Special Notice from Kentucky Fish and Wildlife–
Upadate on Asian Carp Die-offs in Kentucky and Barkley Lakes:
It appears that young Asian Carp are succumbing to stressors brought on by insufficient fat storage to get the fish through the winter and spring months. Young but large carp are likely most vulnerable to starvation after a warm winter because the fishes’ metabolism was elevated above that of a normal, colder winter. Because of malnutrition, the fish eventually succumb to secondary stressors such as bacterial infections, which their immune systems would normally fight off. Thanks to our Fisheries biologists and partner the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for their diligent investigation.
Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley comprise one of the world’s largest man-made bodies of water. Combined, they contain nearly 220,000 surface acres of water and a 1.75 mile long canal connects them at the northern end.
This watery wonderland surrounds Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area on three sides. This offers visitors 300 miles of undeveloped shoreline.
You also find four fishable small lakes and numerous interior ponds spread throughout the peninsula. All this makes Land Between the Lakes one of the country’s fishing hot spots!
We’re a regional sport fishing center for crappie, bass, sauger, catfish, and bluegill.
Located in beautiful Western Kentucky and Tennessee requires us to follow applicable state fishing rules and have appropriate licenses when fishing in each state. Be aware that some lakes within Land Between the Lakes have different possession limits than the state.
An exception allows for either state license to suffice on the western shores of Land Between the Lakes and in Kentucky Lake proper between Eggner’s Ferry Bridge, Hwy US68/KY80, south to the Paris Landing Bridge, Hwy 79. Blood River is excluded from this allowance.
In addition to being surrounded by four great state resort parks and hundreds of private resorts, we offer over 1,500 camping sites.
Our developed campgrounds include Hillman Ferry to the north, Piney to the south, and Energy Lake in the middle just north of Hwy US68/KY80 next to Lake Barkley. Wranglers Campground specializes in providing camping and trail riding opportunities for horse enthusiasts. This developed campground provides modern facilities with 100 miles of horse and wagon trails.
Turkey Bay Off-highway Vehicle Area also offers limited camping and over 100 miles of trails for ATVs and other off road fun.
Self-service camping areas at Cravens Bay, Gatlin Point, and Fenton offer water access and limited services.
Our 12 undeveloped backcountry lake access areas also have boat ramps and provide additional camping by the lakeshore where anglers can really make a week of fishing and relaxing away from the crowds!
Check out why we have become a wonderland for anglers of all skill levels and ages — fishing from our banks or from your boat!
FLW serves bass and walleye anglers of all skill levels from coast to coast as a premier tournament fishing organization. FLW is headquartered in Gilbertsville, KY in Marshall County, our western neighbor on Kentucky Lake. Find out more about the FLW—Walmart – Bass Fishing League—Land Between the Lakes qualifying tournaments that start in March at
State Hunting & Fishing Information
Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources
Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency