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Barren River Barren River Lake Dam to Green River

Meador, Kentucky

Barren River Barren River Lake Dam to Green River

Barren River: Barren River Lake Dam to Green River Professional Guide

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"The Barren River is one of Kentucky’s big rivers. Originating in southern Monroe and Allen Counties near the Tennessee border southeast of Bowling Green, it makes up the main drainage system for a large, four-county area and finally empties into the Green River southeast of Morgantown.

It could be very effectively argued that Kentucky’s longest and largest river should indeed be the Barren and not the Green. At their confluence, the Barren is easily the larger of the two rivers. Below Barren River Dam the river can be run all year, with easy access at several points. Deadfalls and occasional sandbars at low water are the only hazards to navigation."

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Lafayette, LA
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8/4/2018
I was really surprised to find such awesome paddling opportunities in Kentucky. I always associated Kentucky with caves, but never stopped to think about how great the paddling would also be in the Bluegrass State. The Barren River is a large river, so you’ll see a lot of boat activity here. The best paddling spot is above Drake’s Creek, which is in close proximity to Bowling Green. Here, you’ll find lots of islands where you can stop and relax, eat, nap, or even set up camp. Barren River Lake State Park is a great home base for paddling and exploring this area. They have a pet-friendly lodge and pet-friendly cabins (2 pets per room) and a great campground for tent and RV campers. The park is gorgeous and there is plenty to do there for anyone who enjoys the outdoors, both on and off the water.
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Trail Information

Meador
Nearby City
92.1
Distance
Class I-II
Class
Tailwater Recreation Area
Local Contacts
USGS Lucas, Meador, Parkville, Bowling Green South, Bowling Green North, Hadley, Riverside
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