Land Between the Lakes

This 170,000 acre playground is ready for outdoor fun!

Grand Rivers is West Kentucky’s premier waterfront resort community and the heart of the lakes area. With two of Kentucky Lake region’s finest resort marinas – Grand Rivers resorts offer waterfront cottages and condos and unlimited access to water recreation. Visit our lodging page to discover a collection of Kentucky Lakes lodging from waterfront resorts to quaint lodging in the heart of town.

Have you ever stood before a Bald Eagle? Have you danced a reel at an 1850’s wedding celebration or seen the great American bison rolling in a buffalo wallow? The family attractions at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation area (LBL), bring the region’s history, science and environment to life. Attractions include Woodlands Nature Station, The Homeplace working farm, the Elk and Bison Prairie and the Golden Pond Planetarium. Land Between the Lakes national recreation area is located between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, and features 170,000 acres of wildlife, history and outdoor recreational opportunities including 300 miles of undeveloped shoreline and 200 miles of hiking and biking trails.

Patti’s 1880’s Restaurant started as “Hamburger Patti’s Ice Cream Parlor,” opening in 1977 with a seating capacity of only 20 people. Today it has grown into Patti’s 1880’s Restaurant with seating for over 400. They are famous for their 2″ thick pork chops, mile-high meringue pie, and flowerpot bread. Be sure to schedule enough time to explore the beautiful gardens, unique gift shops and then play a game of miniature golf or mine for gold. To top off your adventures, take in a show at the Badgett Playhouse, located across from Patti’s Settlement. Need Lodging? Within minutes of Patti’s a room awaits you at Patti’s Inns and Suites or Rose of the Lake B&B.

Enjoy a 15 – 20-minute carriage tour through Little Lake Park and the village. Available weekends during the summer. Private rides are available. Boarding in front of the Badgett Playhouse on JH O’Bryan Avenue.The Badgett Playhouse strives to bring quality entertainment and awareness through the Performing Arts to the Grand Rivers community and surrounding areas. High-caliber talent, music, and performances in this 6,000-square-foot facility are located on JH O’Bryan in Grand Rivers behind the Welcome Center. It features state-of-the-art sound and lighting (including moving light fixtures), and 15 exciting shows per year! This summer’s show include The Fabulous 50s Show, Super 60s Show, the 70s Show and the Awesome 80s Show.

Grand Rivers resorts offer waterfront cottages and condos and unlimited access to water recreation. Located on Lake Barkley in Grand Rivers, Green Turtle Bay Resort offers fully appointed 1 – 4 bedroom waterfront and water view vacation rental condominiums. Green Turtle Bay Resort is listed as the number one Family Resort in Kentucky by ResortsandLodging.com. The Marina was voted a Best Stop by the Great Loopers Association and holds a 5 Anchor designation from Quimby’s Cruising Guide.

For campers, Corp of Engineers Managed Campground on Barkley Lake. Visitors can enjoy boating, fishing, and swimming as well as many other outdoor activities. Canal Campground has 110 campsites available along Lake Barkley’s shoreline.  Canal Campground offers 50-amp electricity, water, sewer sites, playground, accessible restrooms/shower house, telephone, swim beach and a launching ramp.  An abundance of wildlife can be seen here including deer and geese. Project Office (270) 362-4840  Advanced campsite reservations are recommended and can be made by calling toll-free 877-444-6777.

Aug. 2021 Special Activities planned:

Grand Rivers Golf Cart Poker Run

Aug. 13 -The annual Golf Cart Poker Run, sponsored by Green Turtle Bay Resort, will be held on Friday, August 13, from 6 – 8 PM. Participants will build their hands at various businesses around Grand Rivers. The “Best Hand” will win $250, The “Worst Hand”, $150. 25 lucky participants will have a chance to win $25,000 and $25,000 for the local Special Olympics. ALL Proceeds from this event are donated to the local Special Olympics. It’s a great afternoon of fun for a great cause!

Marina Day

Aug. 14 – A great day of family fun on the lake at the Green Turtle Bay Marina Day Festival! The day is filled with family fun events, games, water activities, live stage shows, vendors, food, live music, and much more. The evening ends with one of the largest and most elaborate firework displays in the lakes area! This is a don’t miss event!