Land Between the Lakes offers Basic, Dispersed, and Self-Service camping as alternatives to the more developed campgrounds. We have 3 Self-service Campgrounds and 14 designated Basic Camping Facilities offering year-round lakeside camping. Although these areas offer fewer amenities than developed campgrounds — these areas offer more peace, solitude, and a more primitive camping experience at Land Between the Lakes.
Before you camp
Basic and Dispersed Camping
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 might 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 or along the lake shore often make wonderful campsites. If you camp in a location not designated on our map, it is considered dispersed camping. Read Camping Rules to learn where you can camp.
Self Service Campgrounds
Self Service Campgrounds offer basic amenities including designated campsite pads, picnic tables, grills, fire rings, vault toilets, drinking water, trash pickup, lake access, and boat ramps. You pay a nightly per camping unit fee for camping.
At Self-Service Campgrounds, you choose a site, fill out a provided fee envelope, insert your camping fee into the envelope, and deposit the envelope in the “Iron Ranger” fee tube at the entrance. Please do this within 30 minutes of setting up your camp.
Self-Service Campgrounds include:
- Cravens Bay
- Gatlin Point
- Turkey Bay OHV Area
Check out our Backpacking page for more information: www.landbetweenthelakes.us/seendo/camping/backpacking/
- Leave firewood at home – do not transport it to campgrounds. Use firewood from local sources.
- If you have moved firewood, burn all of it before leaving your campsite.