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Camper by LakeShoreline Comforts. Got a boat? Need to camp? Spend the night at one of our Self-Service or Backcountry Camping Areas!

Land Between The Lakes has three Self-Service Campgrounds and twelve Designated Backcountry Camping Areas, offering year-round lakeside camping. Although these areas offer fewer amenities than developed campgrounds, they offer more peace, solitude, and a more primitive camping experience at LBL.

Self-Service Campgrounds (Cravens Bay, Fenton, and Gatlin Point) offer basic amenities including campsites, picnic tables, grills, fire rings, chemical toilets, drinking water, trash pickup, lake access, and boat ramps.There area 12 designated Backcountry Camping Areas with boat ramps—Birmingham Ferry, Boswell Landing, Demumbers Bay, Ginger Bay, Neville Bay, Nickell Branch, Pisgah Point, Redd Hollow, Smith Bay, Sugar Bay, Taylor Bay, and Twin Lakes. Click Here for maps showing locations of Backcountry Camping Areas, Self-Service Campgrounds, Day-Use Areas, and other attractions.

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Cravens Bay Self-Service Campground, on Lake Barkley, is a small campground that offers 31 basic campsites, flush toilets, two boat ramps, and sells ice seasonally.

For those who prefer a more secluded camping experience, dispersed backcountry camping is available off of most trails and legal roads throughout LBL and along the lakeshore. These primitive areas do not offer amenities, and are even more secluded than our Designated Backcountry Camping Areas. Primitive camping is available almost anywhere in LBL. Click here for information on backcountry camping restrictions.

A nightly per-unit fee is required for Self-Service Campgrounds. A Backcountry Camping Permit is required to camp most places in LBL, except for fee areas (such as developed campgrounds). See our Hours & Fees page for more information. Be sure to get a copy of the Rules & Regulations when you purchase your Backcountry Camping Permit.

Click here for more information about locations and amenities for LBL's campgrounds, facilities, and attractions.

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