Visitor enjoying the water at one of Lake Barkley's beachesSwimming

Swimming on Lake Barkley is one of the more popular water-based activities.  Swimming is prohibited at launching ramps, mooring points, and posted areas.  It is allowed elsewhere, but for safety’s sake please swim only in designated areas.  These areas are much safer as they are off-limits to boaters.  They are surrounded by “boats keep out” buoys and floating orange pipeline.  The Corps of Engineers operates seven such areas on Lake Barkley;  Kuttawa Recreation Area has a sand beach and playground and there is a nominal Day Use Fee.  Linton and Rockcastle Recreation Areas are free to the public and have sandy beaches.  Canal, Eureka and Hurricane Creek campgrounds include sandy beaches for registered campers and their authorized visitors.  Pets are prohibited at all beaches.