Kentucky Lake Water Sports

Kentucky Lake Water Sports

When the temperatures rise, you might find yourself searching for ways to stay cool. There is no better way to beat the heat than by spending your days on the water. The Land Between the Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area offers countless water sports to try while you stay with us at our Kentucky Lake/Prizer Point KOA. Whether you are a seasoned pro or a beginner eager to learn, these water sports near Kentucky Lake offer tons of fun to fill your days with excitement and adventure. 

Jet Skiing

Jet skiing must be at the top of your list if you are hunting for the best water activities in the LBL area. You can race across the water at top speeds, jump over waves and explore areas that regular boats cannot go. This action-packed activity is best enjoyed with friends or family, twisting and turning as you spend a few hours letting loose and trying something new — providing you with an unforgettable experience on the water. 

The Lynnhurst Family Resort is only a short drive from our campground and offers full-day and half-day rentals for some jet ski fun on Kentucky Lake. They require operators to be over 18 and have a maximum capacity of two riders per jet ski. Want to get out for a sunset excursion? No problem — this outfit offers an exclusive Sunset Special so you can hit the open water and take in some breathtaking sites as the sun goes down over the horizon. This jet ski adventure will surely be one you and your family remember forever. 

Stand-up Paddleboarding

Have you heard of stand-up paddleboarding? If not, you are missing out! This exciting activity is like surfing, but without the waves. You use a long paddle to propel yourself through the water, taking yourself to places you have never been before. 

If you are a beginner at this water sport, do not let it intimidate you — it is pretty easy to get the hang of. Plus, SUP Kentucky offers informative lessons and rentals to beginners before they take on the open waters. This outdoor adventure is ideal for families with older children as each board is designed for one person. 

Kentucky Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater rafting is an exhilarating experience filled with twists and turns that force you out of your comfort zone. It pushes people to the limit and forces them to work together as they navigate rough waters. 

Anyone ages 7 and up can participate in a whitewater rafting adventure from Kentucky Whitewater. They run guided trips down the Russell Fork River throughout the spring through the fall season. You can choose from various trip options depending on your experience and confidence, helping everyone have the time of their lives. Whitewater rafting in Kentucky is a must-try if you and your family are up for a thrilling and gripping experience.

Kayaking and Canoeing

Spend hours exploring the area by water when you hop in a kayak or canoe and paddle until the sun sets. Whether you kayak on a lake or river, there are endless sights to see and memories to be made with your loved ones. These water sports are relaxing activities everyone can enjoy, offering access to hidden gems and wildlife you can't see any other way. 

Reconnect with nature when you paddle the Red River Gorge this summer, a self-guided adventure tour allowing you to move through large cliffs and rock formations at your own pace. Love waterfalls? Get an intimate look at the thunderous Cumberland Falls on a short trip on the Rainbow Mist Ride — ideal for any age. For those wanting to spend a good chunk of their day relaxing, Canoe Kentucky offers a "Fun Float" along Elkhorn Creek. 


Head out to the open water for new adventures like never before. Whether you are a lifetime sailor or are just gaining your sea legs, sailing is an entertaining activity that the whole family will enjoy. You will spend time with the cool breeze blowing across your face beneath the warm sun, making memories with your family that you will never forget. 

The area near our campground offers endless opportunities to launch your boat into various lakes. Head to Kentucky Lake or Lake Barkley and devote a day or two to lower your sails and cruise calm waters. The Lighthouse Landing also offers American Sailing Association Certified four-day courses for those wanting to learn. You can gain the skills and confidence you need to enjoy being on the water. Once you are done, it is time to get a boat and get you and your family out exploring the unknown.  

Book Your Stay for a Waterfront Getaway at Kentucky Lakes/Prizer Point KOA

Are you ready for a family vacation jam-packed with the best water activities near the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area? Kentucky Lakes/Prizer Point KOA is located on Lake Barkley, equipped with a full-service marina that offers uninterrupted access to beautiful water. 

Have a traditional camping experience when you take advantage of our tent and cabin camping options. They will provide you with the essentials to have a super time taking in the beauty of the outdoors. Reserve your site with us today! 

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