Old Kuttawa Recreation Area is on the northern shores of Lake Barkley, near the narrow canal linking it to Kentucky Lake. Together, these two reservoirs combine to create one of the greatest freshwater recreation areas in the country.
Take pleasure in a day of picnicking or soak up the sun at the swimming beach, either way Old Kuttawa provides an ideal setting to enjoy nature at its best.
The half-mile Anderson Woodland Trail is an enjoyable footpath for birding and viewing the great tall trees of the region. Other activities include swimming, fishing and boating.
Two large picnic pavilions, an ampitheater, a playground, restrooms and paved parking are available. Plenty of picnic tables and grills are scattered around the recreation area, with ample shade for sunny summer days.
**In order to reserve the ampitheater, you must reserve site 1 (large shelter).
Lake Barkley spans 57,900 acres with 1,004 miles of shoreline and offers warm water temperatures during summer months that make for comfortable recreation.
Running parallel to Barkley Lake is its neighbor, Kentucky Lake, with the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area nestled between.
See the astonishing Floodwall Murals in the town of Paducah. It is a gallery that captures Paduca’s rich history.
From Nashville, take I-24 West to Exit 40. Turn left on 62 and then
right on Highway 295. Follow Highway 295 to recreation area entrance.
LAKE BARKLEY RESOURCE MANAGERS OFFICE: 270-362-4236