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 map.
Bring your boat! Boat ramps can be found throughout Land Between The Lakes with access to both Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. Take the challenge! Do the 300 mile loop and camp along the way.
A portion of campsites at Energy Lake, Hillman Ferry, Piney, and Wranglers campgrounds are available for reservations. You can make a camping reservation online 24 hours a day. Reservations can be made up to six months in advance, but not within 48 hours of your intended arrival. The remainder of campsites are first come, first served. View the rates and hours of operation for each campground.
Camping Throughout the Year
Wranglers Campground, Backcountry Camping, and Self-Service Campgrounds areas are open all year. Hillman Ferry, Energy Lake, and Piney Campgrounds are open March through November.
Camping Shelters (primitive cabins)
Available at Energy, Piney and Wranglers Campgrounds. You must provide your own bedding.
Sites are available at Hillman Ferry, Piney, Wranglers, as well as a few Backcountry Camping locations and allows campers to stay on a campsite from 1 to 9 months, depending on the campground.
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.
You may camp almost anywhere in Land Between The Lakes. A permit is required for each person 18 and over when camping in the backcountry. We have several designated Backcountry Camping locations where you may find campsites with a camp pad, fire ring and picnic table as well as a dumpster and vault toilets. Most of Land Between The Lakes has dispersed camping where you might find your perfect campsite at the end of a legal road.
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 have drinking water access, vault toilets and designated campsites. You 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.
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
Backcountry Camping and Self-Service Campgrounds
Turkey Bay OHV Area
Wranglers (Horses allowed)
Group and Seasonal Camping
Brandon Spring Map