Kentucky Lake

Anchorages on the Lake

There are 8 safe anchorages within 10 miles of Kenlake Marina. The most popular for Kenlakers are Ledbetter, Rhodes, Higgins, and Duncan. Rhodes is the only bay without a shoal across much of the opening. The shoals in other bays always extend south from the north side. Until you get familiar with getting in and out of a bay always consult a chart for the location of the shoals.  Vickers is used by large houseboats. You can anchor in Turkey but it's noisy from the four wheelers that tear about and even go out on the shoal in the fall when the water drops. Anderson is a good anchorage but there are now some homes there in the Western Shores development.  Ledbetter is State Park land on all sides with two small private properties. 

Water depths in Kentucky Lake are measured from sea level. At summer pool the water is 359 ft.above sea level.  In the fall and winter the water drops to 354 ft or 5 ft less. At any time of year you will always have 10-15 ft of depth in all the bays. You can check the water levels with the TVA Lake Levels website or smartphone app.

Sunset Harbor Hill Boatyard has a marine travel lift and is a good nearby place to get bottom paint jobs done on boats. It is less than 3 miles by water and is on the map above just south of Kenlake Marina.

Restaurants by Water

The map shows two locations that are ideal for early morning breakfasts, Bee Springs Lodge and Moores Resort. The water is usually calm and it's an ideal run in a jet ski, RIB, or run-about to get there. There is docking at both locations. Many more good and fun restaurants are located at Paris Landing State Park, Fat Daddys, Leatherwood Marina, Breakers at Swan Point, Green Turtle Bay, Buzzard Rock, Kutawa Marina, Eddie Creek Marina, and Prizer Point Marina. All have docking facilities and offer overnight stays.


Kenlake Marina is the ideal location for boaters from Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, and of course - Kentucky. Slip holders come from relatively long distances away, (even Chicago),  and stay the whole weekend or weeks living on their boats.


Green Turtle Bay Marina, 20 miles by water on Barkley Lake has a boatyard with two marine travel lists.

Rottgering Marine, is 30 miles by water on Barkley Lake and also has haulout capability. 







Hello Everyone! Well the first busy season is in the books and it was outstanding. We learned a great deal and got to know all of our fantastic boaters. We are wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season! We are in the middle of a major remodel of our diner and ship store which is anticipated to be complete by March 1 2017. We will be expanding our hours and menu substantially this next year so keep an eye out for information.

Annual Slip Sale:

We are currently running a fantastic deal on our 2017 annual slip prices as follows:

Slip Size       Annual Rate

30 CVD          $2,100
40 CVD          $3,300
50 CVD          $4,300
60 CVD          $5,200
70 UNCVD     $4,300
For all new slip renters you get an additional 10% off the above prices for the first year and we are locking these rates in for the next three years!

Cindy's on the Barge Restaurant Down for Remodel!! 

Ship's Store is open however it is not stocked due to the remodel - New Hours!

7 AM - 5 PM 7 Days a week

As Always Thank you!!, for Patronizing our Marina.


This website was created by two of our own boaters with input thanks to many other Kenlake boaters. More here and here.