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part ofBarkley Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Sat Oct 31 2015   Season Dates


Linton Recreation area is a day-use haven that sits on Lake Barkley near wooded rolling hills and abundant wildlife. Whether it's a gathering of family or friends, visitors can enjoy the the excellent atmosphere beautiful scenery.

Natural Features:

The campground is on the shores of Lake Barkley, nestled in the wooded, rolling hills of southwestern Kentucky, very close to the border with Tennessee.

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


Boating and fishing are a big hit, as is swimming in the designated sandy swimming area and playing sports like soccer or Frisbee in the grassy open fields.


The accessible picnic shelter fits 100 guests and 50 vehicles. Other perks include a flush toilet, playground, grills and swimming beach. No electric hookups are available.

Nearby Attractions:

Visit Fort Donelson National Battlefield, where the Union Army won its first battle in the Civil War.

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area is just across the lake and features more than 170,000 acres of public land with numerous historical and outdoor attractions.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Comfort Station
  • Drinking Water
  • Flush Toilets
  • General Store
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Parking
  • Playground
  • Swimming
Know Before You Go
  • Shelter is for day-use only between 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.68758, -87.9106
36°41'15"N, 87°54'38"W

From Nashville take I-24 west to Cadiz, exit 65. Make a left onto Highway 68 for 8 miles to Highway 139. Make a left on Highway 139 and go 6 miles to Highway 164. Make a right on Highway 164 and the day use area is 8 miles from there.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BOX 218
GRAND RIVERS  KY  42045-0218

Phone Number:

Information:  (270)362-4236
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Bureau of Land Management Federal Highway Administration National Oceanic Atmosphere Administration Smithsonian Institution USDA Forest Service US Army Corps of Engineers US Fish and Wildlife Service National Park Service Bureau of Engraving and Printing Tennessee Valley Authority Bureau of Reclamation National Archives Records Administration