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Places to Camp near Barren River Lake

Whether you're an RVer or tent camper, Barren River Lake, OR is a great place to post up for the weekend—or longer. Enjoy the scenic camping, fun activities, and sights and sounds of Barren River Lake. Find the best campgrounds near Barren River Lake, OR. Read helpful reviews and tips to find the perfect camping option for you and your crew.

Best Camping Sites Near Barren River Lake, OR (4)

  1. Camper-submitted photo from Baileys Point

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    Baileys Point

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    Lucas, Kentucky

    Overview

    Bailey's Point campground is the largest of the Army Corps of Engineers' campgrounds on Barren River Lake. This campground offers several waterfront campsites with scenic views of the lake. Though the campground is one of the largest, you won't know it. There is room to roam, five camping loops with diverse scenery, and private coves for swimming or mooring your boat. You are sure to find a site that's your escape to nature and relaxation. View a virtual tour of Barren River Lake.

    Recreation

    Baileys Point has a boat ramp for access to prime fishing, water skiing and boating. Several islands in proximity to the campground are great for a quick picnic getaway by boat. Birding is also a popular activity with a variety of species including kestrels, indigo buntings, bald eagles and at night you can hear the calls of barred owls. Hikers can explore the C.E. Rager Nature Trail and the Robert Foster Hiking Trail. Robert Foster Hiking Trail gives you the opportunity to see the diversity of trees Kentucky has to offer and the C.E. Rager Nature trail is a nice short stroll along the shoreline of the lake. Great for poking around and possibly seeing the resident white squirrel of Baileys Point!

    Facilities

    Baileys Point has 215 sites for a variety of RV and tent campers and is open April through October. Most sites are equipped with electric and water hookups. With two playgrounds, a sand volleyball court, basketball court and amphitheater for weekend movie nights, the campground offers plenty of opportunities for family entertainment.

    Natural Features

    The 10,000-acre lake is hugged by wooded hillsides in south-central Kentucky. With scenic views from almost every campsite, it's sure to make for a memorable camping experience.

    Nearby Attractions

    Across the lake from Baileys Point is the Barren River Lake State Resort Park, host of the Glasgow Highland Games. Other ramps and marinas close by are Port Oliver, Peninsula, and The Narrows. Not far away are other attractions such as the National Corvette Museum, Kentucky Down Under, Diamond Caverns, and many other day trips within reach. Visitors can explore Mammoth Cave National Park, an hour north of the campground.

    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.

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    $50 / night

  2. Camper-submitted photo from The Narrows

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    The Narrows

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    Lucas, Kentucky

    Overview

    The Narrows is a family-friendly campground on Barren River Lake, perfect for water lovers and anglers. The Narrows Campground is a 92-site area located near a marina and boat launch ramp. It is a moderately sized campground that has attracted many folks to return year after year. There are two loops open the full camping season.

    Recreation

    Boating and fishing are popular pastimes at The Narrows. Walk down to the shoreline and fish amongst the weeping willows or take off by boat to fish in a quiet setting at Coon, Green, Beaver or Skaggs Creek. The Narrows campground is also near open waters for tubing, skiing or wakeboarding. The campground backs into the Lindsey Nature Trail, where hikers can look of the steep limestone cliffs to get panoramic views of the lake while listening to the cicada's buzz throughout the afternoon. Or take a hike at dusk to hear the seasonal nighthawk call in the night.

    Facilities

    Each campsite has a water hook-up and electricity available during the months of May through September. The campground has an amphitheater, horseshoe pit, and an open grassy area to set up corn hole boards. Just across the road there is a picnic pavilion available for advanced reservation and includes an playground to explore. This campground is closed during winter months.

    Natural Features

    Find a place uphill along the cliffs or down at the gently sloping shoreline. Explore the islands between The Narrows and Bailey's Point you may just catch the glimpse of a deer that swam over for refuge.

    Nearby Attractions

    Just up the lake from The Narrows is the Barren River Lake State Resort Park host of the Glasgow Highland Games. The Narrows Marina is a short drive just outside the campground. Day trips to other local area attractions are the National Corvette Museum, Kentucky Down Under, Diamond Caverns, and Barren River State Resort Park. There are several other family attractions within the Glasgow, Bowling Green and Cave City region. Visitors can also explore Mammoth Cave National Park, an hour north of the campground.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
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    $50 / night

  3. Camper-submitted photo from Barren River Tailwater

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    Barren River Tailwater

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    Lucas, Kentucky

    Overview

    The Tailwater Campground offers 48-sites located along the Barren River, just below the dam. This lazy riverside campground is quieter than neighboring campgrounds and seems to have a slower pace since it is set below the lake, yet close enough for easy lake access. Annually, the campground is host to the Barren River Lake Scout Celebration which began in 1995. Scouts from surrounding states converge at the Tailwater Campground to celebrate, compete, and demonstrate their skills over the weekend. This event occurs every August and is something everyone can be a part of as a participant or on looker. View a virtual tour of Barren River Lake.

    Recreation

    The Tailwater provides a great location when fishing for catfish or hybrid striped bass, and downstream provides an opportunity to catch several different species of bass, as well as a variety of sunfishes. Try hiking the Steen Bergen Nature Trail for a chance to spot resident great horned owls, a variety of woodpeckers, migrating songbirds, or a family of chipmunks. The river offers a chance to see belted kingfishers, green herons, or maybe even an otter dining on an afternoon snack.

    Facilities

    Each site has water hook ups and electric available during the months of May through September. Primitive camping is available during the non-peak season with a dump station, potable water, and pit toilets offered during that time. The campground has an amphitheater, playground, beach volleyball court, horseshoe pit, and an open field for sports like softball or a fun game of tag. Other amenities just outside the campground at the stilling basin recreation area include: picnic sites, a pavilion available for reserving, playground, and basketball court.

    Natural Features

    Beautiful views of high cliffs and hills are on the other side of the river. Frequently you will see a bald eagle perched waiting for a fish to surface from the stilling basin's discharge. The surrounding woods are a quiet retreat and an opportunity for wildlife viewing at the permanent wildlife blind.

    Nearby Attractions

    The lake's shoreline is less than a mile away for swimming and boating activities. The premier recreation area, Port Oliver, is just across the dam and Quarry Road Recreation Area offers a reservable pavilion, fishing piers, playground, flush toilets, swimming area with beach, and a variety of picnic sites. Stop and visit Barren River Lake State Resort Park, host of the Glasgow Highland Games. Peninsula Marina is less than five miles away. Good day trips to other local area attractions include: the National Corvette Museum, Kentucky Down Under, and Diamond Caverns. There are several other family attractions within the Glasgow, Bowling Green, and Cave City region and visitors can explore Mammoth Cave National Park, an hour north of the campground.

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    $16 - $50 / night

  4. Camper-submitted photo from Beaver Creek

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    Beaver Creek

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    Lucas, Kentucky

    Overview

    The Beaver Creek Campground is located on the Northeast section of Barren River Lake. Tucked away behind a small island, this primitive style campground offers scenic views of the lake from each campsite. The campground provides a spectacular family friendly experience with water lovers and anglers in mind. This campground is also participating in a new Scan&Pay program, where customers will scan a QR code through the Recreation.gov app, and from there, customers will be able to reserve and pay for their camping site on a first-come, first-served basis. Before arrival, download the Recreation. gov app to use our new Scan&Pay feature for the Beaver Creek Campground. __Scan&Pay directions:__ 1. Select an unoccupied campsite and place your tent and equipment down to claim a spot. 2. Visit the kiosk, scan the QR code with the Recreation.gov app, and follow the onscreen instructions to reserve your site. 3. Be sure to follow any additional instructions regarding your campsite reservation. 4. If asked for proof of payment, simply show the confirmation number and QR code on your phone. Got cell connectivity? You___re all set! No cell connectivity? No problem! Your transaction will be marked as ___Pending___ until you reach cell connectivity later.

    Recreation

    Tucked away behind a small island on the lake, Beaver Creek provides a great location for beach use or water sports on the lake. Launch your boat at the Beaver Creek Boat Ramp to enjoy the spectacular fishing or open waters for tubing, skiing, or wakeboarding that Barren River Lake has to offer. You can also visit the other recreation areas nearby for added recreational opportunities such as boat rentals at the marinas or nature and hiking trails.__

    Facilities

    With the campground being primitive style, the sites do not have electric or water. There is a centralized water hydrant for drinking water. There are pit toilets located at the recreation area for use by campers and boat ramp users. The recreation area offers a beach, playground, and boat ramp.

    Natural Features

    Located in south-central Kentucky, this 10,000-acre lake provides spectacular views from on and off the water, as well as excellent wildlife viewing throughout the year. With several waterfront campsites, you can expect scenic views of the water and shoreline throughout your recreation experience.__

    Nearby Attractions

    Just down the road in either direction you will be able to find recreation areas on the lake that provide guests with various recreational opportunities. Port Oliver, Quarry Road, and Peninsula are all located towards the Barren River Lake Dam. These recreation sites offer fishing piers, boat ramps, marina, reservable pavilions, swimming areas with beach, nature and hiking trails, and various picnic spots. Also located nearby is Barren River Lake State Park and The Narrows Campground, which also provides marinas for boat rentals, swimming areas with beach, restaurant and snack bars, golf course, horseback riding, nature and hiking trails, and reservable pavilions. Day trips to local area attractions include: The National Corvette Museum, Kentucky Down Under, and Diamond Caverns. Another popular attraction when in the area is the Mammoth Cave National Park, which is located about 40 minutes north of the campground.

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    $12 / night


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