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Wading the Lakes and Rivers of Kentucky

The Bluegrass State lays claim to enormous recreational lakes and thousands of miles of streams and wild rivers. Below are just a few suggestions to get your aquatic adventures started.

Experience the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. Considered the largest inland peninsula in the United States, the recreation area spans an impressive 170,000 acres. Lake Barkley lives to the east, and Kentucky Lake sits to the west. Swimming and fishing are both welcome here, and there are more than 200 miles of trails for land-lovers to enjoy, too.

If you are a rafter looking for adventure, the Class IV rapids near Angel Falls in Big South Fork are waiting for you. Cave Run Lake, in the Daniel Boone Forest, was the spot where an angler snagged the largest Muskie ever caught in the State. It’s also served by two marinas and welcomes swimming, boating, jet skiing and more.

Lake Cumberland is known not only for the power boats that visit but the more than 1,500 houseboats that call it home. Laurel River Lake is also a popular spot in the Forest, as are hundreds of other water attractions across the State waiting to be explored.

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area

With a staggering 170,000 acres, the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in western Kentucky is the largest inland peninsula in the country. Lake Barkley borders the eastern side of the area and Kentucky Lake borders the western side. President John F. Kennedy designated it a national recreation area in 1963.

The area boasts of over 200 miles of trails. Whether you hike, horseback ride, mountain bike or ATV, there are plenty of trails for doing it all. Visitors also enjoy a day of fishing, swimming or hunting in this beautiful recreation area. A must-see stop in the forest is the The Homeplace, a 1850 working farm. Make the quick drive in from nearby Murray.