Barkley Lake

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.

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.

Need to Know

Natural Features

The recreation area 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.

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.


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.

Contact Information


6511 LINTON RD. CADIZ KY 42211

Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: LAKE BARKLEY RESOURCE MANAGERS OFFICE: 270-362-4236

Rental Options

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Driving Directions

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.

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