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Western Waterlands

  • Sunset
  • Catch of the day...
  • Lake Barkley State Resort Park
  • Land Between the Lakes
  • Paducah Floodwall Mural
  • Paducah Art Gallery

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. Enjoy outdoor recreation such as hiking, biking, horseback riding and ATVing on off-road vehicle trails.

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.

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.

Take a walking tour of Paducah’s historic downtown to discover quality museums like the National Quilt Museum and the River Discovery Center. Enjoy an inviting mix of unique restaurants and shops and visit with working artisans in their LowerTown Paducah studios.

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