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Kenlake State Resort Park
Map of the U.S. state of Kentucky showing the location of Kenlake State Resort Park
Location Calloway and Marshall Counties, Kentucky, USA
Nearest city Hardin, Kentucky
Coordinates 36°45′40″N 88°08′33″W / 36.76111°N 88.1425°W / 36.76111; -88.1425Coordinates: 36°45′40″N 88°08′33″W / 36.76111°N 88.1425°W / 36.76111; -88.1425
Area 162,095 acres (655.98 km2)

Kenlake State Resort Park is a park located on the western shore of Kentucky Lake. The park's main entrance and most of its facilities are located in Marshall County; the park also extends into Calloway County. The nearest town of substantial size is Murray. The park encompasses 1,795 acres (7.26 km2) of land, 160,300 acres (649 km2) of water, and features climate-controlled indoor tennis courts.[1] It was Kentucky's first state resort park.[2]

Along with Lake Barkley State Resort Park and Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Kenlake State Resort Park is part of the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, originally organized by the Great Depression-era Tennessee Valley Authority. The area that became Kenlake State Resort Park was purchased by the Tennessee Valley Authority while building the Kentucky Dam, the building of which created the man-made lake with the most beach area in the world: Kentucky Lake. Originally called Aurora Landing, when the Tennessee Valley Authority transferred control to the state of Kentucky it was renamed Kentucky Lake State Park.[3]

Kenlake State Resort Park's 48-room hotel, the Kenlake Hotel, is the only hotel in a Kentucky State Park that has interior room doors.[4] The property also includes 34 cottages, some of which belonged originally to the defunct Cherokee State Park, which was nearby.[5][6] A 90-site camping-ground is also available for overnight stays.[7]

Kenlake State Resort Park contains what was originally the aforementioned Cherokee State Park, the Southern United States (including Kentucky's) first blacks only state park. [5]

There are several activities available at the park. Fishing is a popular pastime; crappie are the most popular fish at the park, with bluegill, catfish, sauger, and various types of bass also available.[8][7] Unlike other state parks, there is only .7 miles of hiking trails at the park.[9] It is also the premier place in Kentucky for big boat sailing.[10]


  1. ^ Kleber, John E., ed (1992). "Parks, State". The Kentucky Encyclopedia. Associate editors: Thomas D. Clark, Lowell H. Harrison, and James C. Klotter. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0813117720.  
  2. ^ Molloy p.196
  3. ^ Bailey p.173
  4. ^ Bailey p.173
  5. ^ a b "Cherokee State Park (Kentucky Lake, KY)". Notable Kentucky African Americans Database. Retrieved 2009-01-16.  
  6. ^ Bailey p.175
  7. ^ a b "Kenlake State Park". Retrieved 2009-01-17.  
  8. ^ Bailey pp.178,179
  9. ^ Bailey p.180
  10. ^ Salisbury p.41
  • Bailey, Bill (1995). Kentucky State Parks. Glovebox Guidebooks of America. ISBN 1881139131.  
  • Molloy, Johnny (2003). The Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area Handbook. Menasha Ridge Press. ISBN 0897325397.  
  • Salisbury, Leila W. (2001). Romantic Kentucky: More Than 300 Things to Do for Southern Lovers. John F. Blair. ISBN 0895872471.  


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