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

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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: http://www.emeraldashborer.info/

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

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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: The Barren 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. Barren River was named by early pioneers for its treeless fields. The open fields were actually created by Native Americans, who burned sections of woodland, forming grasslands to attract grazing buffalo. There are many historical features and sites to visit and explore. In the 1960s the dam was built for area flood control covering 20,150 acres at maximum flood control pool. When not needed to store flood waters, the Army Corps of Engineers manages more than 10,000 acres for wildlife management and recreation. Come and visit the warm season native grass fields and view what historically was the landscape in Allen and Barren County. Barren River Lake has four campgrounds offering casual camping, hiking, fishing, boating, hunting, biking, birding, or just sitting back and enjoying the scenery.

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Recreation areas 1 - 13 of 13 at Barren River Lake

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 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area Baileys Point  Link ro reservation at rec.gov E N D   X X     A GS X BE H
Barren River Lake State Park E X X X X   A GS X BE P M
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area Beaver Creek E N     X     A   X BE  
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area Browns Ford       X            
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area Overlook             GS      
Peninsula       X X          
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area Port Oliver Recreation Area       X     A GS X    
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area Quarry Road           P A GS X BE H
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area Tailwater  Link ro reservation at rec.gov E G   X X     A GS X   H
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area The Narrows  Link ro reservation at rec.gov E D   X X X   A GS X BE H
The Narrows Marina         X          
Walnut Creek E N     X X          
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area   Corps Managed Managed by Others in Italics $ Corps Fees Collected
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