Kentucky Lake News and Events
Stay up-to-date on the latest news and events going on around Kentucky Lake and the Land Between the Lakes area.
The Solar Eclipse is just around the corner! In just 4 short months, on August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible from the west to east coast of the United States. If you haven’t started planning, now is the time to start preparing your trip to the Kentucky Lake area for spectacular views of the eclipse.
Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley is sure to be a hotspot for visitors during the Eclipse. For around 2.5 minutes, the Eclipse will be visible from many towns in the Land Between the Lakes area.
What is the a Total Solar Eclipse?
A total solar eclipse occurs when the apparent size of the Moon is larger than the Sun. This blocks all of the sunlight to Earth turning the bright daylight sky into darkness. This eclipse will repeat roughly every 18 years producing eclipses that last between 3 and 7 minutes in length. The last eclipse was in 1999 and the next one won’t be until 2035.
Watch the Eclipse in Western Kentucky
Western Kentucky has one of the longest durations to view the eclipse, making it one of the best places in the US to catch a glimpse! There are several great towns throughout Western Kentucky to view the solar eclipse. If you’re coming to the area you may want to check out these locations:
With the longest duration of 2 minutes and 41 seconds, this is one of the longest durations to see the eclipse. Totality starts at 1:24:39pm CDT.
Princeton is another great option to see the eclipse with a duration of 2 minutes and 40 seconds. Totality starts at 1:23:34pm CDT.
With 2 minutes and 38 seconds of total duration. Totality starts at 1:23:07pm CDT.
With a duration 2 minutes and 31 seconds of totality, this is another great spot to catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse. Totality starts at 1:22:57pm CDT.
About an hour west of Hopkinsville, Paducah Kentucky still offers about 2 minutes and 21 seconds of viewing. Totality starts at 1:22:15pm CDT.
Another great spot to view the eclipse with a totality duration of 1 minute, 59 seconds. Totality starts at 1:23:43pm CDT.
Where to Stay for the Kentucky Solar Eclipse
Many people started booking hotels and lodging nearly a year ago to watch the eclipse. So if you haven’t already booked your hotel, now is the time to start looking for a spot.
If you’re as excited as we area, you’ve already booked your lodging and area already making plans to head out to the Kentucky Lake area for spectacular views of the eclipse. We’re looking forward to it and we hope you have an excellent time in the area!
Staycations are the hot new trend in travel. In our region, this is definitely something locals and folks living near the regional can get into. We are very fortunate in the Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley areas to be surrounded by a multitude of different lake area adventures that can end with us back in our own beds at the end of the day.
On the lake itself, there is much to do but each town in the Kentucky Lake and Barkley Lake region offers opportunities as well. Hazel, Kentucky, with their antique shops can keep you busy for hours. Paducah, Kentucky, with their Unesco Creative City title offers lots to see with the arts. Murray, Kentucky, has Racer sporting events that are great for any sports fan. Grand Rivers, Kentucky, can offer you entertainment through a show at the Badgett Playhouse. This is just a list of four places to explore, can you imagine what you will find in the other 20 cities around the region?
Experience beautiful Kentucky Lake and the surrounding areas year round. Throughout the year, you can enjoy one of the many events or festivals going on around the lakes. We want visitors to the area to have an enjoyable and memorable experience when, so we’ve put together a quick vacation guide for your visit to the Kentucky Lake area.
There’s certainly plenty to do in the Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley area of Western Kentucky. From boating, fishing, and camping to shopping, dining, and relaxing - you’re bound to have a wonderful stay when you visit.
Land Between the Lakes - The Land Between the Lakes area is situated between the two lakes. Here, you can find everything from the LBL Nature Station and Elk and Bison Prairie to the amazing sights at the Planetarium and Observatory. There’s plenty to experience from the entire LBL area.
Family Activities - If you’re looking for something the whole family can enjoy, you may want to check out one of the many family parks and attractions in the area. The kids can race each other on go-karts or the whole family can compete in mini-golf. There’s also water parks, movie theaters, bowling alleys, and so much more in many of the neighboring towns.
Outdoors - The great outdoors of Western Kentucky! This is one of the most popular reasons to visit the Kentucky Lake area. There’s so much to do, that even the pickiest member of your family will certainly find something that they’ll love! The more traditional experience involves setting up camp at one of the many campgrounds in the area. From there, you can access numerous backpacking, hiking, or mountain biking trails. Dads may enjoy hitting up one of the many golf courses in the area while the kids venture out and try horseback riding or even disc golf.
On The Lakes - The lakes of Western Kentucky offer non-stop fun! From fishing and boating, to skiing, water tubing, jet skiing, and so much more! You’ll wonder where the time went as you spend your days relaxing on or by the water. Don’t have a boat? No problem! There’s plenty of marinas in the area that offer boat rentals, pontoon rentals, and even jet ski rentals.
We hope this helps point you in the right direction for enjoying your time on Kentucky Lake. There’s really so much to do and see in the area. Since so many of the attractions, restaurants, and lodging information is spread out among the different towns and counties - About Kentucky Lake is here to help consolidate the information so you can get down to enjoying your trip!
Are you ready for Halloween yet? This year, Halloween falls on a Sunday, but there are plenty of Halloween events in the Kentucky Lake area to keep the kids entertained.
The Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park in Calvert City, Kentucky has Campground Halloween Weekend on the weekend of October 21 and 22, 2016 from 7 to 8:30pm. This even is great fun for the whole family, featuring: hayrides, campsite decorating contests, crafts, games, and of course trick or treating!
In addition, the Lake Barkley State Resort Park in Cadiz, Kentucky will host it’s “Trunk or Treat” event at Boots Randolph golf course on Saturday, October 29. From 4 to 6pm, golf cart “Trunks” will be decorated for halloween and candy will be available for kids. The park will also offer a special buffet at Windows on the Water Restaurant.
These are just a few of the events going on in the area. As always, check with your local officials for specific times on trick or treating (it often varies by location).
As temperatures drop and the days become shorter, you can be certain of one thing; the Kentucky Lake area will be abundant with Festivals!
We've got Bar-B-Que - 80,000 pounds in fact just in one weekend during BBQ on the River!
We've got Races - Dragon Boat Races right on the Ohio River!
We've got Ham - The World's Largest Country Ham Biscuit courtesy of the Guniess Book of World Records!
The entire family is sure to have a blast spending time watching the Dragon Boat Festival and Barbecue on the River in September in Paducah, Kentucky to the Annual Crittenden County Pumpkin Festival and the Cadiz Ham Festivals in October and the River's Edge International Film Festival held in November in Paducah, Kentucky.
No matter if you're favortite activity is eating, playing games or learning about the rich history of Western Kentucky, you'll find it all in the fall around Kentucky lake and Lake Barkley!
Eat and Play in Western Kentucky this Fall Season for unforgettable memories and weekends filled with joy!
For a complete listing of the Western Waterlands Area Festivals, visit Our Events page!
One year from today on Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible from the west coast to the east coast. If you haven’t started making your travel plans, now is certainly the time! With hotel accommodations and lodging filling up nearly a year in advance, you’ll want to plan your visit to Western Kentucky for one of the best viewings of the eclipse.
The Kentucky Lake area is one of the best places to view the Solar Eclipse. The eclipse will be visible for 2 minutes and 41 seconds in the Hopkinsville, Kentucky area - one of the longest durations in the entire United States! (In some locations, it will only be visible for 30 seconds).
Kentucky Solar Eclipse Hotels and Lodging
Since Western Kentucky has one of the longest durations to view the eclipse, where should you go to see the eclipse? The good news is “just about anywhere” in the area. With hotels and lodging reservations starting months ago, you may start to have a tough time when making your reservation. Don’t worry though, there are several great spots throughout Western Kentucky to view the solar eclipse!
Hopkinsville, Kentucky - With the longest duration of 2 minutes and 41 seconds, this is one of the longest durations to see the eclipse. Totality starts at 1:24:39pm CDT.
Princeton, Kentucky - Princeton is another great option to see the eclipse with a duration of 2 minutes and 40 seconds. Totality starts at 1:23:34pm CDT.
Kuttawa, Kentucky - With 2 minutes and 38 seconds of total duration. Totality starts at 1:23:07pm CDT.
Marion, Kentucky - With a duration 2 minutes and 31 seconds of totality, this is another great spot to catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse. Totality starts at 1:22:57pm CDT.
Paducah, Kentucky - About an hour west of Hopkinsville, Paducah Kentucky still offers about 2 minutes and 21 seconds of viewing. Totality starts at 1:22:15pm CDT.
Aurora, Kentucky - Another great spot to view the eclipose with a totality duration of 1 minute, 59 seconds. Totality starts at 1:23:43pm CDT.
These are just some of the great places in the area to view the eclipse. If you’re interested in seeing this once in a lifetime event, you’ll want to start planning your trip and accommodations now. A number of hotels in the area are already taking reservations, so you should plan accordingly if you don’t want to miss out! While you’re in the area, you can take advantage of some of the beautiful sights and activities in the area. Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, and the entire Land Between the Lakes area is a great place to spend your family vacation.
As excited as we are about the Total Solar Eclipse in Western Kentucky, you should do detailed research before scheduling any trips. The information here is provided as-is with no guarantee to accuracy or suitability for viewing the eclipse. For more information, you can check out the page on the NASA website.
Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley is one of the most popular vacation spots in Western Kentucky. No matter what you're looking for, you're certain to have a blast whenever you visit.
We're a big fan of the outdoors. Living so close to LBL area makes it easy for us to enjoy the variety of activities in the area. The typical weekend has us mountaining biking on the Canal Loop at LBL. And no trip to the Canal Loop is complete without hitting up some of the great restaurants in the area.
Kentucky Lake is the perfect location for outdoor-lovers. Even if you aren't the most outdoorsy of people, you'll bound to have a great time when visiting. The luxury resorts in the area make the area a home away from home. You can spend your time on the golf course or visit some of the local shopping in Western Kentucky.
The Land Between the Lakes area in Western Kentucky offers lake resorts, premier golfing, family-friendly activites, and camping. Start planning your trip now and we'll see you on the water!
A total solar eclipse will take place on Monday, August 21, 2017. The greatest extent of the solar eclipse will be between Hopkinsville, Kentucky and Princeton, Kentucky. This will be the first time since the 1970's that a total solar eclipse will be visible from the southeastern United States.
A solar eclipse occures when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun. This obscures the image of the Sun from our view on Earth. A total solar eclipse occurs when the apparent diameter of the Moon is larger than that of the sun, therefore blocking all direct sunlight to Earth. This turns the daylight into darkness for a few brief moments.
Eclipse Facts and Information:
- The solar eclipse will be visible through a narrow portion of the United States
- The longest duration of totality will be just under 3 minutes.
- This eclipse will be the first total solar eclipse visible from the United States since 1991, which was only visible from Hawaii
- This is the first visible total solar eclipse from the contiguous United States since 1979
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