Lake Barkley was created in 1966 when the Barkley Dam was put into service. Both the lake and the dam are named for Vice President Alben Barkley, a Kentucky native. The dam impounds the Cumberland River to create over 90 square miles, or just over 58,000 acres of surface water. Also it is 134 miles in length and features 1,004 miles of shoreline. An outdoor paradise located in the heart of America. The land and water scenery are absolutely breathtaking.

Lake Barkley is a terrific fishery that has an excellent reputation for large numbers of large-mouth bass, crappie, bluegill, redear, white & yellow bass and catfish. Whatever type of fish you enjoy catching it has the resources to keep your lines tight.

Boating is one of the most popular activities. There are many boat ramps located close to Early American Motel that makes it easy to launch your boat and have a great day on the water.  It is a short 9 mile drive to Lake Barkley for Early American Motel. We also have plenty of boat trailer parking with electric hookups to charge your boat’s batteries. Whether you have a pontoon, speed boat, ski boat, fishing boat, canoe or kayak you will have an enjoyable time on the water creating unforgettable memories.

If you love exploring and viewing nature the wildlife diversity is extensive and Lake Barkley provides some of the best wildlife viewing in the state. You could see bald eagles, deer, beavers, gray foxes, box turtles, gray squirrels, turkeys, and otters to name a few. Around 260 species of birds and 55 species of mammals.

Enjoy a day in the sun, swimming and relaxing at one of the many Lake Barkley beaches and swimming areas.

Whether you are an outdoorsman , family or pleasure boater Lake Barkley offers something for everyone! 

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