Barren River Lake State Park to host weekend, Monday of ECLIPSE events

Barren River Lake State Park will host a variety of events this weekend and Monday, in connection with the solar eclipse.

Friday, Aug. 18

5 p.m., Family Feud: Come to the B.E.A.R.S. Den  (basement of Louie B. Nunn Lodge) with your family as we see which family is the best of Barren River Lake State Resort Park.
Approx. Time: 1 hour. Ages: All.

Saturday, Aug. 19
10 a.m., Snap A Pic Hike: Bring your camera (and/or) phone to the B.E.A.R.S. Den before you go on the trails in the cool morning to find things in nature. Then come back and show us what you have found. Prizes will be given to the team that find the most on our list!
Approx. Time: 1 hour. Ages: All
3 p.m., Paper Plate Moons: Go to the B.E.A.R.S. Den to make your own version of the moon out of paper plates and other supplies!
Approx. Time: 30 minutes. Ages: All
7 p.m., Free Concert: Come down to the Shuffleboard Courts (behind the Louie B. Nunn Lodge) to see a free show by “Beyond The Edge.” Bring a chair and enjoy your evening as you listen to “Electric Music with no Boundaries.”
Approx. Time: 2 hours. Ages: All

Sunday, Aug. 20
2 p.m., Create your own Alien: Do you think space is strange? Get creative and make your own alien in the B.E.A.R.S. Den as the eclipse is only a day away!
Approx. Time: 1 hour. Ages: All
4 p.m., Eclipse T-shirt: Bring a plain black t-shirt and meet us in the field beside the lodge swimming pool and put a twist on tie-dye t-shirts to resemble the eclipse!
Approx. Time: 30 min. Ages: All
*Bring your own black t-shirt; shirts will not be provided.
9 p.m., Star/Moon Gazing: Get in the eclipse spirit as we view the night sky at the park’s StrathBarren Field (behind the Highland Field at the front entrance to the park). See if you can find something cool while looking through our telescope!
Approx. Time: 45 min Ages: All

Monday Aug. 21
10 a.m., Educational Eclipse Hike: Beginning at the Highland Field, take a walk a section of the hike/bike trial and learn things about the eclipse that is very near!
Approx. Time: 45 min. Ages: All
11 a.m., Eclipse Crafts: Show your creative side as we make eclipse-themed crafts under the Highland Field shelters! Will yours look like the eclipse you’re about to see??
Approx. Time: 45 min Ages: All
12:30- 2:30 p.m., Solar Viewing: The eclipse is finally here! Purchase solar glasses ($1 each) and witness the partial eclipse evolve into a 99.9% eclipse of the sun!
Approx. Time: 2 hours. Ages: All
*Please do not look directly at the sun without solar glasses; permanent eye damage possible. Regular sunglasses do not provide appropriate protection.
3:30 p.m., Post Eclipse Party: Come to the Sunset Cove Beach area to celebrate the eclipse passing!
Take a swim and play some games with the rec staff!
Approx. Time: 1 hour. Ages: All

Barren River Lake State Park to host “Concert in the Park” on Aug. 19

Barren River Lake State Park will host a “Concert in the Park” on Saturday, Aug. 19.
“Concert in the Park” will be from 7-9 p.m. CT.
The “Beyond the Edge Band” will provide the music and the park will provide the food.
The park will offer a variety of grilled specialty burgers and cold beverages.
Admission is FREE!

Barren River Lake Fishing Tournaments

Barren River Lake will host one bass tournament this weekend, Aug. 12-13.
Saturday, Aug. 12
The Kentucky BASS Nation will host the Kentucky BASS Nation Team Trail Qualifier Saturday, Aug. 12.
The OPEN tournament is set for takeoff at 5:30 a.m. CT from the Port Oliver Recreation Area ramp, with weigh-in scheduled for 1:30 p.m., at the Port Oliver ramps.
To register, you must call Randall Christopher at 859-582-9347.
BASS membership number and $10 Team Trail dues are required.
For more information, visit the Kentucky Bass Nation facebook page.

Barren River Lake State Park “Monarch Waystation” dedication Monday, Aug. 14

The Garden Club of Kentucky and Kentucky State Parks have teamed up to create “Monarch Waystations” across the state.
Members of the Garden Club of Kentucky and the Glasgow Garden Club began working with park staff in 2013 to design and install a “Monarch Waystation” at the Barren River Lake State Resort Park.
Finishing touches have been completed and it has been officially certified by Monarch Watch.
Garden club members and park staff will gather to celebrate and dedicate the garden this Monday, Aug. 14 at 10 a.m. Refreshments will be served, and the public is invited.
“Monarch Waystations” are monarch butterfly gardens that provide milkweed, the only plant that monarch caterpillars will eat, nectar producing flowers, and shelter for some of the millions of migrating monarch butterflies.
Monarch butterfly habitats are disappearing due to development and the widespread use of herbicides, and gardens like these can provide the resources the butterflies need for their remarkable migration to and from Mexico.
This waystation can be a model for home and community gardeners who would like to help sustain the monarch migration. Anyone can easily create a “Monarch Waystation”-in their yard, workplace, school or along a stretch of road or fence line. There is no size requirement, it could even be planted in pots, but milkweed and nectar flowers are a must.
The Monarch Waystation program was developed by Monarch Watch, a nonprofit education, conservation and research program based at the University of Kansas.
For more information about Monarch Watch, the Monarch Waystation program or butterfly gardening, check out .
Information about butterfly gardening and Monarch Watch will also be available at the dedication.

Scout Celebration set Aug. 11-13

The 23rd annual Barren River Lake Scout celebration will be this weekend, Aug. 11-12, at the Tailwater Campground.
This event is sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is for Scouts of all ages.
It allows scouts to showcase their skills, achievements and talents.
Events, which are FREE and open to the public, will begin Friday and conclude Sunday morning.
Friday, August 11
Units may begin arriving after 4:30 p.m.
8:15 p.m., SLIDE SHOW AND MOVIE, Amphitheater.
9:00 p.m., REQUIRED LEADER MEETING, Near the shower house (bring camp chairs).
Saturday, August 12
7:45 a.m., OPENING FLAG CEREMONY, Gilwell Field.
8:00 a.m., UNIT REGISTRATION, Behind the amphitheater.
8:30 a.m. to Noon, COOK OFF.
8:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m., JUNIOR OLYMPICS.
11:00- 11:30 a.m., Corp Demonstration.
11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., FREE TIME.
12:30- 2:00 p.m., ACTIVITIES FOR ALL.
2:00- 5:30 p.m., COOK OFF.
2:00- 5:00 p.m., OLDER SCOUT CHALLENGE.
6:45 p.m., FLAG LOWERING Gilwell Field.
8:30 p.m., CLOSING CAMPFIRE, Amphitheater.
Sunday, August 13
8:30 a.m., CLOSING FLAG CEREMONY, Gilwell Field.
8:45 a.m., RELIGIOUS SERVICE, Amphitheater.

Poker Run Fun, Saturday, Aug. 5

Barren River Lake Fishing Report

By Josh Morris
As another weekend rapidly approaches, the fishing on Barren River Lake continues to be hit or miss.
High pressure last weekend made for some tough conditions.
The fish were few, and far between. Downsizing has been the trick for bass. drop shoting has produced some good catches as of late, and the bigger NED rig as well. When conditions get like this it is never bad idea to throw the Carolina Rig either.
Bass can still be caught on the main lake points and on bluffs. Drop shots, plastic worms, Carolina Rigs, and Jigs are all producing.
Hybrids are still doing good between the islands. Live shad or shiners are best.
Crappie are doing well at night under lights. Good numbers are being caught on live minnows.
I hit the water with the talented Leslie Kidd of Leslie Kidd photography to do some much needed photos.
I have been blessed to pick up a couple more sponsors over the last few days Jackall and Power Pro line.
The flick shake worm is a killer drop shot bait and in a green pumpkin color is hard to beat on Barren. I am excited about our new venture and hope you folks all check them out.
Also The GLoomis cup date is set for Sept. 30 on Barren River Lake. This is a free tournament with great pay outs. For more information, you can contact Todd at Barren Outdoors in Glasgow KY. (270)629-4867, or you can call or text me (270)590-4725.
As always thank you all for reading! Good Luck and God Bless!

Josh Morris is a tournament bass angler and an ambassador for FLW. He is on the water two to three times per week. Some of his information comes from the good folks at Barren Outdoors. You can follow Josh on twitter @joshmorris53. Feel free to email Josh questions at spottedm@gmail.comHe is sponsored on the tournament circuit by Barren Outdoors, G Loomis, ShimanoPsycho Fishing Lures, Blob Fish, Snack Daddy Lures, Jackall Lures, Power Pro line, and Freddie’s Dugout.

Barren River Lake Fishing Tournaments

Barren River Lake is scheduled to host one bass tournament this weekend, Aug. 5-6.
Aug. 5
The Barren River Fishing League will host an OPEN bass tournament Saturday Aug. 5. Take-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT, from the Port Oliver Recreation Area Ramp, with weigh-in set for 1 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 6, also at Port Oliver.
For more information, contact Ronnie Stinson at or call him at 270-618-1436.

Poker Run is this Saturday, Aug. 5

The Barren River Lake Poker Run is this Saturday, Aug. 5, to benefit the Friends of Barren River Lake & Park.
The Friends use the funds from the Poker Run to sponsor the annual Trashmaster’s Classic (Sept. 16) and the July 4 fireworks.
Registration for the Poker Run will be at the Barren River Lake State Park beach (Sunset Cove) from 9 a.m. – noon.
Entry is $25 per “hand,” and there is no limit to the number of “hands” that you may play.
Prizes: $500 best hand, second best hand $250, and third best Poker hand will win $100.
Straight five card Poker rules apply.
Participants may travel by water or land to the card checkpoints (Barren River Lake State Park marina, the Peninsula marina, the Narrows marina, the Walnut Creek marina, and the Barren River Lake State Park’s Sunset Cove).
This is not a race.
At 4 p.m., all participants will return their “hands” to the state park beach, where the winners will be announced about 4:15 p.m.
You must be 18 to participate.
In addition, the Friends of Barren River Lake and Park will be have a Pot of Gold raffle at the beach tent. Tickets for the Pot of Gold raffle will be $10 each.
The Friends will also have a raffle for a Yeti Prize Package. Raffle tickets are $5 each. It will given away Saturday.
And, T-shirts will be available for purchase Saturday.

Vehicles found in Barren River and Lake

Two vehicles have been found in Barren River and Barren River Lake in the past two days.
Thursday, a stolen car was found submerged in the Barren River, near Boatlanding Road, in Warren County. There was no one in the vehicle. No other information has been released about the automobile.
Friday, an SUV was recovered from the Beaver Creek Boat Ramp Road, where it was submerged. No one was in the vehicle and no injuries have been reported in the incident. No other information has been released about the SUV.