Green Turtle Bay Resort

$1.45/ft/night • $8.50/ft/week • Electric Included

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263 Green Turtle Bay Drive
Grand Rivers, KY 42045-0102
Check-in after 01:00 PM
Check-out before 11:00 AM
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84 Reviews

by Dawn S. - Verified user on Nov 21, 2023
Very nice Marina. Great accommodations! One warning…. We fueled up. Quoted price of $4.45 but was not told that does NOT include tax. Fuel price always includes tax. Be aware. Gentlemen at fuel dock were very helpful and friendly. Lady at the marina store not so much….

by Tom L. - Verified user on Nov 14, 2023
We loved Green Turtle Bay! First I must compliment the service department. We needed to have a prop straightened due to a log hit on the Mississippi. We called ahead and they put us on the schedule. When we arrived, we were pulled quickly, they put us back in the water so that we could stay on our boat, loaned us a van to take the props to the prop shop, and when we got them back next day, put them back on. The price was very reasonable. Great communication from Gayla and David. The facility, even in the off season was great. We enjoyed the two restaurants and took advantage of the Spa facilities for haircuts. The shower rooms were clean and convenient to the docks. We will definately be back! Update: November 2023 - Another great stop at Green Turtle Bay. Again, cudos to the service department for great service. Stellar facility, love the shuttle to town. The only disappointment is that the Tippsy Turtle was closed during the peak of Looper Season.

by Michael H. - Verified user on Nov 11, 2023
Great place. Very accommodating and flexible. Courtesy golf cart to from town, for Tips

by Jodi C. - Verified user on Nov 07, 2023
Great stay. Shower/restroom suites clean. Washer/dryers worked great. All staff was very helpful and accommodating. Well stocked ship store. Had an important letter sent. I had to sign for it when it arrived. That tells me that are very careful with packages and mail that come in for boaters. Would definitely stay here again.

by Kurt K. - Verified user on Nov 06, 2023
Great stop on the Loop to provision, relax, get a little pampered. Was here in 2019 and again 2023. Staff is friendly and helpful.

by Larry C. - Verified user on Nov 06, 2023
Excellent stop. Enjoyed the the dinner very much Great amenities

by Alain R. - Verified user on Nov 06, 2023
Excellent Marina. Beautiful place.

by Michael M. - Verified user on Nov 04, 2023
Great people great service. We will stay longer next time around. Patti’s is a great restaurant in r town also

by Gary Z. - Verified user on Nov 03, 2023
Lots of amenities in a great location. Staff was always available to assist.

by Kris R. - Verified user on Oct 28, 2023
Great marina!! We loved everything from the people, the facilities (showers, laundry), to the docks, easy to access, the courtesy car, beautiful property, Patti’s restaurant, shuttle car availability, restaurant & pubs on property!! What a terrific stay!!

by phil m. - Verified user on Oct 27, 2023
Restaurant, ship store, courtesy car and cost of dockage were great. Dock condition was rickety. BUT We had our 2 60 hp outboards serviced at their Boatworks: oil/filter/impeller/lower unit lube. Hauled out 7 hrs, watched them work shy of 2.5 hrs. Billed us for 5 hr labor and had the huevos to tell is that they only billed for half of the labor they usually would. Same service at Harbor Vue Marina near Little Current Canada was half the time hauled at half the cost…. Caveat Emptor.

by Richard H. - Verified user on Oct 23, 2023
Looper group always welcome to this convenient and service oriented marina.

by Jona C. - Verified user on Oct 21, 2023
Clean, friendly and peaceful. Great place!

by Shelley R. - Verified user on Oct 20, 2023
Wonderful folks. Our only issue was we were far from the transient dock and the rest of the loopers. Pier 5 was a very, very long walk to take the pup.

by Pam or Jeff P. - Verified user on Oct 19, 2023
GTB has everything you need.

by Jim A. - Verified user on Oct 17, 2023
Marina was nice and facilities are clean. Has a courtesy van which was very helpful. Patties restaurant has a free shuttle to pick you up. If you stay here you have to go eat there.

by Jay P. - Verified user on Oct 16, 2023
Always love staying here. Nice people and easy access to town.

by Dale K. - Verified user on Oct 07, 2023
The staff was very friendly and helpful.

by Daniel B. - Verified user on Oct 01, 2023
Slip was nice and close to the condo, staff were very helpful, everything was well-maintained.

by Gary S. - Verified user on Sep 21, 2023
Full service marina with friendly locals.

by James L. - Verified user on Aug 20, 2023
Awesome place ! Nice docks, great amenities!

by Matthew M. - Verified user on Jul 24, 2023
We'll start with the good. The rented dock space was very close to sidewalk access. Did get a discount for being a BoatUS member. The bad: We called the resort to reserve two golf carts (group of 7 people). Upon arrival they said only one was written down and there were none available. We clown car'd 7 people on a golf cart the entire weekend. We went to Between the Lakes bar/grill to eat. When we came out our cart was gone and another was left there. We had to hunt for our cart. After waiting an hour at the rental office, the swapper brought us our cart. There should be unique keys for each cart. If the other person damaged our cart, I'm sure they wouldve been looking at us for money. All in all, good stay. But they do need to tweak a few things.

by Bret R. - Verified user on Jul 24, 2023
Clean, friendly and docks in good shape

by John B. - Verified user on Jul 13, 2023
Same as always Perfect!!

by Sharon V. - Verified user on Jul 10, 2023
Very nice unit. Brought the grandkids down, they loved it!

by Randy V. - Verified user on Jul 09, 2023
Awesome time, great resort and marina!

by Dave S. - Verified user on Jul 07, 2023
The dock space was perfect and the staff was extremely helpful and friendly! We will be back again!

by Christi F. - Verified user on Jul 05, 2023
Everything was very clean and well furnished in our unit 401… one of our sky lights in the bathroom leaked pretty bad during the storm! Hate that for the owners! our slip rental for our boat was easy and quick! Unfortunately we didn’t get to eat at the Yacht Club restaurant due to storms and power outage. We did eat at Thirsty Turtle a few diff times. Was disappointed we couldn’t eat under one of the gazebos by the water, the staff said it was because they didn’t have enough servers to walk out there and wait on us. When your at the lake you like to eat on the water so maybe they can work on that issue. Having a golf cart was a major PLUS! We will be back and would for sure rent unit 401 again!!

by Dick H. - Verified user on Jun 28, 2023
Easy in/out transient slip close to bathhouse. Excellent toilet/shower rooms. Golf cart rentals to get into town if walking a mile in the heat is not your thing. Lots of space at fuel dock for fuel and pumpout. Boat yard on site for urgent repairs.

by Paul M. - Verified user on Apr 25, 2023
We love Green Turtle Bay and the town of Grand Rivers

by Patty S. on Dec 13, 2022
We really enjoyed our time here. We spent a week. Great docks and facilities and enjoyable time spent in the town of Grand Rivers. Spa on site but book in advance. Staff a bit streched and service suffers sometimes but overall a really great stop.

by Doreen S. - Verified user on Nov 16, 2022
What a great place \nLove being able to swim and work out finally and have a pedicure \nMy husband loved the ship store and we were able to get done work on the boat \nThirsty turtle was a nice place and great pizza. Commonwealth had fun happy hour and nice to meet up with loopers \nLove the town of grand river and patties settlement

by Daniel M. on Nov 14, 2022
The marina is well run and well maintained. We had a great experience there. Particularly grateful for the help of Ms Pascal in the main office. Thank you!

by Kelly S. - Verified user on Nov 02, 2022
Great staff and fantastic accommodations. Would stay here again when in the area.

by Anne W. on Oct 31, 2022
This is an awesome marina! The facilities are clean and very accommodating. The staff is excellent and very friendly. There are two courtesy cars, a spa and golf carts for rent. We walked to town a couple of times, which is only about a mile away. Everything you need is right here. It’s a great place for a relaxing stay.

by Paul B. - Verified user on Oct 27, 2022
Nice place, good folks very helpful

by Teresa S. - Verified user on Oct 24, 2022
Shane, John, Robin, and the entire crew are the epitome of hospitality and flexibility. Very responsive to requests and needs. The marina itself has everything a boater might want: courtesy car, restaurants, ship store, service department at Boat Works, sparkling clean individual restroom/shower, fuel, pump out, ice… We liked it so much we are doing a u-turn at Grand Harbor and going back. Thank you Green Turtle Bay! Scott and Teresa, GREEN EYES

by Bryan H. - Verified user on Oct 23, 2022
Excellent marina with courtesy car and great staff. Loved this marina!

by Andrew H. - Verified user on Oct 21, 2022
A truly great marina in beautiful surroundings

by Bill C. - Verified user on Oct 15, 2022
While they were extremely busy and fully booked, they were very friendly and accommodating. An outstanding facility on The Cumberland River and natural stop for any Looper.

by Gary W. - Verified user on Oct 12, 2022
The good: Only stayed one night. Seems to have everything. Used the courtesy van for reprovisioning. Decent small grocery store nearby but liquor store next door doesn't open until 11. ATM inside marina. The bad: Poorly lit entrance to marina, easily missed. Shallower than indicated on navionics so must carefully monitor depth. Do not come in after dark without good spotlight to follow unlit markers. Did not find website to have slip number and marina layout online.

by Graeme W. - Verified user on Oct 12, 2022
Stayed near the office, very convenient. Very friendly staff, great facilities that we used. Great to have a courtesy car to get to Walmart. Good value.

by Michelle D. - Verified user on Oct 10, 2022
Staff was very helpful on arrival. We fueled up and then went over to our slip. Nice areas to walk and take the pups too. Big wide slips on the t dock. Would definitely come back

by Debbie C. - Verified user on Oct 10, 2022
Delightful visit, beautiful area.

by Bob H. on Oct 10, 2022
Top notch facilities and staff. Highly recommend!!!

by Greg M. on Oct 10, 2022
Great marina but they completely left us in the lurch when it came to the repairs we wanted done. We were initially told they were short-staffed. No problem. On the Wednesday we got there we were told they'd have a look at it by Friday, and then if parts were necessary they'd have to order them and that could take a week, so we would need to stay for at least that long. The first Friday came and went, no visit from them. So we waited on the boat for the entire following week. Having gotten to the next Friday and having given up on ever seeing them we booked a trip out of town without the boat. They came by at 4pm on that Friday afternoon and then phoned us asking where the keys to the boat were. Seriously? We sat on the boat for over a WEEK, were told they would call us when they were on their way over, and then an hour after we leave the boat they finally come by and want to know why we didn't leave the keys on our unattended boat? So they apologized and said they'd be there first thing Monday morning. Monday, no show. I called them, they said Tuesday. Tuesday, no show. By now it was pointless. So we spent 15 days there at the height of their busy season when they were trying to keep boats moving through and got nothing at all. And the poor harbormaster had to make an exception and let us stay longer than she was supposed to because we were promised service. She really could have used the space and we didn't want to be there. So, great marina, nice restaurant, very nice staff on the docks and in the ship store, and a service department that never does what they say they will do sums it up. Why make promises over and over again and not deliver? Who benefits from that?

by Diana P. - Verified user on Oct 06, 2022
Very accommodating staff even when completely overwhelmed.

by Christi L. - Verified user on Sep 24, 2022
Always love staying at GTB! Due to the hot weather, the pool was especially nice!

by Elizabeth L. - Verified user on Sep 21, 2022
Marina is nice. But don’t expect and mechanic services. They promised to have a diver to remove prop, repair prop onsite, put prop back on ,done. They would come to boat when we arrived at 4pm. We called them at 5:50 but they would come next morning b/w 8:15-8:30. We cld them at 9am. They would have to haul boat, send prop to Bradenton Fl and once back replace it. Would take 4wks!!!!😳😳😳this is an unreliable exceptional poor business Go elsewhere. We went to aqua harbor in Iuka, MI. Took a few days at a slow speed to get there but much better and honest business. Elizabeth

by Loren R. - Verified user on Sep 20, 2022
great staff nice place

by Kate K. - Verified user on Aug 23, 2022
What a great place to stay! We enjoyed all the amenities and the conveniences they offered.

by Anonymous - Verified user on Jul 24, 2022
Nice marina. Clean restrooms. Friendly and knowledgeable employees.

by jerry h. - Verified user on Jul 09, 2022
Amazing staff everywhere

by Mary L. on Nov 06, 2021
Friendly staff, pet friendly. Good restaurants. Would come back again!

by James S. - Verified user on Oct 27, 2021
Excellent resort with outstanding service.

by Melanie C. - Verified user on Oct 25, 2021
Great staff and very good facilities.

by Val T. - Verified user on Oct 24, 2021
Our stay here was exactly what we were told to expect - excellent! Robin was very accommodating even when we had to change the date of reservation and then add another night. The courtesy vehicle was a lifesaver! Would definitely recommend to anyone.

by Jim A. - Verified user on Oct 20, 2021
Green Turtle Bay is always a great place to stay. They did go above and beyond to satisfy any of my concerns. Their repair facility seems to have problems with mechanics coming to work or getting qualified mechanics. I do not think this issue is unique to GTB, but I have seen it at many, many marinas. They do the best they can.

by Paige B. - Verified user on Oct 14, 2021
I have never visited a place where everyone actively encouraged me to join in a conversation, have a meal, or become a towny and watch the parade. Other than the parade, there is no real reason to leave the camous. This marina is a perfect home away from home for children to adults. We can’t wait to visit again in the future.

by Jeff W. - Verified user on Oct 13, 2021
Liked the looper discount. Pet access is good. Would stay here again.

by Brad K. - Verified user on Oct 11, 2021
Absolutely beautiful roomy marina! Professional helpful and friendly staff. I hope the new owners coming soon handle the place the same way.

by Jim H. on Oct 08, 2021
One of the best. Not only a top tier marina, but great service work too.

by Alex S. - Verified user on Oct 06, 2021
Very nice. Dock hands were very pleasant and helpful Good places to eat and a nice little town to visit

by Courtney B. - Verified user on Sep 19, 2021
Very enjoyable and the marina office lead Shane was absolutely great to work with and Tommy was very nice too! They went way out of their way to give advice and help us find different boat parts!

by Evelyn S. - Verified user on Aug 24, 2021
Great service at the gas dock; golf carts to take you to their restaurants, or into Grand Rivers for restaurants; nice pool available for boaters. Without a doubt, the best resort on Lake Barkley/Kentucky Lake.

by william S. - Verified user on Jul 27, 2021
Our stay at Green Turtle Bay was great!! Shane and Trenton took good care of us while we were there. All of the amenities were first class! We plan to go back next year and stay for a month. We love it there!! Joyce and Larry Ranger Tug C.A.L.M.

by Jason K. on Jul 05, 2021
Thumbs up 👍..........

by Skip P. on Nov 17, 2020
Stopped for one night. Liked it so much stayed for 3. Great service from super friendly staff.

by Deborah C. - Verified user on Nov 13, 2020
Wow we love it here

by Jackie D. - Verified user on Sep 02, 2020
Everyone we encountered was friendly and helpful. Dock staffers were knowledgeable, courteous and efficient. Facilities were clean and well cared for. Our 4 bedroom condo was perfect for our group. Great layout and very well supplied. We cooked most all meals and had all we needed in dishes, pans, etc. We’ve all agreed we will return.

by Stephen S. - Verified user on Nov 13, 2019
Enjoyed our stay and the experienced dock hands. Well stocked ships store with great end of season discounts.

by Jim S. - Verified user on Oct 05, 2019
Friendly staff, great facilities (pools, bar, restaurant, golf carts, and more). Only reason for not a 5 star is the restroom facilities are a long walk. Would definitely stay here again.

by Gigi G. - Verified user on Oct 04, 2019
Nice marina and resort. Lots of amenities- two pools, courtesy cars, golf carts for rent, free shuttle to town (5 minutes) , fuel, pump out, two restaurants on property, very nice shower suites. Decided to stay longer.

by Alan H. - Verified user on Sep 13, 2019
Friendly staff. Shuttles to Thirsty Turtle restaurant for delicious fried fish. Laundry facilities with 3 washers and dryers. Pool was refreshing on a hot day.

by Frank H. - Verified user on Aug 13, 2019
Love GTB, all the staff is so friendly and accommodating. Robin and Destiny were awesome helping us with fuel, pump out, fresh water, and getting tied up for the evening. We enjoyed use of the courtesy van as well. Can’t say enough about GTB!

by Nick C. - Verified user on Nov 17, 2018
Staff and facilities are top notch. The on site restaurant is great food with great staff in a great environment. The Owner of the resort stayed after hours and guided us in by flashlight since it was dark. Not sure he had that on his plan for a Saturday evening!

by Paul B. - Verified user on Nov 12, 2018
Great facilities and helpful staff

by Anonymous - Verified user on Oct 28, 2018
Friendly people, great docks, beautiful surroundings.

by Sean C. - Verified user on Oct 22, 2018
The marina was fine, but the boat works employees could not have been more rude. I had set up an appointment to have my mast stepped on Friday. When I got there they told me it wouldn't happen till Tuesday. After explaining that I was a looper the man I was talking to told me how much he hated loopers, explained that we are all broke and he let me know that we are all terrible at boat maintenance. I would not come back here.

by Bob M. - Verified user on Aug 21, 2018
We first came here 5 years ago when we did the Great Loop. The place and people are just as good and friendly as we remember

by robert s. - Verified user on Sep 24, 2017
Everything one could ask for motoring down the river system. Once past the Kentucky Dam lock it was like we had entered a New World and Green Turtle Resort was the entry point.

by Gene J. - Verified user on Aug 28, 2017
This Place is Great!!!

by John C. - Verified user on Aug 23, 2017
The staff were very nice and the location of the marina was ideal.

by Heather H. - Verified user on Jul 03, 2017
Awesome, great service, great facilities. Lots of fun things to do on the property. Clean and well-maintained.
Member Discounts

Dockwa and BoatUS have teamed up to bring you discounts for all BoatUS marinas. If you are a BoatUS member, go to your Dockwa account and add your BoatUS member information to get the following discounts at this marina.

  1. $.075 off/gallon of fuel

About Green Turtle Bay Resort

Green Turtle Bay Marina has earned a "Must Stop!" designation by the AGLCA "Great Loopers" and is known to cruisers from the Great Lakes to the Florida waters. Green Turtle Bay has been awarded the industry coveted Five Anchor designation from Quimby's Cruising Guide.

Our full service marina features over 450 slips for most any boat style or size from 28' to 120' uncovered slips both power and sail and from 22' to 120' covered slips for cruisers and houseboats. The Marina's transient dock offers slips convenient to all amenities. We dispense ethanol-free gasoline and marine diesel, both of which are treated with Valvtect Marine additives.

Booking Info

Stay longer! Enjoy discounted rates when you stay weekly or monthly (discount is included in price).

Attention: Guests renting a condo and a slip, please leave a ""Special Request"" on your Dockwa reservation to indicate such and we will apply our condo rental discount on your slip. Call us at (270) 362-1043 with any questions.

Dockage: Includes pools, fitness & CYC


  • Gas
  • Diesel
  • Water
  • Electrical

Listed Pump Prices

Last Updated on 12/07/2023 at 8:58AM

  • Regular Gas: $3.85

  • Diesel: $3.79


  • Maintenance Facilities
  • Ship Store
  • Dry Storage
  • Wireless Internet
  • Pumpout
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • Ice
  • Security
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • Fitness Center
  • Floating Docks
  • Oil Recycling
  • Travel Lift



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A boater’s guide to Green Turtle Bay Resort

Voted one of the “Best Stops” on the Great Loop, Green Turtle Bay offers everything a boater needs from a full service boat yard to a member-only fitness center to 3 award winning restaurants. If you plan on traveling through the Barkely and Kentucky Lakes region, you need to make sure you spend at least a few nights at this marina.

Approach and dockage

Green Turtle Bay Resort and Marina is about 1.5 miles from the Barkley Lock and Dam located at mile marker 31.7 on Lake Barkley (Cumberland River). If coming from the Barkley Lock and Dam, the channel entrance is past the federal moorings on your starboard side and marked with secondary channel markers. Do not try to cut across. Follow the “Red Right Returning” rules through the quarter mile channel to the marina.

When you approach the marina you will see an uncovered dock in front of you that is mostly filled with sailboats. The fuel dock is a bit farther in and to the left of and perpendicular to the sailboat dock. It is located in front of the marina office with a blue roof. Most of the transient slips are on the west side (opposite side from the marina entrance) of the fuel dock.

Hail the marina staff on VHF Channel 10 or 16, or call at 270-362-1043. Friendly dock hands will be there and happy to assist with fuel/pump-out or directing and helping you tie up to your slip 7 days a week. General marina hours are 8 AM - 4:30 PM in the fall/winter or 8 AM - 6 PM (8AM - 8 PM on the weekends) in the summer.

Green Turtle Bay Marina amenities


Centrally located by the fuel docks, these facilities are open 24/7. Several single bathrooms each with their own shower. Clean and accessible.


Located in the room next to the showers/bathrooms. Three washing machines and three dryers with a table to fold clean clothes. Coin operated.

Courtesy Car

A courtesy car is available for transient guests, which is great to take the short drive to explore Grand Rivers or provision at Village Market and Cafe. Green Harbor also offers a shuttle from 10 AM - 10 PM seasonally to take you anywhere within its resort grounds and Grand Rivers.

Spa & Health Center

With your dockage fee, transients are given complimentary access to the fitness center on site, equipped with an indoor pool, equipment room, weights/group fitness room, sauna and showers. After a workout, indulge with a spa treatment at the Jade and Earth Spa.

Ship’s Store

Green Turtle Bay has a large ship store on site, only a short walk from the fuel dock. They have a great stock of basic boat parts and if they don’t have it, can place an order for you to arrive in just a couple of days.

Boat Repair and Haul Out

Boat Works Marine Service is onsite and offers a range of services for gas and diesel engines as well as electrical and hydraulic boat systems. They have 25 ton, 60 ton or 70 ton lifts and are able to do mast stepping and rigging as well. They even will take your discarded oil nearby if an oil change is part of your boat chores during your stay.

Green Turtle Bay Beach

A half-mile stroll from the docks will take you to the resort’s private beach area equipped with soft sand and lounge chairs. If looking to get away from the boat while still able to enjoy water views, it’s worth a visit.

Condo Rentals

If you have friends looking to visit or just need some time off the boat, Green Turtle Bay has two, three, and four bedroom condo units for rent. They are fully furnished and equipped with full kitchens, linens/towels, laundry, and gas grills.

Green Turtle Bay Marina restaurants

Commonwealth Yacht Club (CYC)

CYC is a members only club, however transient guests are granted access with their dockage. This is the most upscale dining option offered at the resort. Come for the views and variety of menu items such as CYC crab cakes, fish and chips, and NY steak.

Dockers on the Bay

If looking for a hearty breakfast on the water, Dockers on the Bay is your spot. Grab a cup of fresh brewed coffee (or a Bloody Mary) and one of their several breakfast meals while watching the sun rise over the lake. Come back for lunch for one of their various sandwich selections.

Thirsty Turtle

For a casual dinner option, stop by the Thirsty Turtle for good food, cold beer, and fun for the whole family. Come by golf cart, car, foot, or boat, and play a game of cornhole or checkers while you enjoy beautiful lake views and live music (on the weekends April-October).

Proximity to attractions by land

Patti’s 1880s Settlement

In a town of only 350 people, Patti’s serves 350,000 people and $1 million worth of pork chops a year, so you know it has to be good. What started in 1977 as Hamburger Patti’s Ice Cream Parlor has evolved into a little town of log cabins housing an outstanding restaurant, mini-golf course, ice-cream shop, gift shops, lodge, and more. They’re known for their 2 inch pork chops (the 1-inch filled us up fine) and be sure not to miss out on their flower pot bread (yes it’s bread baked in a flower pot!) or one of their delicious homemade desserts. Make sure to call to get a reservation, they can book up quickly. As a bonus they’ll even pick you up and drop you off from the marina. If you can, buffer in some time to explore all they have to offer on site.

Kentucky Dam

In case you haven’t gotten enough lock action on the water, borrow the courtesy car and head to Kentucky Lock and Dam to see it up close. While the visitors center has been closed until further notice due to COVID-19, you can still get some up close views of the river and dam.

Land Between the Lakes (LBL)

While we prefer to get here by boat, you can also access miles of hiking trails and campsites by car in the Land Between the Lakes. The 11-mile Canal Loop Trail is only an 8 minute drive from Green Turtle Bay and the Hillman Ferry Campground featuring 4.5 miles of trails is about a 15 minute drive.

Proximity to attractions by water

Land Between the Lakes Anchorages

There are countless coves to explore along Barkley and Kentucky Lakes. Using Green Turtle Bay as a launching point or home base, you can’t go wrong choosing one of the several beautiful, serene coves to spend an afternoon or night. Once you drop the hook, it’s easy to dinghy to shore and hop on one of LBL’s hiking trails. Or pack some camping gear and set up camp at one of LBL’s campsites. Some of our favorite coves include:

The Rock Quarry (Mile Marker 34 on Kentucky Lake)

A popular Kentucky Lake swimming spot, this cove used to be a rock quarry and one of the deepest parts of Kentucky Lake (100+ feet). Painted rocks line the cove, and cruising through is like being at an outdoor art gallery. It’s a narrow entrance, so if you have a large boat, we recommend dropping the hook at nearby Pisgah Bay and taking a dinghy over to explore. After viewing the rocks, beach the dinghy and walk along the shore to discover the quarry’s old remnants. Or dinghy to the small dock on the Northside of Pigsah Bay to access some of LBL’s campsites and hiking trails.

Dry Fork Bay (Mile Marker 60 on Kentucky Lake)

You can tuck into three well protected coves around this anchorage, allowing several boats the ability to choose a spot that still feels like their own. Watch the sunset over the lake and count the stars on a clear night. Dinghy to the campground on the south end to hop on the Pickett Loop trail.