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Lake Barkley in Western KentuckyWestern Kentucky offers the beauty of Kentucky’s largest lakes mixed with diverse cultural heritage and the arts.

Whether you like to swim with the fish or catch them, Western Kentucky’s Lakes & Rivers Region offers ideal opportunities for outdoor recreation. The Ohio, Cumberland, Tennessee and Mississippi Rivers, combined with Lake Barkley & Kentucky Lake, create a virtual playground of recreation in the 15 counties of western Kentucky. Fishing, hunting, boating, hiking and wildlife viewing are just a few of our many outdoor opportunities.

Naturally, there are unlimited opportunities for fun on the water, but on land you can enjoy the beautiful parks and privately-owned resorts, quaint bed and breakfasts and hotels/motels around the region. Enjoy trips to history museums and art galleries, golf, tennis, horseback riding and more. Make plans to attend some of the one-of-a-kind festivals and other special events that add to the unique heritage and culture throughout the region.

Horse and Carrage in PaducahGet your bags packed. Then sit back, relax, prop up your feet and stay for a while. Your friends in Western Kentucky’s Lakes & Rivers Region welcome you with Southern hospitality.

Be warned, however, the relaxing environment might be contagious. You could find yourself waving at strangers, feeling safe in a crowd and sharing fish stories with the locals. You might forget about the stresses of everyday life and focus on the simple things, like teaching a child to bait a hook, learning to sail, rediscovering your passion for American history or finding that perfect antique.

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General Information

Time Zone: Central
Area Code for Western KY: 270


Paducah’s Barkley Regional Airport: 270-744-0522;
Serviced by:
• United Continental: 800-241-6522

are available at the airport.
• Hertz: 270-744-6000
• Avis: 270-744-8411
• Paducah Taxi Service: 270-443-4442


• Cadiz (Lake Barkley State Resort Park) paved – 4800 feet
• Dawson Springs – turf – 2900 ft.
• Elkton – turf -- 2800 ft.
• Fulton – paved – 2700 ft.
• Gilbertsville (Ky Dam Village State Park) paved – 4000 ft.
• Hopkinsville – paved – 5500 ft.
• Marion – paved – 4000 ft.
• Mayfield – paved – 4600 ft.
• Murray – paved – 6200 ft.
• Paducah – paved – 6500 ft. & 5500 ft.
• Princeton – paved – 3300 ft.
Most of the area resorts provide a shuttle service to and from the nearby airports.

Greyhound Bus Lines operates a terminal in Paducah and provides airport service from Nashville, Memphis and St. Louis.

Call Greyhound for information from other major cities. 800-231-2222.

Rail service is available at Fulton, Kentucky 800-872-7245.

Download and enjoy our 64 page travel guide to everything in Western Kentucky. You'll find all area attractions, lodging, camping, fishing and hunting information, golf and so much more. You can view online or we will be happy to mail you one.
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