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Combining the Past with the Present at Kentucky Lake's First Resort!

When it comes to Kentucky Lake, no resort knows more about family fun than Big Bear Resort! As the first resort on the shores of the lake, built in 1948, Big Bear Resort has had over 60 years to become what it is today. Their 52 acres of wooded, lakeside property features everything for a family-friendly getaway. Choose from lakefront condos, town homes, and villas for a luxurious style home, or one of their cozy cottages and chalets for a more intimate feel. Their full-service marina lets you rent a boat or dock your own. Fishing guides will take you out on the lake, or you can enjoy one of the many nearby attractions including Venture River Water Park, golf courses, and museums.

  • Wifi
  • Restaurant Onsite
  • Pets Allowed
  • Property Size 26 units
  • Conference Facility
  • Kids Allowed
  • Nearby City Benton
  • Nearby Water Kentucky Lake
  • Open Dates Apr 1 to Oct 31


Located directly on Kentucky Lake, Big Bear Resort has all the beach fun you could ever hope for right outside your door! Enjoy a lakefront condo or cottage and run into the water as soon as the sun rises. Enjoy boating and splashing in the water, or just take a relaxing stroll around the perimeter. The choice is all yours!


Kentucky Lake fishing for dad, sunbathing on the private Big Bear Beach for mom, and kids activities for the little ones. Big Bear equals big-time family fun on your Kentucky vacation with just the right accommodations to suit your needs. There's even a cabin that fits 17 – perfect for Kentucky reunions!


With a cabin that can fit up to 17 family members and a host of amenities, Big Bear makes it a reunion to remember. Big Bear is centrally located in the U.S., making it a great meeting place for family throughout the country! A wide range of accommodations plus camping allow all price ranges for your family groups!


From under the cabana on the private beach at Big Bear Resort, you'll appreciate Big Bear's location on the Big Bear Embayment of Kentucky Lake – at the point of Malcom and Bear Creek. Not only is the lake visually appealing, but so are the surrounding woods that serve as perfect hiking grounds. Reconnect with nature on Kentucky Lake!


Bass, panfish, catfish, and sauger lurk in the waters of Kentucky Lake, waiting to be lured in by you on your Kentucky Lake fishing vacation. Bring your own fishing boat along or rent one and head out with an experienced Big Bear Resort fishing guide. Stock up on bait and tackle at the marina!


This Kentucky retreat will make you fall in love with it just as you've fallen in love with each other. Book a cozy cottage at Big Bear Resort and wake up to views of Kentucky Lake every day. Walk around the shoreline or go fishing together. Pack a picnic and enjoy the fresh air before retreating back to your cabin to star gaze.

Pet Friendly

Big Bear Resort does offer pet-friendly accommodations for those who prefer to travel with their four-legged companion. After all, your pets are members of the family too. For more information regarding rates and restrictions, please contact the resort.


Big Bear's location on Kentucky Lake gives you access to some of the best fishing in the area. Bring your own boat and store it at the onsite 118-slip marina, complete with bait and tackle shop, fuel, and a fish cleaning station. You'll love the view from your varied accommodations!


Big Bear Resort offers a wide range of accommodations that cater to a romantic getaway! Big Bear Resort has what you need to make your trip to Kentucky Lake a memorable experience. This breathtaking location provides the scenic backdrop for secluded campsites or lakeside lodging!

Cabins, Cottages, and Chalets

The four-person Fisherman's Cottages are perfect for couples and small families looking for a little R & R on Kentucky Lake. While some of the rustic cottages are original, all boast fully-equipped kitchens and grills. And the 17-person log cabin is a must for groups and reunions.


Big Bear Resort in Benton is the perfect location for a summer holiday! No matter what size group you have, Big Bear can accommodate you for the long summer weekends, there's a lodge that sleeps 17! Enjoy fishing on Kentucky Lake for Memorial Day or the Fourth of July! Book your next holiday today!

Villas and Condos

The eight-person Dens and Treetops condos give you luxury accommodations in a lakeside location. Sip some lemonade on the enclosed patio and balcony or ease into bubbles in your Jacuzzi tub after a day on the lake. And the two-bedroom Woodland Villa on the forested slopes features a cozy fireplace.

  • Basketball Court(s)
  • Bicycles
  • Cribs
  • Gift Shop
  • Swimming Pool
  • Volleyball Court(s)
  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony
  • Coffee Maker
  • Deck
  • Fireplace
  • Full Kitchen
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Jacuzzi
  • Microwave
  • Picnic Tables
  • Refrigerator
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Basketball
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • ATV/Fourwheeling
  • Beach
  • Biking/Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating & Watercraft
  • Boat Docks
  • Canoeing
  • Fire Pit(s)
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Outdoor Grill(s)
  • Hiking
  • Marina
  • Wildlife & Nature
  • Picnic Table(s)
  • Play Ground
  • Sailing
  • Fishing Guides
  • Laundry Facilities
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Nearest Airports

  • San Javier Airport (MJV) / 75.4 miles
  • Relizane Airport (QZN) / 86.4 miles
  • Es Senia Airport (ORN) / 94.5 miles

* Not all airports listed here may be open to public use, or service commercial flights

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This property is ranked number 3 on Top 10 Kentucky Family Resorts. Read about it here.