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.
There are four full service marinas at Barren River Lake that provide boat rental, slip rental, gasoline and grocery items.
The Corps of Engineers charges a day use fee to launch boats, except for Austin, Browns Ford, Walnut Creek, and the State Park boat ramps. Fees are $3 per day and can be paid at the self-service fee box at the boat ramp or purchase an annual day use pass for $30 per year at any Corps of Engineers Office. Click on the Louisville District Information link below for further information on fees.
Depending upon the discharge rate, below the dam, there are excellent opportunities for canoeing and fishing on Barren River. A boat ramp is located in the campground at Tailwater Recreation Area, just below the dam, off State Highway 252. Call the Barren River Lake Information Line, (270) 646-2122, which is updated daily at 7 a.m. Central, for discharge rates and river levels.
Address: Dam location 1 mi N on KY 252 from KY 1533 W Jct.
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