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About Birmingham Ferry/Smith Bay - LBL
National Forest
Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
Boat In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
No Drinking Water
No Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
No Firewood Available
No Market
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Not Reservable
No Showers
Trash Available
No WiFi
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RVs and Trailers
No Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
No Water Hookups
Birmingham Ferry/Smith Bay - LBL is located in Kentucky
36.922 N
-88.154 W
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3 Reviews of Birmingham Ferry/Smith Bay - LBL
Great swimming and paddling access

We last visited BF during the 1st week of June. The lake water was so high that all of the really nice sandy beaches close by were covered. However. The paddling was fantastic, and the water was plenty warm for swimming. (Way warmer than my pool at home!) There were 5 other family groups spread around the main camping area. All quiet and respectful of one another. I was surprised that the pit toilet was open, as the LBL website had said they were closed. Not only was it open but it was cleaned daily! Lots of folks driving through on their way to the boat ramp. A few gawkers driving about but not nearly as bad as all the golf carts in the big campgrounds! No bugs. Lovely weather. Saw one small water snake. Only issue with this Campground is that lots of people occupy sites during just the day for the swimming. Thus, plan to arrive early or late for the prime waterfront spots.

nice campground

Birmingham ferry is a good campground for " primitive" camping. there is a picnic table at each sight, a boat ramp, and a couple of places to fish. there are always friendly people at this campground. There are drag boat races here a couple times a year.

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Drag Boat Racing & Camping: go together like PB&J

Birmingham Ferry is the elite campground for national level drag boat racing, and the camp ground reflects the elite sport enthusiasts who enjoy drag boat racing while camping. While considered to be back country and primative (only select sites have electric or water) people come in from all over the US to participate in the drag boat races every year. All roads to campground are paved, and campground roads are gravel or compacted rock. The campground is terraced, and actually spreads through several sections that provide campers with the choice of being very close to the water (or activities if racing is going on) or further in the woods and more quiet. The boat ramp has a large parking area at the ramp and on the plateau above the ramp, providing for long term trailer parking. While most all sites are long or large enough for RV's in the immediate boat ramp area, you will need to be a confident driver to back a camper up and onto some sites. The campground is divided into the original or "old" side, with the large boat ramp, and the flatter side is gated and has more of the paved sites. The gated side is closed to walk-in camping during specific times of year in order for Birmingham Ferry to host drag boat racing (this year's schedule is posted as a photo). This is a fee camping area, and requires registration, available at either Welcome Station or any of the four hosted campgrounds.