not cool as in cold, it was scorching hot. but being on the river and with such a great view, the shade was a good deal. super inexpensive and the camp host is very nice.
This gem in the Land Between the Lakes Rec area is a great spot to set up camp if you don’t mind the lack of showers. There is a picnic area higher up the campgrounds offering nice reprieve from the hot sun with ample shade, and some have a nice overlook view of the lake below. There is a boat ramp and a dock for your boating needs, and many spots along the shoreline to set up camp for some waterfront views and sounds from the lake. I loved the intimacy of this place – there weren’t a lot of spots to choose from, but it was a great spot close to the other recreation services on offer (the Woodlands Nature station is south only a few miles). If you can do without the showers, I would recommend staying here within the park. In fact, I would say this is the best non-shower site in the park.
Tucked away on an old dead end road (Forrest Service Rd 118), Craven's Bay campground is remote back country camping, right on the lake, but far away from any visitor attraction in Land Between the Lakes. Craven's Bay is a favorite of locals to both sides of the Rivers, and many who stay here are decendants of the gone by era of folks who lived in the area before TVA and the government converted it to Land Between the Lakes. It is a drive to get anywhere, so bring everything you need. The roads leading back are all paved, and the campground is also right off the North South hiking trail, so bikers and hikers also find Craven's Bay a welcome rest stop.