Lake Barkley! Together with neighboring Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley is one of the nation’s largest and most popular outdoor recreation destinations. Named after the country’s former vice president Alben Barkley, the lake runs for 134 miles, with over 1,000 miles of shoreline, and 57,000 acres of water to explore. This man-made lake was created in the 1960s to prevent flooding and supply hydroelectric power. Over time it has become a beloved location for fishing, boating, biking, golf, and outdoor relaxation. The local region offers all the comforts one might desire, including excellent shopping, dining, and entertainment. On the lake’s western shore lies the Land Between the Lakes, a 170,000 acre nature refuge. The LBL features camping, hiking, hunting, a planetarium, as well as a preserve for elk and bison. Fantastic opportunities abound on Lake Barkley for nature photography and bird watching. Bald eagles are a regular sight and have even been known to out-fish the humans on occasion. Enjoying the outdoors is not just encouraged at Lake Barkley, it is a way of life. Come to western Kentucky and find out why so many others just love getting lost in one of nature’s playgrounds.