The water is continuing to rise on Lake Barkley and is expected to crest on May 4th. Due to the high water:
Trails - closed
Marina and boat ramp - Closed
Campground - Closed
Golf Course - Back 9 closed, some cart paths closed.
The lodge, dining room, fitness center, convention center, and cottages are all still open.
Lots of returning migrants this week, and the trees surrounding the lodge were full of singing birds. Highlights include; Kentucky Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Ruby Throated Hummingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Northern Parula, Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, Scarlet Tanager, and Summer Tanager. Blooming wildflowers include Fire Pink, Columbine, False Garlic, Spring Beauty, and Black Locust Trees.
Bring the family out to Lake Barkley for a wonderful buffet and Eggstravagent Egg Hunt.
Schedule of Events
11:30a.m. - 8:00p.m. All you can eat buffet starts
2:30p.m. Meet the Easter Bunny at the fitness center
3:00p.m. Egg Hunt across from the fitness center (in the case of inclement weather the hunt will be held in the convention center)
This years Earth Day was rainy and storming at Lake Barkley, but earlier in the week a lot of great spring sounds and sightings. Parulas and Prothonotarys have returned and can be heard singing throughout the park. Blue-winged Warblers, Worm-eating warblers, and Summer Tanagers were heard on the Blue Spring Trail near cottage loop and both Oriole Species (Baltimore and Orchard) and Hummingbirds were seen on the shoreline stroll near the lodge. A few dogwoods continue to bloom as well as Fire Pink, Trilliums, and False Garlic. In the tree canopy young squirrels leaving the nest for the first time are scurrying among the tree branches, and five Canada Goose goslings were spotted near the marina.
We had a great spring weekend at Lake Barkley State Resort Park. We hosted our first Warbler & Wildflower Weekend with Land Between The Lakes NRA. Bird highlights of the weekend include Northern Parula, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Pine Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Common yellowthroat, Yeloow-throated Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, White-eyed Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Scarlet Tanager, Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, Great Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, and Bald Eagle. Blooming wildflowers this week include Trillium, Fire Pink, Dwarf Larkspur, and False Garlic. Wild Columbine is also blooming in our wildflower garden, and both Pink and White Dogwoods are blooming on the park.