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Devils Elbow Day Use Area

Lake Barkley

Location Overview

Devils Elbow Day Use Area Location: Land Between the Lakes, Trigg County, Kentucky, Road 159 GPS: N 36 47’ 49.7” W 87 59’ 55.3” Directions to Access Point: From Highway 68/80, turn south on Road 159. Pay attention to all one way signage when turning onto or off of Highway 68/80. Amenities: Vault toilets, accessible fishing trail, Central Hardwoods Hiking/Biking trailhead Parking: 10 gravel spaces Restrictions: No Camping Safety: Wear your life jacket. Know your skills and limits. Wind and weather can create dangerous conditions. Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return. More Information: Click on the link for more information about Land Between the Lakes Plan to “Pack it in; pack it out!” South from Devils Elbow Day Use Area 3.2 miles south on the water trail to the Dixon Landing access point. Safety: Be aware of the wind and weather forecast. Time Allotment: 1 hour, 45 minutes Trail Description: The trail leads you to the head of Elbow Bay, then south along the shoreline of Lake Barkley to the Dixon Landing access point. Wildlife Viewing: Off of Devil’s Elbow, there are great opportunities for Barkley Lake birding. Small offshore islands across the lake host several heron rookeries. The bridge itself will host osprey, cliff swallows, and peregrine falcons in the winter. Rookery islands are restricted from landing and foot traffic. Sand bars near the channel are popular with large flocks of pelicans during the spring and fall, particularly in October. Cultural Features: Natural Features: Fishing Information: North from Devils Elbow Day Use Area 1.5 miles north on the water trail to the Indian Springs access point. Safety: Be aware of the wind and weather forecast. Time Allotment: 45 minutes Trail Description: The trail north leads around the point and to the Indian Springs access point. Wildlife Viewing: Off of Devil’s Elbow, there are great opportunities for Barkley Lake birding. Small offshore islands across the lake host several heron rookeries. The bridge itself will host osprey, cliff swallows, and peregrine falcons in the winter. Rookery islands are restricted from landing and foot traffic. Sand bars near the channel are popular with large flocks of pelicans during the spring and fall, particularly in October. Cultural Features: On the south side of the Devil’s Elbow boat ramp you will see a small water opening which will lead you into a rectangular shaped area, which is an old rock quarry. Natural Features: Fishing Information:
  • Launch Point
  • Free Parking
  • Year-Round Bathrooms
  • Boat Ramp

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