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Old Kuttawa

Barkley Lake



Old Kuttawa Recreation Area is a great spot for nature lovers to enjoy picnicking, swimming, boating, fishing, and birding. Facilities include picnic pavilions, an ampitheater, a playground, restrooms, paved parking, and plenty of tables and grills. Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake provide ample shoreline and warm water temperatures for summer recreation. Nearby attractions include the Floodwall Murals in Paducah.


Old Kuttawa Recreation Area is on the northern shores of Lake Barkley, near the narrow canal linking it to Kentucky Lake. Together, these two reservoirs combine to create one of the greatest freshwater recreation areas in the country.

Take pleasure in a day of picnicking or soak up the sun at the swimming beach, either way Old Kuttawa provides an ideal setting to enjoy nature at its best.


The half-mile Anderson Woodland Trail is an enjoyable footpath for birding and viewing the great tall trees of the region. Other activities include swimming, fishing and boating.


Two large picnic pavilions, an ampitheater, a playground, restrooms and paved parking are available. Plenty of picnic tables and grills are scattered around the recreation area, with ample shade for sunny summer days. **In order to reserve the ampitheater, you must reserve site 1 (large shelter).

Natural Features

Lake Barkley spans 57,900 acres with 1,004 miles of shoreline and offers warm water temperatures during summer months that make for comfortable recreation.

Running parallel to Barkley Lake is its neighbor, Kentucky Lake, with the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area nestled between.

Nearby Attractions

See the astonishing Floodwall Murals in the town of Paducah. It is a gallery that captures Paduca's rich history.
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Campground Matrix

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Nearby Campgrounds Distance Notification Rate
Barkley Lake
Barkley Lake
Sites 1-13,125-180
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park
Sites 14-124
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park
Sites 181-221
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park
Hurricane Creek
Barkley Lake
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