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. 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.

Cravens Bay Self-Service Campground
Cravens Bay Self-Service Campground


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. For more information about backpacking, click here.

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. For more information about self-service campgrounds, click here.

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. For more information about camping with horses, click here.

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.