double decker pontoon boat leaving marina

Barren River Lake

Barren River Lake State Resort Park

2-bedroom deluxe cottage
2-bedroom standard cottages
Highland Field
2-bdrm deluxe cottage

Park Activities

  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Geocaching
  • Golf Course
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Orienteering
  • Paddling
  • Playgrounds
  • Volleyball
Barren River Lake State Resort Park
1149 State Park Road
Lucas, KY 42156
Lucas, KY
Caves, Lakes & Corvettes


Top Five Things to Do

1. Boat or fish for catfish, bluegill, bass and crappie on Barren River Lake
2. Play our beautiful award winning 18-hole golf course
3. Relax on the patio and watch the sunset over the lake.
4. Explore one of our nature trails with wildflowers and wildlife.
5. Enjoy an exhilarating stroll on paved walking trail.

Lodging & Camping

Enjoy a good night’s rest in the Louie B. Nunn Lodge, overlooking over the 10,000 acre lake. Lodge rooms have lake facing balconies with patio furniture and wi-fi access. Try out a two bedroom, two bath cabin or upgrade to a villa with a gas fireplace. Accommodations are available by late afternoon. Lodge room check-out is 11 a.m., local time and cottage/villa check-out is 10 a.m. No more than two pets are allowed per room/cottage (CLICK HERE for pet policy information). The campground has 101 sites. Utility hookups are available. A dump station and two central service buildings with showers and restrooms are offered. Find additional campsite information, photos of campsites and make reservations HERE!

Driftwood Restaurant
Enjoy gorgeous lakeside scenery while dining in the restaurant. As a supporter of the Kentucky Proud program, we use local meats and produce when available and now serve Kentucky wine and spirits in the restaurant and Highlands Pub. Please call in advance as hours could change do to uncontrollable circumstances.

Restaurant Hours
**Complimentary Breakfast served daily 6 – 10 a.m. for lodge, cottage and villa guests only.**
Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Pub Hours
Friday 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Meetings and Events
Barren River Lake State Resort Park is located just south east of Bowling Green, Kentucky. Event, meeting, and private party spaces are a great way to connect with nature while working or playing. For information about hosting an event, meeting, wedding or private party click here.

Things to Do
A lighted basketball court located by the lodge is a great place to shoot some hoops with an amazing lake overlook just outside the court. A half-court is also available in the campground during camping season. Overnight guests may check out sports equipment at the recreation office in the lodge.

Bike & Hiking Trail: two-and-one half mile loop, paved, begins at golf course entrance near lodge, restrooms available near Highland Field.

Barren River State Resort Park offers year-round birding opportunities. For the latest eBird species sightings click HERE.

Barren River has boat launches available for the public in the campground and a boat launch with a courtesy dock next to the marina. The marina at the state dock has 100 open slips, 40 covered slips, a launching ramp, and boat rentals available. Marina telephone: 270-646-2357. Website:

Barren River Lake is unsurpassed for fishing pleasure. A Kentucky Fishing License is required. Click here to purchase a license online at KY Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Don't have fishing equipment? No problem! Ask at the park front desk or recreation office about their fishing loaner program where you can check out FREE equipment.

Gift Shop
For mementos of your visit, browse The Barren Collection gift shop. The shop carries an array of local and Kentucky made crafts and souvenirs, including items for the entire family.

A fully equipped pro shop, riding carts, and rental clubs are available. 18-hole Golf packages are available. Course open year-round, weather permitting. For course information CLICK HERE or call the pro shop at 1-800-295-1876.

Explore the four self-guided trails at the park. The Bicycle & Hiking Trail is a two-and-one half mile, paved loop.

Barren River Lake State Resort Park offers two permanent orienteering courses. A beginners’ course covering 1.6 km featuring 9 controls (check points) and an intermediate course covering 3.9 km featuring 16 controls, both in a wooded setting.

Enjoy an afternoon outdoors with family and friends at one of the 2 uncovered picnic areas or rent one of the seven onsite picnic shelters for a family party. Depending on location, shelters may have access to nearby restrooms, playgrounds, and sports fields.

There are three playgrounds open year-round on park where kids can run and have fun. There are also 2 seasonal playgrounds at the campground and beach.

A shuffleboard court is located near the lodge. Overnight guests may check out equipment at the front desk or recreation office.