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If you stay on the Great Loop route: This leg of your voyage is only 33 miles. However, if
you want to take a wonderful detour to Nashville, this is a great detour to take. . . It is only 192
(beautiful) miles on the Cumberland river from the Ohio to Nashville.
|Cruising America's Heartland - click next.
|:: Capt John's America's Great Loop :
Green Turtle Bay
Mile Marker: 31.7
Buzzard Rock Marina
Mile Marker 39.5
Eddy Creek Marina
Mile Marker: 46.4
Mile Marker 127
Rock Harbor Marine
Nashville - mile 175
|:: The Cumberland River ::
Lake Barkley is the westernmost project in a series of dams along the Cumberland River and
its tributaries. Lake Barkley. The dam impounds the Cumberland River near Grand Rivers,
Kentucky, approximately 38 miles up stream from where the Cumberland empties into the Ohio
River. One mile above the dam is a canal connecting Lake Barkley with Kentucky Lake,
forming one of the greatest freshwater recreational complexes in the USA. The lakes run
parallel courses for more than 50 miles with Land Between the Lakes recreational area
located between them. Lake Barkley is 134 miles long with a shoreline measuring 1,004 miles.
Lake Barkley provides a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities for millions of visitors
each year. Natural conditions at Lake Barkley make it possible for the public to participate in is
a Civil War Monument, historic relics, commercial marinas, public parks and wildlife refuges.
The many species of wildlife, including golden and bald eagles. Boating on Lakes Barkley,
Cumberland, and Kentucky will keep you reaching for your camera to capture some exciting
and beautiful photography opportunities.
Lake Cumberland is 63,000 acres that offers 1,255 miles of beautiful wooded shoreline. The
lake itself is 111 miles from one end to the other with countless coves, Cabins, Resorts, Golf,
Hiking, Beaches, Fishing, Skiing, Swimming, and Campsites along your way. Most have
electric hookup, Showers, Restrooms, Drinking Water, Sanitary Dump Stations, Picnic tables,
and Charcoal grills.
There are also plenty of Marinas, places to fuel, a Visitor Information Center, and the
Jamestown Marina offers a great restaurant! And amoung our favorites, are Cumberland
Point, Mill Springs, Fishing Creek, Waitsboro, Omega Recreational Area, Cave Creek
Recreational Area, Echo Point, Pulaski County Park, Burnside Island, Cumberland Falls State
Park (home of the world famous "moon bow"), Rockcastle, Yahoo Falls, Buffalo Springs State
Park, Alem Ford, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (including trails and a
train ride) and a Natural Arch.
Fishing includes Catfiish, Largemouth Bass, Rock Fish, White Bass, Crappie, Walleye, Blue
Gill and related bream. This is one of the best vacation lakes in the nation and is
overwhelming in size. Most boaters tuck into a cove for the night and may times have it to
themselves. If you want to visit a lake in the Midwest, don't miss this one!
One unique features of Lake Barkley is the interconnecting canal between Lake Barkley on the Cumberland River and
Kentucky Lake on the Tennessee River. The Cumberland River entrance is approximately 2.2 river miles above Barkley Dam with
the Tennessee River entrance located about 2.9 miles upstream from Kentucky Dam. The canal, with a bottom width of 400 feet
and a length of 1.75 miles, provides a navigable channel for both commerce and recreation craft moving on the two waterways.
Both reservoirs are operated as a unit for flood control and the production of hydroelectric power.
THE LAND BETWEEN THE LAKES:
Is the land between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. It is
well known as a water boating lover playgrounds. The Lakes
are large enough to accommodate all sizes and types of
pleasure craft. The 184 mile Kentucky Lake is bordered on the
east by Land Between the Lakes, one of Kentucky’s most
visited attractions. Inside this 170,000-acre play land you can
live out any type of outdoor recreational activity imaginable.
Kentucky Lake is the largest man-made body of water east of
the Mississippi River and one of many of a chain of lakes in
Kentucky and Tennessee constructed by the Tennessee
Valley Authority and the Army Corps of Engineers.
|Looking for something to do indoors after too much fun in the sun? Grand Rivers on Kentucky Lake is a great place to
go! This is a very unique, quaint little river town, offering an abundance of events, festivals, museums, antiques, shopping, art
galleries, history, entertainment, nightlife and the famous Historic Riverfront and Floodwall Murals. Don't miss out on a trip
downtown along tree-lined streets and brick sidewalks past turn-of-the-century buildings filled with antiques & quilt shops,
boutiques, coffee and specialty shops, as well as several fantastic one-of-a-kind restaurants.
|If you followed our advise, and left Chicago the first week in September, and if hot and spicy is your style or you prefer thick
and sweet, BBQ - for sure you want to be on the River in Paducah, Kentucky the last weekend in September, where there is live
music, crafts, BBQ cook-offs, and tons of mouthwatering food.
After that, it is on to the Annual Hunter’s Moon Festival in Grand Rivers, Kentucky which is the largest fall festival in the lakes
area. It includes everything from beauty pageants to street dances, craft shows, Taste of the Lakes, and a parade filled with
floats and bands, you won’t want to miss a moment of the three day event.
|embankment built in 1944. Kentucky Dam's construction was part of a federal plan to control floods in the Ohio and Mississippi
rivers and develop their tributaries. Located in the Western Kentucky, beautiful Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake are within what is
Covering over 160,300 acres of recognized as middle America, and thus the name "Heartland of America". When speaking on
"inland lakes and rivers" this is the most popular boating destination in America. You don't want to miss any of it while you are
Thinking of a side-trip to
You will find hundreds of
safe and beautiful
anchorages and lots of
great stuff to see and do
Don't miss Capt John's "Sailing the Caribbean"
America's Great Loop, serves as great a "training ground" for continuing
your voyage into the Caribbean. So, after you complete your Great Loop
experience, you may want to take your next "detour" deep into the beautful
Caribbean. So be sure to check out our "Sailors of the Caribbean" link -
where we continue our voyage in the winter, south into the warm and beautiful
waters of the Caribbean.
There is a link to this site on our links page.
|This route offers
over 100 Marinas
Gulf of Mexico,