Trip Start Oct 17, 2009
17Trip End Nov 15, 2009
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The short stretch (only 33 miles) of the Cumberland River was very pretty and serene. We gleefully soaked in the warm sunshine after too many cold days of rain. Also, since it was a Sunday we encountered no commercial river traffic, a relief given the river's narrow, highly meandering channel.
After being lifted 57 ft inside the Barkley Lock we exited the Cumberland onto the beautiful Lake Barkley reservoir. We set our anchor in a little bay near a camping/recreation area. This area was already closed for the season so we had all the trails to ourselves
The afternoon of November 2nd we left our anchorage on Lake Barkley and crossed over to Kentucky Lake via the 1.5 mile Barkley Canal. We anchored a few miles further along the lake (which is the Tennessee River) in a peaceful bay (Sugar Bay) where there were many bald eagles. We hopped in the dinghy after sunset and buzzed around the shimmering bay waters under the full moon.