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Established Camping

Moutardier

About

US Army Corps of Engineers

Nolin River Lake

Overview

Moutardier Campground sits on the shores of Nolin River Lake in the rolling landscape of southern Kentucky. The large lake and surrounding greenery create a recreational oasis for outdoor enthusiasts. Click here to take a tour of our lake.

Recreation

Known for its unique blue/green water, Nolin Lake is one of the top lakes in Kentucky for catfish, bass, crappie and walleye fishing. Visitors can enjoy scenic canoe and boat trips along the river, part of which is located within Mammoth Cave National Park. Boat ramps are provided around the lake for campers' convenience. The Moutardier, Ponderosa and Wax Marinas are located around the lake and offer pontoon and john boat rentals, as well as boat slips and groceries, bait, gas and more. Several hiking trails also wind along the shoreline and into the surrounding forest. Shady Creek Trail, located within the recreation area, is known for its array of wildflowers and greenery.

Facilities

Known for its unique blue/green water, Nolin Lake is one of the top lakes in Kentucky for catfish, bass, crappie and walleye fishing. Visitors can enjoy scenic canoe and boat trips along the river, part of which is located within Mammoth Cave National Park. Boat ramps are provided around the lake for campers' convenience. The Moutardier, Ponderosa and Wax Marinas are located around the lake and offer pontoon and john boat rentals, as well as boat slips and groceries, bait, gas and more. Several hiking trails also wind along the shoreline and into the surrounding forest. Shady Creek Trail, located within the recreation area, is known for its array of wildflowers and greenery.

Natural Features

Nolin Dam creates a 5,795-acre lake that draws more than two million visitors each year to enjoy water sports and camping in the surrounding expanse of rolling forest.

Nearby Attractions

Mammoth Cave National Park is located a short drive or ferry ride away from the campground, and several golf courses and riding stables are located around the lake.

contact_info

This location is unstaffed. To speak with our main office for general information, please call: (270) 286-4511.

Charges & Cancellations

* Once your reservation has been created, there will be a $10.00 fee to cancel and a $10.00 fee to change your sites or dates. * Cancellations made the day before, or up to the day after your arrival date will also be charged the first nights use fee. * No-Shows are charged a $20.00 fee plus the first nights use fee. * If your reservation is for 1 night, and you have been charged the first nights use fee, there is no $10.00 service fee.

Fee Info

No refunds for recreation use fees may be made at the project.

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Location

Moutardier is located in Kentucky

Detail location of campground

Directions

From Bowling Green, KY Follow US 31W North from Bowling Green for approximately 14 miles then turn left onto KY 101. In appriximately 6 miles, Hwy 101 becomes Hwy 259 North. Follow Hwy259 North for 16 miles before turning right on KY 2067. Drive approximately 2 miles and you'll see signs for the Moutardier Campground on the right. Total driving distance from Bowling Green is about 37 miles; driving time is around 55 minutes. From Louisville, KY Take I-65 south from Louisville for approximately 45 miles. Take exit 91, Follow WK Pkwy for 29 miles to exit 107(Hwy 259) Follow 259 South for 12 miles. Turn left on KY 2067. Drive approximately 2 miles and you'll see signs for the Moutardier Campground on the right. Total dricing distance from Louisville is about 88 miles; driving time is around 1 hour and 40 minutes. From Nashville, TN Take I65 North for approximately 66 miles. Merge onto KY 446 via exit 28 (towards Hwy 31W) Follow 31W North for approximately 10 miles, then turn left on KY 101. In appriximately 6 miles, Hwy 101 becomes Hwy 259 North. Follow Hwy259 North for 16 miles before turning right on KY 2067. Drive approximately 2 miles and you'll see signs for the Moutardier Campground on the right. Total driving distance from Nashville is about 100 miles; driving time is around 1 hour, 45 minutes.

Address

1343 Moutardier Road
Leitchfield, KY 42754

Coordinates

37.3163889 N
86.2330556 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.
  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
    Fair
  • Verizon
    Poor
  • AT&T
    Good
  • T-Mobile
    Unknown

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group
  • Cabins

Features

For Campers

  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • WiFi
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Sewer Hookups
  • Water Hookups
  • Pull-Through Sites
  • Big Rig Friendly

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23 Reviews

joseph B.
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2024

Decent

This campground has tried to cram as many people into it at one time as possible.  Sites are very close to each other that you could hear your neighbor burp or fart at any time day or night.  Otherwise, the campground is clean with good amenities.  If you are lucky enough to get a lake side spot, the views are good, but again, you will have neighbors.

Month of VisitJuly
D
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2023

Nice location and views

Very nice campground right on the water.  D013 is 20 yards uphill from shore.  Very nice gravel or concrete spots.  We were able put kayaks in right at our campsite.  Great views at sunset and sunrise.  Located about 35 minutes from Mammoth Cave.  We used it as our base to go visit the National Park.

Bathhouses are good 3.5/5 because showers are a little inconsistent - went from cold to scalding to a point that you can't stand under it.  Only other issue was that the fire rings are located right under the edge of your awning.  Your choice is to not pull in the whole way and block up to get it level or pull in so its level and make a very small fire.

I will stay there again.

SiteD013
Month of VisitSeptember
Overland O.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2023

Totally Beautuful

Camped in D Section right on the point with water on 3 sides of me. Very clean with the cleanest bathrooms and showers I have ever encountered in any campground.

SiteD032
Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Moutardier by Overland O., August 10, 2023
Bonnie F.
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2023

Waterfront View

Had a wonderful time at Moutardier. It has become one of my favorite camping spots. I also have Verizon Wireless and we did not have any issues with our service.

SiteA047
Month of VisitJuly
G
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2022

Wow! What a great park

One of the nidest COE parks we've found. Water & electric were great. The site we chose, #59 didn't have sewer, but made up for it in sheer beauty. No wifi, but ATT & Verizon were both very good. Did not try OTA TV, as we usually don't. This is only the second COE park on Nolan Lake we tried, the other being WAX, which we also loved, and both are outstanding in our experiences.

Gravel, level sites on a terraced hillside, with lake views for most all.

This is definetele on our "return to"list.

Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Moutardier by Gary P., September 30, 2022
  • Review photo of Moutardier by Gary P., September 30, 2022
  • Review photo of Moutardier by Gary P., September 30, 2022
catlin W.
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2022

Worst camp with a nice view?

So I love us army Corp of engineers sites normally. But this ain't one. It's a glorified RV park for friends of the park attendants. Besides check in not a single park staff spoke to us and the attendants would drive up to the RVs next to us to chat for hours with their friends. Ignoring everyone else. There is no drinking water besides the tap in the bathroom if you can even reach it through the mud and trash all over the bathrooms. No joke portapottys are cleaner than this place. the tent pads are covered in jagged rocks so be prepared to clean the site before using. And don't think about trying the beautiful grass patches shown in the pictures as they are angled to make the spots look good. When in reality they are steep drop offs. But hey nice views of the lake when party boats aren't zooming by at midnight

Sited12
Month of VisitOctober
Beth R.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2022

Nice campground

Nice campground on Nolin River Lake. 50 AMP site with water & dump station. No wifi.

Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Moutardier by Beth R., June 26, 2022
  • Review photo of Moutardier by Beth R., June 26, 2022
  • Review photo of Moutardier by Beth R., June 26, 2022
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L
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2022

A Great View And Beautiful Water!

Campground is really nice and clean. My campsite was a short walk down to the clear water and bath house was beside us. The water is emerald green and you can see through it! Much nicer than Barren River Lake because of the pretty green water. This is definitely my new favorite place to camp!

SiteE15
Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Moutardier by Laura W., June 17, 2022
  • Review photo of Moutardier by Laura W., June 17, 2022
  • Review photo of Moutardier by Laura W., June 17, 2022
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L
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2021

Hidden gem on a lake

Nice large sites. Ours had lake access and we only booked it a couple days in advance. Launched our kayaks from our site. Decent bicycling in the area. One day we visited mammoth cave national park, about 30 minutes away.

SiteA 12
Month of VisitNovember
Brie F.
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2021

For fun lovers, not nature lovers

This is a beautiful place with decent facilities and very kind campground hosts! The downside is the campsites are close together and the guests are more into partying than enjoying nature. We had one nice night, and the next night a RV pulled in almost on top of us (due to very close campsites) and started up an unusually loud generator, so we ended up leaving our stargazing / campfire and sitting in our car until 10 when they turned it off. Guess what? Quiet hours are 10pm to 6am - which is when it started up again. They got belligerent with the campground hosts about it, so we just packed up and left a day early. We just wanted some peace and quiet, which is why we were camping in the first place. So my recommendation is: if you're into quiet tent campsites, look elsewhere 😊 happy camping.

SiteA32
Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Moutardier by Brie F., October 13, 2021
  • Review photo of Moutardier by Brie F., October 13, 2021
  • Review photo of Moutardier by Brie F., October 13, 2021
David R.
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2019

Nice campground for medium to small campers

Very accommodating hosts. This must be a very old campground because the sites are short (most of them) and the roads are narrow with some sharp curves, not made for the longer campers made these days. The best sites by the lake are almost all basic no electric sites, which kinda sucks! But they are cheap enough to get as a second site to park your boat or fish.

  • Review photo of Moutardier by David R., September 15, 2019
  • Review photo of Moutardier by David R., September 15, 2019
  • Review photo of Moutardier by David R., September 15, 2019
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M
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2019

Close but nice!

Stayed in A029 on a Monday through Thursday in late June. The site is a pull through with a view of the lake. You should know that your view would be limited if someone chose one of the sites between you and the lake. However, the sites between you and the lake have no water and no power. The sites are close together in this campground. The shore by the A sites is rocky under the water. The showers were good but could have used a shower curtain between the shower and dressing area to help contain the water. There were 3 showers and they were free. There is a nice boat launch, fishing pier and playgrounds. For $25 a night this is a pretty nice place and is run by the Army Core of Engineers. We stayed here to spend some time in Manmoth which is about 30-40 minutes away. Check out Sherry’s Red Roof for at least one meal while you’re there. I had the catfish and coleslaw and they were both about the best I’ve eaten, if not the best. The prices are good there too. The only reason I gave it a 4 is due to the closeness of the sites and lack of shower curtain in the showers, but for $25 a night it’s still a great deal.

Haleigh H.
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2019

Heaven

This was the best campsite we have been to. It was crowded, but everyone was quiet, there were quiet hours. The sites had a great view no matter which loop you were on. You could walk right out to the water and go kayaking. The attendants were wonderful. Someone never left our site that we reserved, so we luckily got the best site at the camp. (A49)- seriously, people were fighting over that spot. The bathrooms were amazingly clean. We’ll definitely be going back.

  • Review photo of Moutardier by Haleigh H., June 20, 2019
L
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2018

Great bank fishing!

Love this campground. Have not found a bad spot yet. Family and pet friendly

SiteB19
Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Moutardier by Laura O., June 29, 2018
  • Review photo of Moutardier by Laura O., June 29, 2018
  • Review photo of Moutardier by Laura O., June 29, 2018
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L
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2018

Great fun at Halloween time!

Family friendly Halloween fun. Has a decorating contest with trick or treat in the campground. Safe and clean with lots of restrooms and lake front sites

SiteA65
Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Moutardier by Laura O., June 29, 2018
  • Review photo of Moutardier by Laura O., June 29, 2018
L
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2018

Great tent sites!

Absolutely loved tent camping here! Several modern bath houses with showers, toilets and sinks. Tent sites are spacious enough for multiple tents/ canopy's to be set up. Waterfront and has stairs to walk down to the water.

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Moutardier by Laura O., June 29, 2018
  • Review photo of Moutardier by Laura O., June 29, 2018
L
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2018

Friendly quiet clean and family friendly!

Great for tents or trailers and everything in between. 3 playgrounds with safe clean equipment. Plant of lake view sites and positioned to provide a semi private experience.

SiteB21
Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Moutardier by Laura O., June 29, 2018
  • Review photo of Moutardier by Laura O., June 29, 2018
  • Review photo of Moutardier by Laura O., June 29, 2018
Pawsfuradventure T.
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2017

Lakeside, fisherman's paradise

Moutardier Campground is a fisherman’s paradise. It is located on Nolin River Lake. Our site was lakeside which was beautiful (Site D6). This campsite offered electric/water hookup, fire pit, picnic table, filet table, bathrooms, and showers. There were boat ramps, a marina nearby to rent boats, and also offered a playground. Pets were welcomed (we have a dog and a hiking cat). We also had cell service (Verizon). 

The view of the lake from the teardrop camper was awesome. We kayaked around the lake which was very enjoyable - saw ducks, and birds such as a grey heron. Also lots of fish jumping. There are power boats allowed in the lake. Many people were fishing from their boats, kayaks, or from the shore. 

There is also a two mile hike that is in the campground called Shady Creek Trail. It looked like it had not been hiked in a while but it went through woods, small stream and had a cool rock formation at one part that you would swear is a haven for snakes. Pets enjoyed it but beware if you do not like spiders. This trail was covered in spiders and webs. No exaggeration that we cleared about a hundred spiders out of our path. 

The campground was very well manicured and clean. Many of the sites were right on the lake. They were close together but did not seem it as they were on different levels and angles. Everyone was quiet and courteous. Bathrooms were very clean and well lit. The showers were “dated” - water stains but clean. Great water pressure and hot water. 

There was no store on the campground but 5 minutes away was a great little restaurant called Sherry’s that we had both lunch and breakfast at. Food was delicious (fried dill pickle chips!) and one could buy bags of ice. 

Overall this was a very relaxing campground. We met some wonderful people who have been coming to the campground for years. It is about 30 minutes from Mammoth Caves which was a great place to explore. Overall we gave the campground a 4 - lakeside and if you love to fish - it’s paradise.

SiteD6
Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Moutardier by Pawsfuradventure T., September 11, 2017
  • Review photo of Moutardier by Pawsfuradventure T., September 11, 2017
  • Review photo of Moutardier by Pawsfuradventure T., September 11, 2017
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Shelly S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2017

Ranger Review: Tentsile Connect Tree Tent at Moutardier Campground, KY

What's that name...

Campground Review: Coming from Western Kentucky Parkway W or KY I65 either way you drive in to Moutardier Campground you will end up on Rt 259.

Several interesting places along Rt 259; The Bee Spring motorsports ( MUD DRAGS!) and The Bee Spring Restaurant. Further out is Ralph's Market, fuel and groceries and Alexander's Farm about 6 miles down Rt 259 toward Litchfield, JOHN DEERE TRACTORS, enough said !

Right outside Moutardier Campground on Rt 2067 is Sherry's Red Roof restaurant (open Sunday! And local fare; catfish, ribs, spuds, fried appetizers and ice....it is NOT fast food but the locals were eating there sooo)

Now the Campground. Army Corp of Engineers knows how to landscape and maintain a Dam, Lake and beautifully manicured and laid out campgrounds. Moutardier fits the mold. The sites are strategically stacked in each loop. Close but angled so you see a lot of your neighbors but a lot of scenery too.

The staff was awesome; friendly, informative and helpful. The facilities were well maintained and clean. I asked to change sites due to there being no trees on the site I had reserved. The attendant opened C loop for me, which is not directly on the lake and was in the trees.

Product Review: As a Ranger for The Dyrt I get to test gear, I won a Tentsile coupon in May from The Dyrt.

Tentsile's tree tent is an eco-friendly concept which is a totally cool. I upgraded to a Connect Tree Tent, which is a two person massively huge , lotsa head room tent. The set up is actually really easy once you get the hang of it. There are 4 zippered openings on the tree tent, mess pockets for your phone, keys, etc and the option to go topless or throw the rain cover on for rain and weather protection.

The one major con is finding an appropriate area to set up the Tentsile. If you don't know the campground you may end up in a site without any trees or not the right configuration needed. The Tentsile can be set up on the ground but what's the fun in that.

Otherwise I am totally liking this Tree Tent! I tried it with and without an air mattress. The mattress worked better for my decrepit self. Took the dogs a bit to get used to it, was like a slip and slide for them. We figured it out though, I put their mattress pad in and that worked well for them ;)

SiteC7
Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Moutardier by Shelly S., June 21, 2017
  • Review photo of Moutardier by Shelly S., June 21, 2017
  • Review photo of Moutardier by Shelly S., June 21, 2017
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Leah P.
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2016

peaceful

love going to place that is not crowded when I want to spend time with nature

  • Review photo of Moutardier by Leah P., September 1, 2016
Bran P.
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2016

Very beautiful

The campground only had about 5 or so RVs in it and we thought we would have a few days of quiet. It sits right on Nolin Lake which is supposed to be infamous for it's blue-green waters.

  • Review photo of Moutardier by Bran P., July 18, 2016
Sara S.
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2016

on the water

What a well maintained place to camp! The sites were not very private, but we there are sites right on the water, which made the limited seclusion less of a concern. Nice trails to walk and nearby places to rent a boat. We came here while on a trip to Mammoth Cave (very near- ½ hour drive).

Stephanie T.
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2016

Stunning views and helpful employees

Variety of amenities including a restaurant nearby (did not eat there). Clean bathrooms, running water and an amazing view of the lake. Cannot speak to the fishing as I don't fish.

  • Review photo of Moutardier by Stephanie T., July 2, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Moutardier have RV hookups?

According to TheDyrt.com, Moutardier has water hookups and sewer hookups.

What is the max vehicle length at Moutardier?

Moutardier allows vehicles up to 100 feet.

Are fires allowed at Moutardier?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Moutardier, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Moutardier have wifi?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Moutardier does have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Moutardier?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is poor, AT&T is good, and T-Mobile is unknown.

How hard is it to get a campsite at Moutardier?

Some campers book as far as 6 months in advance, so on high-demand weekends it can be very difficult to get a campsite at Moutardier. If you want to get a last-minute campsite at Moutardier, try setting up a text message Alert at TheDyrt.com/alerts

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There are 167 campsites at Moutardier and over 80 million Americans who camp! Try snagging a cancellation by setting up a text message Alert at TheDyrt.com/alerts