Sun reflects off a scenic lake in Kentucky


Lakes in Kentucky

Kentucky's Bluegrass landscapes are dotted with dozens of lakes that don't just please the eye, but tempt the inner adventurer. Rent a houseboat and spend lazy summer days on the waters of Lake Cumberland, the Houseboat Capital of the World. Learn to sail, or kick up some wake in a powerboat or jet ski on Kentucky Lake or Lake Barkley. Reel in the catch of a lifetime on Cave Run Lake, Dale Hollow Lake or Lake Beshear – three of the best Kentucky lakes for fishing. Or explore some of our smaller, quieter lakes on a serene paddle. No matter how you enjoy the water, our thousands of miles of shoreline are the perfect backdrop for your next lake vacation.

Explore Major Lakes in Kentucky

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Buckhorn Lake

Ky 1833
Buckhorn, KY

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Cave Run Lake

Ky 801 S.
Morehead, KY 40351

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Dale Hollow Lake

Ky 1206
Burkesville, KY

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Dewey Lake

75 Theatre Ct.
Prestonsburg, KY 41653

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Fishtrap Lake

Ky 1789
Pikeville, KY

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Green River Lake

Ky 55
Campbellsville, KY 42718

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Herrington Lake

Ky 152
Harrodsburg, KY 40330

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Lake Barkley

200 Barkley Dam Overlook
Grand Rivers, KY 42045

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Laurel River Lake

Ky 192
London, KY 40744

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Paintsville Lake

Ky 2275
Staffordsville, KY

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Rough River Lake

Ky 79
Falls Of Rough, KY 40119

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Taylorsville Lake

Ky 248
Taylorsville, KY

Experience Kentucky's

Lake Life

A wakeboarder catches air on Kentucky's Lake Cumberland

Lake Cumberland

Be the captain of your own epic lake vacation at Lake Cumberland, the Houseboat Capital of the World.

A large group stands on a dock on Kentucky Lake, with one diving off the end

Kentucky Lake

Kentucky’s largest lake is an angling and boating paradise with over 160,000 acres to explore.

A sailboat sails across the surface of Lake Barkley on a clear day

Lake Barkley

This 58,000-acre lake in Western Kentucky features booming populations of largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and more.

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