US Army Corps of Engineers
Nashville District

Lake Barkley

Barkley Lock and Dam Project, Grand Rivers, Ky,Welcome to

Lake Barkley

The Nashville District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers welcomes you to Lake Barkley, the westernmost project in a series of dams along the Cumberland River and its tributaries.

The lake provides a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities for millions of visitors each year.  The lake covers 57,900 acres at summer pool, elevation 359 mean sea level, and is surrounded by 1,004 miles of shoreline.  Natural conditions at Lake Barkley make it possible for the public to participate in activities such as hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, picnicking, and boating.  In addition, there is a Civil War Monument, historic relics, commercial marinas, public parks and wildlife refuges.  The many species of wildlife here, including golden and bald eagles, make bird watching and nature photography exciting pastimes.

Lake Barkley belongs to its visitors.  Treat the area with respect by keeping it clean and attractive.  Enjoy yourself, have a safe visit, and come again.

Announcements

Nashville District announces new firewood policy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 6, 2017) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District announces a new firewood policy is now in effect, and seeks the public’s cooperation to prevent the spread of forest insects and disease at campgrounds in the Cumberland River Basin. 

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Lake Barkley News

Marine Transportation and Research Board of the National Academies tours Kentucky Lock
5/16/2019
GRAND RIVERS, Ky., Tenn. (May 16, 2019) – Lt. Col. Cullen Jones, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District commander welcomed The Marine Board members from the Transportation Research Board of...
Navarro named Nashville District Employee of the Month for March 2019
5/2/2019
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 1, 2019) – Luke Navarro, a Natural Resource Specialist (Park Ranger) Pathways student, at the Cordell Hull Lake Resource Manager's Office is the Nashville District Employee March...
Concrete placement rolling along at Center Hill’s auxiliary saddle dam
4/18/2019
LANCASTER, Tenn. (April 18, 2019) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently began placing “roller-compacted concrete” to build a reinforcing berm downstream of Center Hill’s auxiliary dam. This...
Korthals named Nashville District Employee of the Month for February 2019
3/28/2019 UPDATED
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 26, 2019) – Kate Korthals, engineering and computer aided drafting technician in the Soils and Dam Safety Branch in the Engineering and Construction Division, is the U.S. Army...
Music City mayor notes fascination of Old Hickory Dam in operation
3/20/2019
OLD HICKORY, Tenn. (Mar. 15, 2019) – The mayor of Music City visited Old HickoryDam today to see the power plant, navigation lock, and water releases, and noted how fascinating it is to see it in...

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