Pick a spot, pitch your tent or park your RV – start making memories with us! Land Between the Lakes offers a variety camping opportunities for you. Check out our camping fees. Locations can be found on our General Brochure Map. More detailed Recreation Maps can be found at https://landbetweenthelakes.us/visit/maps/.
Bring your boat! Boat ramps can be found throughout Land Between the Lakes with access to both Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. Take the challenge! Travel the 300 mile undeveloped shoreline and camp along the way.
A portion of campsites at Energy Lake, Hillman Ferry, Piney, and Wranglers campgrounds are available for reservations. The remainder of campsites are first come, first served. You can make a camping reservation online 24 hours a day. View the rates and hours of operation for each campground.
Camping Throughout the Year
Wranglers Campground, Basic, Dispersed, and Self-Service Campgrounds areas are open all year. Hillman Ferry, Energy Lake, and Piney Campgrounds are open March through November.
Hillman Ferry, Energy Lake, Wranglers and Piney provide amenities such as RV hook-ups, clean restroom and shower buildings, bike and canoe rentals (in season), beach and activity areas. Each campground offers something a little different so check out each campground to find out what they have to offer.
Camping Shelters/Cabins available at Energy, Piney and Wranglers Campgrounds. You must provide your own bedding.
Seasonal Camping is available at Hillman Ferry, Piney, and Wranglers campgrounds as well as a few Basic and Self-Service camping locations allowing campers to stay on a campsite from 1-9 months, depending on the campground.
You may camp almost anywhere in Land Between the Lakes. A Basic Camping Permit is required for each person 18 and over when camping in Basic Camping facilities. A Dispersed Camping Permit is required when camping in non-designated areas of the recreation area. Both permits currently cost $30 for annual permit and $7 for a three day permit and can be purchased online or any of our facilities.
Basic Campground amenities include defined campsites, fire rings and/or grills, picnic tables, vault toilet, trash removal, mowed areas, and a boat ramp.
- Nickell Branch
- Twin Lakes
- Birmingham Ferry
- Smith Bay
- Sugar Bay
- Taylor Bay | Seasonal camping available | 270.924.2044
- Redd Hollow
- Boswell Landing
A Basic Camping Area is an open field area without defined campsites. Amenities include a vault toilet, trash removal, mowed areas, and a boat ramp. However, they may or may not have picnic tables and fire rings and/or grills. You may camp anywhere within the camping area with a Basic Camping Permit.
- Kuttawa Landing
- Demumbers Bay
- Ginger Bay
- Neville Bay
- Gray’s Landing
Dispersed Camping includes remote campsites throughout the recreation area. Areas at the end of forest roads, along the lake shore often make wonderful campsites. Camping in any non-designated campground on our map is considered dispersed camping. Read Camping Rules to learn where you can camp.
We consider a backpacker to be a person who carries all her or his camping equipment and personal belongings in a backpack and wears it to walk via a hiking trail in order to camp one or more nights. Backpackers generally move along the trail to a different location by foot each day. This does not include parking a vehicle and carrying supplies by hand to a campsite.
If you backpack along the Canal Loop, North/South Trail, or Fort Henry Trails, please obtain a free Backpacking Permit. Obtain your permits at kiosks behind North Welcome Station parking lot, parking area across from South Welcome Station, and behind Golden Pond Visitor Center. Instructions come with these free permits.
Cravens Bay, Fenton, and Gatlin Point campgrounds amenities include drinking water access, vault toilets and designated campsites. Choose a site, then insert your camping fee in the envelope provided, and deposit the envelope in the “Iron Ranger” fee tube at the entrance.
Camping fee is for each camping unit. Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle Area camping also uses this form of camping payment. Hosts are available at Cravens Bay March through October.
Seasonal Camping is available at Cravens Bay. Call 270.924.2044.
Wranglers is a developed campground and open to all campers. However, it is the only area in Land Between the Lakes you may camp with your horse. All sites have tethering poles and stalls are available to rent.
Protect our National Forests from Invasive Insects and Diseases
• Leave firewood at home – do not transport it to campgrounds or parks.
• Use firewood from local sources.
• If you have moved firewood, burn all of it before leaving your campsite.
Please read more information about invasive species and risks associated with firewood movement.
Come explore all the ways to spend the night at Land Between the Lakes!
Rules and Regulations
Basic, Dispersed, and Self-Service Camping
Turkey Bay OHV Area
Wranglers (Horses allowed)
Group and Seasonal Camping
Brandon Spring Group Center Brochure