Barren River Lake WMA

WMA Overview

Size: 8734 acres
Location: Allen & Barren
Contact: (270) 646-5167; COE office (270) 646-2055
Elevation: minimum 482 feet, maximum 752 feet.
Entrance GPS coordinates: Latitude N 36.8777, Longitude W -86.0556
Area Habitat: open land 10.03%, forest 84.29%, wetland 0.78%, open water 5.03%.


Open under statewide rules and regulations except:

Rabbit and Quail Seasons: Open November 1 – December 31, 2022. At Yellowbank WMA, no small game hunting is allowed on designated pheasant quota hunt units during the pheasant quota hunt period.

Fall Turkey: On the Peninsula Unit, including Narrows, Goose and Grass islands, hunters may use a muzzle-loading shotgun or crossbow during the fall firearm season and may use a crossbow during the fall archery season.

Other Restrictions: On the Peninsula Unit, including Narrows, Goose and Grass islands, hunters shall not use Modern Firearms to take game.

Directions & Description

WMA consists of shoreline surrounding Barren River Lake. Access from US 31E and KY 87, 98, 100 and KY 252, and by lake.

Hilly to gently sloping terrain, with woodlands and cleared bottomlands maintained for wildlife.

Peninsula Unit, Grass, Goose, Mason and Narrows islands open to primitive weapons hunting only. Tailwater Campground open year-round; no camping on management area. The Goose Island Unit is the mobility impaired designated area. Boating, fishing on Barren Lake. Camping, golf, horseback riding, swimming, and lodge accommodations at nearby Barren River Lake State Resort Park.

Owned by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.