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About Wax

Wax 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 herefor a tour of the lake.


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 Moutardier Recreation Area, is known for its array of wildflowers and greenery.


Wax Campground offers 110 reservable campsites, complete with modern amenities like electric hookups and flush toilets. Campsites are located along the shoreline, allowing easy access to the lake and beaches for visitors.

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.

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 site 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.

ADA Access: N

Fee Info
No Refunds for recreation use fees may be made at the project or campground.
$15.00 - $25.00
US Army Corps of Engineers
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Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Sewer Hookups
Water Hookups
Wax is located in Kentucky
37.3417 N
-86.1292 W
Get Directions
From Louisville, take I-65 south to exit 76 and turn west onto Highway 224. After 9 miles turn left on Highway 479, then continue for another 8 miles and turn left onto Highway 88. Continue into the campground entrance.
2 Reviews of Wax
Hidden jewel

My family and I loved this little campground. It was well maintained and had great activities for the kids.

First to Review

Wax Campground is located on Nolin River Lake, which is managed by the Army Corp of Engineers. Translated; well maintained, picturesque and organized.

Off Western Kentucky Parkway or KYI65 depending on where your coming from and an interesting drive through the Kentucky countryside will get you there. Nearby is Mammoth Cave National Park, also worth a visit but reserve your spelunking way ahead or you ain't getting down under;)

Wax Campground is all about the water. It's directly across from the Nolin Lodge and Wax Marina. Some of the sites are right above the lake and easily accessible with your watercraft or fishing rods.

The sites are packed in the loops they are in, you will see a lot of your neighbors when on shore. Some of the sites are better shaded then others.

One thing I learned about The Army Corp of Engineers is that they will close certain loops so that they don't have to carry them on their books. So when you arrive it may be possible to scope out another spot and change sites. I wouldn't rely on that and skip reserving though.