Barren River Lake WMA

WMA Overview

Size: 8735 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 12.63%, forest 80.07%, wetland 2.14%, open water 5.15%.


Open under statewide regulations for spring squirrel, turkey and furbearer seasons. 


On the Peninsula Unit, including Narrows, Goose and Grass islands, hunters shall not use a modern firearm to take game.

Turkey (Spring): On the Peninsula Unit, including Narrows, Goose Island and Grass Island, a person shall not use a breech-loading firearm to take a turkey.

Fall Hunting dates/regulations are currently pending. 

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 Dry Crek 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.