish Species in the Lake. Listed below are the more common type.

  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • White Crappie
  • Blue Gill
  • White Bass
  • Channel Catfish
  • Blue Catfish
  • Sauger