Nestled within the picturesque Land Between the Lakes region, the beaches of Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley beckon sun-seekers and nature enthusiasts alike. Offering a haven of relaxation, these sandy shores provide an idyllic escape for those yearning to unwind amidst the natural beauty of the Bluegrass State.

Tranquil Retreats: Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, two of the largest man-made lakes in the United States, boast an impressive combined shoreline. Scattered along these shores are numerous beaches, each offering a tranquil retreat where visitors can bask in the sun, enjoy the gentle lapping of the waves, and revel in the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes.

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park Beach: One notable destination is the beach at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park. With its soft sandy shores and inviting waters, this beach provides a perfect setting for a leisurely day of sunbathing, picnicking, and water-based activities. Families, couples, and solo travelers alike can find solace on this expansive stretch of shoreline.

Lake Barkley State Resort Park Beach: Similarly, Lake Barkley State Resort Park boasts its own inviting beach area. Surrounded by lush greenery, this beach is a serene escape where visitors can unwind in the shade, take a refreshing dip in the lake, or partake in water sports like kayaking and paddleboarding.

Recreational Activities: Beyond relaxation, the beaches of Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley cater to those with an adventurous spirit. Kayaking, paddleboarding, and swimming are popular activities, allowing visitors to cool off in the pristine waters. Nature trails along the shoreline offer scenic walks, and some beaches even provide volleyball courts for those seeking a friendly match.

Scenic Sunset Views: As the day winds down, the beaches transform into prime spots for witnessing the mesmerizing sunset reflections on the water. Whether you’re enjoying a quiet moment with a loved one or gathering with friends for a beachside picnic, the fading hues of the evening sky create a captivating spectacle.


The beaches of Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley offer a harmonious blend of relaxation, recreation, and natural beauty. Whether seeking a family-friendly retreat, a romantic escape, or a solo adventure, the sandy shores along these majestic lakes provide a canvas for unforgettable moments. As the sun kisses the horizon and waves gently lap the shoreline, the beaches of Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley stand as timeless sanctuaries inviting all to savor the sun, sand, and serenity they offer.

Kentucky Dam Beach

Open: Seasonally 10am – 7pm

Free Admission

Sandy Beach, Pavilion and beach volleyball courts available

Moss Creek Day Use Area

Open: Seasonally, April 1 and will stay open until October 1.

Free Admission

Moss Creek Day Use Area on the north end of Land Between the Lakes. Here you will find a few picnic tables and grills on a pebble beach on Kentucky Lake. This is a perfect place to relax or picnic with friends and family.

Other Beaches Land Between The Lakes


Sugar Bay Campground
Taylor Bay Campground
Birmingham Ferry Campground
Smith Bay Campground
Pisgah Point Camping Area
Demumbers Bay Camping Area
Twin Lakes Campground
Moss Creek Day Use Area (Open April 1-October 1)
Nickell Branch Campground
Kuttawa Landing Camping Area
Devil’s Elbow Day Use Area
Honker Day Use Area
Energy Dam Day Use Area


Redd Hollow Campground
Neville Bay Camping Area
Ginger Bay Camping Area
Gatlin Point Campground near ramp on Barkley

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