Welcome to our Lake Barkley Home Page

Lake Barkley was impounded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1966. The dam impounds the Cumberland River near Grand Rivers, Kentucky, approximately 38 miles up stream from where the Cumberland empties into the Ohio River.  One mile above the dam is a canal connecting Lake Barkley with Kentucky Lake, forming one of the greatest freshwater recreational areas in the country.


Primary Species of Fish


Largemouth Bass & Crappie

Lake Barkley is home to some very good fishing.  You can catch so many different species of fish, but most anglers come here to target largemouth bass and crappie.  There are good numbers and trophy fish of both species spread throughout this lake.


Secondary Species of Fish


Smallmouth Bass, White Bass, Catfish, White Bass, Bluegill & Perch

If you want to target smallmouth bass, white bass, catfish or bluegill, there are good numbers of them in the lake if you know how to target them.  They are secondary for most anglers, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t do well fishing for these species of fish here.