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Barren River Lake Watchable Wildlife


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Barren River Lake Watchable Wildlife The Quarry Road Watchable Wildlife Area at Barren River Lake offers visitors the opportunity to experience animals in their natural habitat. The one-mile loop trail will lead you to a secluded viewing shelter nestled at the edge of an open viewing area frequented by white-tailed deer, eastern wild turkey, cotton-tailed rabbit and eastern bluebird. Stop by the Corps of Engineer office or visit the Quarry Road Fee Station for a free viewing guide to record your encounters with the wildlife of Barren River Lake. Quarry Road Recreation Area is located off of State Highway 252 at the dam in Barren County, adjacent to the Corps of Engineers office.

Native Prairie Field at Quarry Road Recreation Area
Barren County, Ky., is part of a larger area historically known in the pioneer days as "The Barrens," an area the Native Americans utilized to attract large game. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Ky. Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources at Barren River Lake have developed 14 acres of native warm season grasses in the Quarry Road Recreation Area to replicate the prairie fields that once dominated this area. Warm season grasses planted in this area include: big blue stem, little blue stem, switchgrass, Indian grass, and eastern gamma grass. The Quarry Road Recreation Area is located off of state highway 252 at the dam in Barren County.


Address: Dam location 1 mi N on KY 252 from KY 1533 W Jct.
Phone: 270-646-2055
Our Website:www.lrl.usace.army.mil/brl/default.asp?mycategory=162

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Barren River Lake Fishing

Fishing opportunities abound at Barren River Lake. Hybrid bass (stocked regularly by State of Kentucky)

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Barren River Lake Trails

Three self-guided trails are located at the Barren River Lake State Resort Park. Connell Nature Trail: one-mile trail begins at the head of the road leading to the beach. Lena Madesin Phillips Trail: one-half mile nature-historical trail located at 31E picnic area. Bike & Hiking Trail:

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Barren River Lake Birdwatching

Bird watching can be enjoyed any time of the year and is especially good during the winter months when migrating waterfowl and bald eagles make their way to Kentucky.

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Barren River Lake Boating

Boating opportunities abound at Barren River Lake. Boat ramps are conveniently located in each recreation area and there are also three full service marinas to satisfy needs. There are eight boat ramps on the lake and one located below the dam on Barren River.

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