Recreation

Paris, Henry County and Kentucky Lake offer endless ways to relax and have fun. Kentucky Lake boasts 2,000 miles of shoreline.

Vacationers and residents enjoy golfing, picnicking, swimming, boating, hunting and fishing. Camping and hiking facilities are numerous, as well as lodging from cabins to hotels.

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Paris City Parks

Paris Parks and Recreation Department’s goal is to provide the best leisure activities and services to you!

We operate eight parks incorporating a junior Olympic pool with 3 meter spring board, one sand volleyball court, 2 picnic pavilions for large gatherings, 4 soccer fields, 5 basketball courts, 7 ball fields, 10 lighted tennis courts.

Each park has playground facilities and picnic tables. One centrally located Ogburn Park is the host for our summer activities programs, housing tennis, paddle ball, table tennis, croquet, volleyball, horseshoes and shuffleboard equipment.

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Hunting

If hunting is your sport, you’re in luck. The area abounds with deer, turkey, squirrel, quail, rabbits, wood duck, raccoon, ducks and geese.

Waterfowl hunting is especially big since Kentucky Lake is on a major migration flyway, but ample deer and turkey populations make these seasons popular also.

Hunting season lengths vary from year to year in Tennessee, but opening dates are firm. Just call for information on license fees and dates.

Fishing

Fishing is an important sport here, and Paris hosts several fishing tournaments each year. Over 100 species of fish in the lake include crappie, bass, catfish, sauger, walleye, bluegill and stripes.

Together, Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley form the largest body of water between the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico.  A free-flowing canal connects the lakes near the dams at Grand Rivers.

These lakes produce some of the best bass fishing in the United States.  In April, Crappie are legendary on Kentucky Lake. These delicious-tasting fish reside in the spring in shallow waters of bays and in brush piles.

Bluegill are typically active along the banks during May. Catfish are also very common in the lakes with catches coming in year round.

Numerous marinas, boat launching ramps and accommodations are located throughout the Kentucky Lake Area in Henry County. There’s something for every fisherman from the expert angler with professional gear, to the kid on the bank with a cane pole. The World Record Catfish was caught in Kentucky Lake in 1971, weighing in at an unbelievable 115 pounds!  Come on down and experience a fishing trip you’ll never forget!

State and National Parks
Paris Landing State Resort Park

Paris Landing State Park is named for a steamboat and freight landing on the Tennessee River dating back to the mid 1800s. The 841-acre Paris Landing Park is situated on the western shore of what is now Kentucky Lake, one of the largest man-made lakes in the world. The park is located 16 miles northeast of Paris, on U.S. Highway 79.

Fort Donelson National Military Park

Located in Dover, Tennessee, Fort Donelson interprets a crucial Civil War battle in which a general names U.S. Grant first gained fame. Stand at the cannon emplacements on the Cumberland River Bluff and imagine the bombardment of gunboats below. Find out why the Federals threw away their coats and blankets when a snowstorm was coming.

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Land Between The Lakes

We invite you to rediscover the simple pleasures of playing in the outdoors at USDA Forest Service Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. Located in Western Kentucky and Tennessee, LBL offers 170,000 acres of wildlife, history, and outdoor recreation opportunities, wrapped by 300 miles of undeveloped shoreline.

Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge

Located on and around Kentucky Lake in Northwest Tennessee, the refuge’s three units, Big Sandy, Duck River, and Busseltown, stretch for 65 miles along the Tennessee River. Established in 1945, the refuge is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and was created as an area for migratory birds.

The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge provides a major wintering area for migrating waterfowl. Currently the refuge habitats include agricultural crops; vegetated wetlands, mudflats, shrub/scrub areas and forest lands. The resulting combination of agricultural grains, natural foods and protected areas sustains waterfowl through the winter months.

Because the refuge has such a diversity of habitats, we are well known for harboring an abundance of wildlife.  In particular we are rich in bird species, in fact there have been 306 species of birds recorded on the refuge.  This is significant as the state of Tennessee has a total 409 bird species, three quarters of which have been found on this refuge.

The refuge also provides homes for other resident wildlife species. Our checklist includes 51 mammals, 89 reptiles and amphibians and 144 species of fish located here. An abundance of white-tailed deer can be found throughout the area, along with smaller animals such as raccoons, foxes, squirrels, beaver, rabbits and wild turkey.

In addition to being a home to wildlife, the refuge offers many recreational opportunities such as: hunting, fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, and photography. The refuge offers two hiking trails, four wildlife observation decks, multiple boat ramps and fishing decks. The refuge also serves as the perfect outdoor classroom for environmental education and interpretation activities. Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge is open during daylight hours.