Boating on Kentucky Lake

Enjoying Jet Skis on Kentucky Lake
Shawn Dunnaway

Boating in Land Between The Lakes

Did you know tens of thousands of acres of water surround three sides of Land Between The Lakes?  Kentucky Lake borders LBL to the west with Lake Barkley to the north and east.  A free-flowing canal connects the two bodies of water at the northern entrance of LBL.

There are nearly two dozen lake access areas in Land Between The Lakes with boat ramps and other facilities to suit your needs. These ramps listed below begin with the north and head south.

North LBL Map | South LBL Map

LBL's Lake Barkley Public Ramps

  • Nickell Branch Campground
  • Demumbers Bay Camping Area
  • Eddyville Ferry at the end of Old Ferry Road (FS road #117)
  • Cravens Bay Self-Service Campground (2 ramps)
  • Honker Bay (FS road #135)
  • Taylor Bay Campground
  • Energy Dam (two ramps, for Energy Lake and the other for Lake Barkley)
  • Devil’s Elbow Day-Use Area
  • Fords Bay (FS road #347)
  • Neville Bay Camping Area
  • Gatlin Point Self-Service Campground

LBL's Kentucky Lake Public Ramps

  • Twin Lakes Campground
  • Pisgah Point Camping Area
  • Birmingham Ferry Campground
  • Smith Bay Campground
  • Sugar Bay Campground
  • Fenton Self-Service Campground
  • Redd Hollow Campground
  • End of FS road #172 (Jones Creek)
  • Ginger Bay Camping Area
  • Boswell Landing Campground
  • Gray’s Landing Campground

Hillman Ferry, Piney and Energy Lake campground ramps are for camping use only.

Boat Rentals

Kayak and canoe rentals are available in season at Woodlands Nature Station and at Energy Lake Campground. Call (270) 924-2233 for details.  Commercial marinas located on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley offer rentals such as pontoons, jet skis, ski boats,  fishing boats, paddleboards, canoes and kayaks.

Here are some marinas that may offer that perfect boat rental you're looking for.

Lynnhurst Family Resort

270 Lynhurst Drive
Murray, KY  42071
270-436-2345
  • Pontoon Rentals
  • JetSki Rentals
  • Boat Ramp
  • Covered Dock
  • Kayak Rentals
  • Playground Area
  • Restaurant
  • Kitchen Units
The marina at Lynnhurst Family Resort offers pontoon rentals, jet ski rentals, kayak rentals, and fishing boat rentals. You'll also find fuel, a launching ramp, bait and tackle shop with snacks and some marine accessories. Fishing guides services also available.
Lynnhurst Family Resort

Malcolm Creek Resort Marina

325 Guthrie Drive
Benton, KY  42025
1-800-733-6713
  • Cottages
  • Fisherman-Friendly
  • Marina
  • Bait/Tackle
  • Boat Rentals
  • Playground
  • WiFi
  • Beach & Pool
Malcolm Creek Resort is waterfront on Malcolm Creek offering clean 2 bedroom cottages, marina with services, pool, small beach, play ground and limited camping.
Malcolm Creek Resort Marina

Eddy Creek Marina Resort

7612 Kentucky 93 South
Eddyville, KY  42038
1-800-626-2300
  • Full Service Marina
  • RV Park
  • Pool
  • Beach
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Grocery Store
  • Motel
Featuring motel rooms and cabins, RV park, boat rentals, a sandy beach, swimming pool, picnic area, playground and more! Enjoy a great meal at Echo Charlie's Bayside Restaurant located on site!
Eddy Creek Marina Resort

Big Bear Resort

30 Big Bear Resort Rd
Benton, KY  42025
1-800-922-BEAR
  • Campground
  • Private Beach
  • Pool
  • Guide Service
  • Golf Cart Rentals
  • Marina
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
KY Lake's Big Bear Resort is a beautiful lake resort with full accomodations, private beach, marina, hunting, fishing, guides, bait and tackle, restaurant, campground and more! Call today!
Big Bear Resort

Moors Resort and Marina

570 Moors Rd
Gilbertsville, KY  42044
1-800-626-5472
  • Large Marina
  • Cottages & Lodge
  • Covered Slips
  • Restaurant
  • Boat Rentals
  • Beach & Pool
  • Water Toys
  • Mini-Golf
Kentucky Lake's most popular resort! Located directly across from the Rock Quarry and LBL. Features waterfront lodging, large marina, boat rentals, restaurant and lots of recreation!
Moors Resort and Marina

Kentucky Dam Marina

466 Marina Drive
Gilbertsville, KY  42044
270-362-8386
  • Full-Service Fuel Dock
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Boat Rentals
  • Laundry
  • Ship Store
  • Putting Green
  • Corn Hole
  • Wet Slips with electric service
Enjoy fun in the sun with one of our various boat rentals. We have a variety of boat rentals, including our very popular Double Decker Pontoons! Kentucky Dam Marina provides comfortable and reliable boat rentals that are sanitized after each use to ensure your day on the water is a safe and memorable one. Wanting to dip your feet into the boating lifestyle? Join our Boat Club and get unlimited access to our top-of-the-line fleet of pontoons, Tritoons, center consoles, and runabouts. You deserve the Kentucky Dam Marina experience.
Kentucky Dam Marina

Kenlake Marina

888 Kenlake Marina Lane
Aurora, KY  42048
270-474-2245
  • Boat Rentals
  • Jet Ski Rentals
  • Covered Slips
  • Transient Slips
  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Tennis Courts
  • Nearby Pool
  • Camping
Located near the US 68 bridge on KY Lake, we offer cover slips for 30s through 60s. Fishing boat rentals, pontoon rentals and jet skis! Plus Cindy's On The Barge, a great restaurant serving the best breakfast and lunch on the lake. Also the lowest fuel prices on Kentucky Lake!
Kenlake Marina

Cozy Cove Waterfront Resort

1917 Reed Road
Benton, KY  42025
270-354-8168
  • Slip Rentals
  • Boat Rentals
  • Cable TV
  • Swim Dock w/Slide
  • Weber Grills
  • Playground
  • Sandy Beach
  • Volleyball Court
Cozy Cove is a private, secluded, family owned and operated resort located on 12 acres of Kentucky Lake waterfront property, with some of the nicest amenities on Kentucky Lake!
Cozy Cove Waterfront Resort

Lakeview Cottages & Marina

165 Lakeview Cabins Dr
New Concord, KY  42076
270-436-5876
  • Fishing Boats
  • Pontoon Rentals
  • Slip Rentals
  • Marina Gas
  • Cottages
Lakeview Cottages and Marina has four pontoons and three fishing boats for your family's enjoyment. We are located on Cypress Cove on Kentucky Lake, a deep protected cove with plenty of fishing and swimming spots, where the whole family can enjoy a day on the lake.
Lakeview Cottages & Marina

Fish Island Resort

3535 Blue Springs Rd
Cadiz, KY  42211
270-924-0780
  • 2 BR Cabins
  • Kayak Rentals
  • Paddle Boat Rentals
  • Golf Cart Rentals
  • On-Site Store
  • Affordable Rates
Quiet, rustic and simple lodging located near Lake Barkley in the Blue Springs area. Our cabin and motel rooms are recently remodeled with the owner living on site. We're family owned and operated! We are now offering kayak, golf cart, paddle boat and paddle board rentals as well as beach cruiser bicycles and floating "oasis" mats for rent!
Fish Island Resort

Sportsman's Lodge Campgrounds & Marina

12710 US Hwy 68 East
Benton, KY  42025
1-800-733-6716
  • Rustic Cottages
  • Campground
  • Waterfront
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • WiFi
  • Pool
We're located at the Jonathan Creek Bridge on US 68. Our fisherman's getaway includes motel rooms, cottages, fishing cabins, campsites, tent sites, bath/shower house, and a full-service marina. Our marina features slip and boats rentals. The marina is open late March-October with our motel open year round.
Sportsman's Lodge Campgrounds & Marina

Blommaert's King Creek Resort & Marina

972 King Creek Road
Benton, KY  42025
270-493-0076
  • Deck Boats
  • Party Barges
  • Pontoons
  • Bass Fishing Boats
  • Row Boats
  • Paddle Boats
  • Water Toys
  • Marina
King Creek Resort offers pontoon and deck boat rentals that will accommodate up to 12 people/children. Also offering pontoons with ski/tube tower, 24' party barges, fishing pontoons, bass fishing boats, row boats, water toys and paddle boats for rent.
Blommaert's King Creek Resort & Marina

Missing Hill Resort

234 Dockway Lane
New Concord, KY  42076
270-436-5519
  • Waterfront
  • Central Heat/Air
  • Cable TV
  • Pontoon Rentals
  • WiFi
  • Fully Equipped Kitchens
Waterfront resort on Kentucky Lake with marina, boat rentals, beach, cabins, and more. Competitive prices! See our new website for rates and details!
Missing Hill Resort

Cypress Springs Resort and Marina

2740 Cypress Trail
New Concord, KY  42076
270-436-5496
  • Pontoon Rentals
  • Jet Ski Rentals
  • Covered Slips
  • Uncovered Slips
  • Transient Slip
  • Restaurant
  • Wireless Internet
  • Fuel
Cypress Springs is a complete resort. It is family owned and operated. You will find our help courteous, friendly and willing to help you in making your vacation a pleasure. Visit our restaurant for the best seafood on Kentucky Lake!
Cypress Springs Resort and Marina

Birdsong Resort Marina & Campground

255 Marina Road
Camden, TN  38320
731-584-7880
  • 65'x65' Lit Ramp
  • 140 Slips
  • Up to 80'
  • Prop Service
  • Emergency Towing
  • 30-50A Service
  • Fuel
  • 28 Cottages
Located on the south side of Birdsong Creek, 1.5 miles in the deep buoyed channel, entering from the scenic Tennessee River. Situated in "America's Great Loop" halfway between the dams - Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley and Pickwick. Look for the Birdsong Creek flashing light and our BIRDSONG sign located on the island at mile marker 103.7
Birdsong Resort Marina & Campground

Whispering Oaks Resort & Marina

267 Millers Road
Benton, KY  42025
270-354-6628
  • Waterfront
  • Boat Rentals
  • Boat Slips
  • Beach
  • Playground
  • Fully Eq. Kitchens
  • Cable
  • Bait/Fishing License
"A resort for all seasons". We offer waterfront cabins, a marina and beach, fully equipped kitchens, and all of the comforts of home for you and your entire family (we are pet friendly).
Whispering Oaks Resort & Marina

Lakeside Campground & Marina

12363 US 68 East
Benton, KY  42025
270-354-8157
  • Waterfront Camping
  • Rental Campers
  • Full Service Marina
  • Boat Launch
  • Full Hookup
  • Pool/Playground
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Shower House
Lakeside Campground and Marina is a family owned and operated campground located on Jonathan Creek, an inlet of Kentucky Lake. We offer lakefront campsites as well as a full service marina and much more. Enjoy relaxing days filled with the natural beauty of Kentucky Lake and its abundance of activities.
Lakeside Campground & Marina

Lake Barkley Marina

4200 State Park Road
Cadiz, KY 42211
270-924-6081

LBL Kayak & Canoe Rentals

1506 Donelson Pkwy
Dover, TN 37058
931-627-1849

Leatherwood Resort and Marina

753 Leatherwood Bay Rd
Dover, TN 37058
931-232-5137

Green Turtle Bay Boat Rentals

263 Green Turtle Bay Drive
Grand Rivers, KY 42045
1-800-498-0428

Cedar Knob Resort

1434 Cedar Knob Road
Benton, KY 42025
270-354-8475

Many of these marinas offer boat rentals. To find a specific type of boat rental, check out these boat rentals on Explore Kentucky Lake.