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The Narrows

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A brief introduction to Barren River Lake

The Barren River was the historic route for westward traveling pioneers. They would travel down the Barren River to a trading post at present-day Bowling Green, Kentucky, where their journey would proceed by land. Barren River was named by early pioneers for its treeless fields. The open fields were actually created by Native Americans, who burned sections of woodland, forming grasslands to attract grazing buffalo. There are many historical features and sites to visit and explore. In the 1960s the dam was built for area flood control covering 20,150 acres at maximum flood control pool. When not needed to store flood waters, the Army Corps of Engineers manages more than 10,000 acres for wildlife management and recreation. Come and visit the warm season native grass fields and view what historically was the landscape in Allen and Barren County. Barren River Lake has four campgrounds offering casual camping, hiking, fishing, boating, hunting, biking, birding, or just sitting back and enjoying the scenery.

Barren River Lake is a 10,100 acres (41 km2), reservoir in Kentucky created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1964 by impounding the Barren River. The lake occupies parts of Allen, Barren, and Monroe counties.
The Barren River Lake Dam is an earthen dam, 146 feet (45 m) high and 3,970 feet (1,210 m) long at its crest. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for operation and maintenance of the project, and responsible for protection of the resource. A small segment of the property owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is leased to Barren River Lake State Resort Park and lies along a section of shoreline in Barren County.

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