Lyon County, Kentucky

About Lyon County

Boat on beautiful Lake Barkley at sunset.Located in the Pennyrile region of Kentucky, Lyon County was formed in 1854.  The county is named in honor of Colonel Matthew Lyon, born in Wickliffe, Ireland in 1756.  The county seat is Eddyville.

Kentucky Dam was constructed on the Tennessee River by the TVA during the early 1940s at the same time as World War II.  In the late 1950s, and early 1960s, Lyon County was forever changed when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started buying property below the 378-foot sea level for the building of Barkley Dam to create Lake Barkley.    The project required the relocation of Eddyville and Kuttawa.  Eddyville was moved 5.5 miles from the old town and Kuttawa was moved approximately 1 mile.

At 134 miles long with 1,004 miles of shoreline, Lake Barkley was fully impounded in 1966.  It has since become a popular tourist destination for boating, swimming, fishing, and camping.  Many new roads, subdivisions, and businesses are being built, making Lyon County one of the fastest growing communities in western Kentucky.  Amenities will include resorts, campgrounds, marinas, restaurants, golfing, a water park, a fun park (complete with go-carts and laser-tag), riding stables, and many more attractions for people of all ages.


Last Updated 8/22/2007