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Welcome to the inviting and unique Western Waterlands of Kentucky. Bordered by the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, with the two largest lakes in the state, the Western Waterlands offers an inviting mix of water sports, family fun, arts, culture, historic sites and entertainment.

Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley and the Land Between the Lakes is a popular vacation destination with all the water recreation imaginable - fish, ski, sail, tube, kayak, jet ski, drag race, swim and relax. Head for a Kentucky state park and enjoy outdoor recreation such as hiking, biking, horseback riding and ATV trail riding and other area attractions.

Dine in restaurants overlooking the lakes, enjoy live entertainment at Grand Rivers Badgett Playhouse, take in a movie at an old fashioned drive-in, shop at the largest single antique mall between Saint Louis and Nashville, visit art museums and play with us at one of our award-winning festivals and events. This region also offers lodging ranging from rustic tent and RV campsites to luxurious hotels and resorts.

Our friendly communities and historic hamlets  provide visitors with surprising opportunities for entertainment, activity and inspiration. Play golf in the #1 retirement destination in the US, visit Kentucky’s largest Amish community, shop in a railroad town transformed into an antique shoppers heaven, travel through lush farmland rich in Native American history, or visit a "living house" museum complete with immersive historical exhibits.

Take a walking tour of historic downtown Paducah, KY, to discover quality museums like the National Quilt Museum and the River Discovery Center. Spend a day enjoying an inviting mix of unique restaurants and shops around the city and visit with working artisans in their LowerTown Paducah studios.


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