Rates and Hours

Forest Service Fee Free Days:

Attraction Rates and Hours

  • Visitor Center and Welcome Stations
  • Planetarium and Observatory
  • Elk & Bison Prairie
  • Annual Permits and Passports
  • Homeplace 1850s Working Farm
  • Woodlands Nature Station
  • Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle Area
  • Wranglers Equestrian Trails
Golden Pond Visitor Center Hours:
  • Open 7 days a week 9:00 am-5:00 pm.
  • Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
North and South Welcome Station Hours:
  • April-October | Open 7 days a week 9am-5pm
Golden Pond Planetarium Hours:

Open daily 10:00 am-5:00 pm. Click here for more information and a calendar with daily events. Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

Admission:
  • Ages 13 and up: $7
  • Ages 5-12: $4.50
  • 4 and under: free
  • Laser shows: $8​
Program Calendar:

Most shows are about 40 minutes. Subjects relate to astronomy, weather phenomena, re-created celestial effects, and more! Check out what's showing at the Planetarium.

Discount Package:

A discount package is good for 7 days for one admission to each location over a 7 day period: Golden Pond Planetarium daytime show, Homeplace 1850s Farm, and Woodlands Nature Station.

  • Adult - $15
  • Child (ages 5-17) - $10
Elk & Bison Prairie Admission:
  • $5 per enclosed vehicle
  • Purchase one-time entry at the cash/credit machine at the Prairie entrance. Purchase one-time entry cards or discounted bulk entry cards at Golden Pond Visitor Center, Welcome Stations, or any day-use facility (3 entry cards - $10, 5 entry cards - $15, Buses/Commercial Vans - $.50 per passenger).
Hours:

Open from dawn until dusk all year, 7 days a week.

Restrictions:

Vehicles must be enclosed; pedestrians, motorcycles, bicycles, etc. are not allowed for safety reasons.

Have Questions?

Click here for more information on the Elk & Bison Prairie.

Annual Passports: 

The new passports for Nature Station and Homeplace 1850s Farm will include entry for daily activities and special events. 


Woodlands Nature Station and Homeplace 1850s Farm (sold separately):
  • Family Passport (2 adults and children 17 and under) - $95
  • Adult Passport - $35
  • Youth Passport (ages 5-17)- $25
Combination Annual Day Use Passport (for both Woodlands Nature Station and Homeplace):
  • Family Passport (2 adults and children 17 and under) - $125
  • Adult Passport - $50
  • Youth Passport (ages 5-17)- $40
Annual Permits
  • Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle Area- $100
  • Wranglers Horse Trails- $100
  • Golf Cart - $50
Homeplace 1850s Working Farm Hours of Operation:
    • The Homeplace is Open (last ticket sold at 4pm)
      • May - October | 7 days a week 10am-5pm
Admission:
  • Adult: $7, special event $9
  • Child 5-17: $5, special event $7
  • Ages 4 and under: free
  • Higher rates may apply to special events
  • Family Passport (2 adults and children 17 and under) - $95
  • Individual Adult Passport - $35
  • Child Passport (ages 5-17)- $25
  • Annual Passports will allow unlimited daily admission to the facility and to special events at that facility at no additional charge.
Discount Package:

A discount package is good for 7 days for one admission to each location over a 7 day period: Golden Pond Planetarium daytime show, 1850s Homeplace Farm, and Woodlands Nature Station.

  • Adult - $15
  • Child (ages 5-17) - $10
Woodlands Nature Station Hours of Operation:
    • Woodlands Nature Station is Open (last ticket sold at 4:30pm)
      • April - October | 7 days a week 10am-5pm
Admission:
  • Adult: $7, special event $9
  • Child 5-17: $5, special event $7
  • Ages 4 and under: free
  • Higher rates may apply to special events
  • Family Passport (2 adults and children 17 and under) - $95
  • Individual Adult Passport - $35
  • Child Passport (ages 5-17)- $25
  • Annual Passports will allow unlimited daily admission to the facility and to special events at that facility at no additional charge.
Discount Package:

A discount package is good for 7 days for one admission to each location over a 7 day period: Golden Pond Planetarium daytime show, 1850s Homeplace Farm, and Woodlands Nature Station.

  • Adult - $15
  • Child (ages 5-17) - $10
Turkey Bay OHV Area Hours of Operation:

Riding times are dawn to dark, with permit. Turkey Bay OHV Area is open 7 days a week. Any weather-related closures (such as heavy rains or saturated soil conditions) will be posted on our Alerts page.

Where to Purchase a Riding Permit:

Riding permits can be purchased at the Turkey Bay OHV Area Gatehouse, Thursday-Sunday, from 8:30 am-5:00 pm. Riding permits can also be purchased 7 days a week from 9:00 am-5:00 at the Golden Pond Visitor Center.

Permit and Camping Costs:
  • Annual Riding Permit: $100 April-March 31
  • 1 to 3 day Riding Permit: $20 (consecutive days from date of purchase)
  • Camping: $12 per night
Have Questions?
  • Click here for more information on Turkey Bay OHV Area.
Wranglers Equestrian Trails Hours of Operation:
  • Open 7 days a week with riding permit
  • Permit for day use riding:  A permit is required for each horse trailer entering Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
  • Get your permit online or at the Wranglers Gatehouse
Permit Cost:
Guided Horseback Trail Rides:

Rocking U Riding Stables:

  • Rocking U Riding Stables open April-October
  • 45 minute trail ride - $20
  • 90 minute trail ride - $30
  • Trail rides leave on the hour with the exception of the noon hour
  • To make a trail ride reservation, call 270-924-2211.

Have Questions?

For more information, check out the Wranglers page here.

  • Self-Service Camping Fees
  • Developed Campground Site Fees
  • Basic and Dispersed Camping
  • Camping Supply Rentals
  • Mountain and Single-Speed Bike Rentals
Site Nightly Rate
Fenton (30 Amp Electric)
$22
Cravens Bay
$12
Turkey Bay OHV
$12
Nickell Branch
$10
Birmingham Ferry
$10
Smith Bay
$10
Sugar Bay
$10
Taylor Bay
$10
Redd Hollow
$10
Boswell Landing
$10
Gatlin Point
$10

Only cash or check accepted for Self-Service Camping Areas.

Type of Site Energy Campground Hillman Ferry Campground Piney Campground Wranglers Campground Nightly Rate
Basic
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
$16
30 Amp Electric
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
$26
50 Amp Electric
Yes
No
No
Yes
$28
30 Amp Electric/Water
No
Yes
No
Yes
$34
50 Amp Electric/Water
No
Yes
No
No
$36
30 Amp Electric/Water/Sewer
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
$40
50 amp Electric/Water/Sewer
No
Yes
Yes
No
$42
Cabins – sleeps 4
No
No
Yes
Yes
$50
Cabins – sleeps 8
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
$75
Horse Stalls
No
No
No
Yes
$8
Visitor per vehicle; up to 8 people
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
$5
Extra Vehicle
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
$5
Visitor shower per person
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
$5
Late departure fee
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
$16
Site change fee
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
$5
Golf Carts
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
$5/$50 annual

Note: we welcome Visa, MasterCard, Discover, debit cards, and cash for Developed Campground payments. Proper ID required.

Basic and Dispersed Camping Permits

Annual Permit    $50 per person over 18 years
3-Night Permit      $10 per person over 18 years
17 years and younger free when accompanied by adult over 18 years of age

Purchase Permits Online

Click here for a listing of Basic Camping Areas

The Basic/Dispersed Camping Permit is not applicable at Self-Service Camping Areas.

Camping Supplies HIllman Ferry Campground Piney Campground 24 Hours
2-person tent
Yes
No
$8
4-person tent
Yes
Yes
$10 + $25 Deposit
6-person tent
No
No
$13
Box Fan
Yes
Yes
$4 + $10 Deposit
Cast Iron Frying Pan
Yes
No
$2
Dutch Oven
Yes
No
$3 + $10 Deposit
Heater
No
No
$4
Lantern - Propane
Yes
Yes
$3/$5 + $10 Deposit
Sleeping Pad
Yes
Yes
$1/$2 + $10 Deposit
Stove 2-burner
Yes
Yes
$5 + $10 Deposit
48 Quart Cooler
Yes
No
$3 + $10 Deposit
Coffee Percolator
Yes
No
$2 + $10 Deposit
Pie Iron
Yes
No
$1 + $10 Deposit
Blue Boy
Yes
No
$5 + $10 Deposit
Type of Bike HIllman Ferry Campground Piney Campground 4 Hour Rate 24 Hour Rate
Child Bike
No
Yes
$10
$15
Child Buggy
Yes
Yes
$10
$15
Child Training Bike
Yes
No
$5
$10
Mountain/Hybrid Bike
Yes
Yes
$15
$25
Single-Speed Cruiser Bike
Yes
Yes
$10
$15
Tandem Bike
Yes
Yes
$15
$25
Youth Mountain Bike
Yes
Yes
$15/$12
$25

Cabins available for rent at Piney, Hillman Ferry, Energy, and Wranglers Campgrounds

Cabins Note: Wranglers Campground has water hook-ups at campsites April-October. Access to potable water all year.

Inside:
Energy Lake Campground Cabins | One full bed and 2 bunk beds. Bunk beds have a twin bed on top and a full size on bottom. (8 person)
Piney Campground Cabins | One full bed and one bunk bed (4 person) 
Wranglers Campground Cabins | One full bed with either one or three bunk beds (4 or 8 person) 
Hillman Ferry Campground Cabins | One double bed and three bunk beds (8 person) 

**Bring own linens or sleeping bags and pillows. Heater/air conditioner, ceiling fan with light, small table, folding chairs or benches, and electrical outlets.

Outside: Porch, fire ring, and picnic table. Restroom/shower buildings are located in campgrounds near cabins. Piney, Hillman Ferry, and Wranglers also have an Outpost for camping supplies and rentals.

Bring your own linens and pillows.

No pets and no smoking in cabins. 

Sleeps 4: one double bed and one bunk bed
Sleeps 6: one double bed and two bunk beds
Sleeps 8: one double bed and three bunk beds