Staci R.

Cadiz, KY

Joined August 2016

Gypsy blood keeps me wandering in the great outdoors. Love experiencing God's country as a traveler, not a tourist!

Reeled in at Reelfoot SP

This is a great state park campground, with the water and electric close to each pad, Although some sites have water on one side & electric on the other! The camp sites out along the main road actually faced the main road, so your front door opens on to the main road about 75' away. Camp sites on the water are great, but it's not an easy walk in to the water, there are cypress knuckles and no beaches. campsites along the end and side between 19 - 25 are actually backed by swampy overgrown woods, rather than actual waterfront. There are a lot of snakes so be aware of those.

Getting Reeled at Reelfoot

Campground is well layed out with everything well marked. The campsites all have Blacktop drives With concrete pads for picnic tables. Picnic tables are fastened down so you cannot move them. Water and electric are near each site as well as a standard fire ring. There are 2 shower houses on each end of the campground and then there are also several bathrooms on each opposing corner so they're close to all camp sites. Beware the lake has a lot of snakes, so if you are in a lake front campsite you are more likely to see snakes. And the sights along the leg from 23 24 25 up to 68 and on down to the seventies on the map looks like it's lake front but it's actually backed with wooded overgrowth.

Old Home is aged, but still a hidden gem

Located very close to Bardstown and a lot of distilleries on the bourbon trail, the campground is great, very small fills up fast. Like most Kentucky state parks be prepared for required extensions to your power and water hoses because with exception of a couple of sites everything is at least 30 to 36' away from your hook up. Beware of site 19 and the site next to the dump station because on the map it looks far away but in reality as you can see in the pictures it is right on top one another and creates congestion on Sunday morning during checkout.

Winter wonderland of Camping

JICG is easily accessed after paying you parking fee at the Island entrance. Signs lead you back to JICG & they are easy to see & read. Check in was done online & stopping at guard shack as we arrived resulted in super fast final check in. We were escorted to our space(s), and provided written literature with maps & info. Staff was helpful everything we had questions and most everyone knew the area well & gave good advice & directions. Campground is expanding, but construction was not underway during our stay. The new bath house isn't completely ready yet, and the two current bath houses need some improving, but one will be converted to offices when the new bath house opens, so thats The Island has a ton of activities, history, beaches, museums etc to keep everyone busy. We've already rebooted sites for this Spring's 10K…

Frosty January camping

Isaac Creek campground is very well laid out. All of the campground's staff are friendly, helpful, and just pleasant to work with. I stayed on site 45 which had an electrical problem, on going for several months, and although no one could come fix it the weekend I was here, they offered to immediately move me to an open site. The bathhouse was very clean, Can't ground and common grounds were also well kept. The marine museum is closed, looks like permanently. Overall this was a very clean pleasant campground to visit and would recommend it.

Big adventures @ BBL

A well groomed and cared for campground surrounded by a museum, bison prairie, hiking trails & other outdoor activities. Small, historical communities outside the campground within a short drive provide for shopping in quaint stores with one of a kind buys, notable pictures & great memories.

Closed campground

Unfortunately this Corps of Engineers campground is closed. Every time I drive near the location, The Dyrt app pops it up for review.

The staff makes this worth the cost, even in the off season

Prizer Point is where I hostess a (Usually) large-ish group of women campers for a looong weekend of festivities. Our weekend themes have been simple (this year I taught Geocaching) to full blown festival (last year was Pirate's in the Cove). The success of the event weekends is largely due to the amazing staff at Prizer, as they accommodate a lot of last minute pleas for changes and help!  The pools were (and usually are not) open when the women and I come to camp on our "week-end" (every September), and the lake was already at winter pool this year, but that makes it quite easy to launch a kayak, or SUP. During this stay we were in the "cove" area where Hurricane creek opens into Lake Barkley, on the original side of the park, where there is only water and electric hook ups. Prizer has a "honey wagon" that comes and pumps your waste water tanks every other day or as needed. (The new lagoon area has full hook up so you don't need the honey wagon.) This side is closer to the larger bath houses, with the community room and swimming pools centrally located. When we were on this side, we hosted  a Pirate's Themed weekend, with over 35 women participating. One of our participants couldn't attend, as she lost her battle with illness just a week before the event, and the staff at Prizer "memorialized" her campsite for us during the weekend.

Great during end of season for large groups

Prizer Point is where I hostess a (Usually) large-ish group of women campers for a looong weekend of festivities. Our weekend themes have been simple (this year I taught Geocaching) to full blown festival (last year was Pirate's in the Cove). The success of the event weekends is largely due to the amazing staff at Prizer, as they accommodate a lot of last minute pleas for changes and help! This customer service amenity was truly evident this last April, when I hosted over 70 women campers from across the United States who camp local to a natural disaster area while they do volunteer services in the affected community - the Prizer staff made our stay very accommodating, even opening up the new "lagoon" area for our RV's with freshly paved full hookup pull through sites, a beautifully renovated bath house, large grassy area for gathering and our tent campers, and a bonfire area. The pools were (are usually are not) open when the women and I come to camp on our "week-end" (every September), and the lake was already at winter pool this year, but that makes it quite easy to launch a kayak, or SUP right from the floating dock that is sitting on the bottom of the inlet.  In years past we've stayed in the cove area, on the original side of the park, where there is only water and electric hook ups. Prizer has a "honey wagon" that comes and pumps your waste water tanks every other day or as needed. The new lagoon area has full hook up so you don't need the honey wagon.

Traditional well kept campground

I've stayed at Energy several times, and thought this would be a good time to update the review. Energy Lake is in Land Between the Lakes (LBL) and is ideal for nature viewing, hiking, swimming and hanging out by the camp fire. There are four loops, with A being the newest camping loop, B has been converted to all single room cabins, C & D remain unchanged, but are well kept and maintained. The staff at this campground is AMAZING, and very knowledgeable about LBL and the two small towns on either side of LBL (Aurora and Cadiz). The lake itself is man made, and motorized water craft are not permitted being there is a nature sanctuary in the back creek end of the lake, which makes for great swimming, and my favorite lake to kayak through with all three dogs on board. There are multiple access points to the lake with roads leading to the lake from both sides for launching, or you can paddle across.  There are NO WATER or SEWER hookups at any of the sites, and the sites in A & B are compacted gravel, designed for either RV or tent, loop D's sites are all paved and preferred by RV's.

Transient camping is in the hollow, seasonal camping is up the hill

This campground is really designed for the seasonal camper who wants to park their RV and go back and forth on the weekends.  There is very limited spaces for the "transient" or traditional RV, although there is water and electric hook up. The RV sites are basically in a grass area in the bottom of the hollow, and you back in or pull through if no one is already camped at the same hookup area.  There is a beach, a pool, a dump station (which could be on the wrong side of the road if you don't know which way to pull out for it to be on the correct side for your RV - and located in an area that could present a steep hill and curve to navigate to it.) The seasonal RV's are packed in tightly, and there isn't much privacy.  If you camp in the hollow, and need to walk up to your friend's RV (which we did), you're going to want a golf cart as the roads and terraces are quite steep. This just isn't my idea of camping, although the seasonal RV'ers are quite happy with it. I think I would move down to Eddy Creek for a better equipped site

Great access to river to learn fly fishing

Stayed in the West campground with a large group of women campers. We met up, camped and learned to fly fish in the river, so didn't have much opportunity to hike trails or do much anything else offered in the campground or in the local area (although we did eat locally and enjoyed the local brews!) Camp sites are level, but most on our end had pretty steep drop offs from the side of the blacktop, and while each site has a picnic table and fire ring, most of us on the outside edge of the loop had to go up or down well crafted railroad tie style steps to access the table and fire ring. There really wasn't enough room outside the door of my RV to set up a table, and even less space for my Jeep to park, but the friends on the inside of the loop had none of these issues. Would recommend staying on inside of loop if you plan on using your "yard" area. Fortunately most of my time was spent on the river learning to fly fish. If your intent is to fish the river, be sure to check the generator schedule for the dam before you tote all your stuff to the river, as there are restrictions on fishing when the generators are running.

A Resort RV park

Eddy creek RV park is very well kept, clean, and somewhat secluded on Lake Barkley. Only open from April through Oct, the RV camp area is behind a code locked gate, which helps to keep the park private. There is a dump station, laundry facility, bath house , propane available and Echo Charlie's restaurant that serves typical American food that includes large servings!  I didn't see any tent sites, only RV sites, most with newer looking decks, level sites, electric and water hookup to each site.  The beach is private, the pool is private, everything is within walking distance, but most people were using golf carts, as it is a good distance from the RV area to the restaurant or the pool.  Bicycling would also be ideal, most areas are paved or at least compacted gravel.

Scout's Honor, this is the real dispersed campground

There are NO AMENITIES at this collection of dispersed camp sites. It's really is the place the boy scouts used to go "way back in the day" to learn camping skills, fire skills, knot tying skills and badges after a weekend in the woods.  It is within a half mile (or less) of Dispersed LB-154, and mimics it, except there still exists the old road coming in and circling around. There are currently several rock fire rings in different areas other people had camped, and this area is very usable for a group. It is also very over grown, hasn't been mowed or maintained in more than 8 or 10 years (according to the Park Rangers), and "not for the faint of heart" (same Ranger!) There is one road in and the same road out, leading off of FS-154. From the one side, you can look across the water and see Dispersed Site LB-154. There is no drinking water, no toilets, no port-a-john, nothing here but quiet. There is an old concrete pylon sticking out of the water, possibly from an old bridge, or maybe an old dock being it was actually a camp for kids in it's past. There were a lot of persimmon trees loaded with fruit, if you'd like to make jam.

5 Star Dispersed? Planning ahead will make the difference

This site is quite remote feeling, but for a dispersed site, it is absolutely the BEST, which is why it is sometimes difficult to secure it, being it is first come first served. Be sure to have your dispersed camping permit before coming out! They are available online, and at any of the Visitor's centers. The roads coming out to this site are graded graveled roads, and do not require 4WD, however some of the roads are still blocked by trees felled (probably during December 2021 tornados), so you won't want to be dragging a trailer behind you when you turn a curve to see a fallen oak.  I traveled in on FS-154 and turned left onto the road that runs next to the site. When leaving, I attempted to continue traveling down the unnumbered road toward FS-134, but both directions in the fork were blocked by trees. This campsite is very popular, even though there are ZERO AMENITIES, which means you need to know and understand sanitation ("cat holes") as there are no port-a-johns or vault toilets, there is also NO POTABLE water, so you either pack it in or bring your filter and drink lake water. 

The campsite itself is on a small peninsula, just big enough for a large two room tent, a makeshift fire ring, and a vehicle. I was there during the lake's winter pool, so the water was very low, leaving a lot of easy walkable entry areas into the bay or inlet area.  Forrest service checks in with dispersed campers often, so staying longer than the time allowed is usually not an option, but there are also other really nice dispersed areas near by to move to,

Not really a resort campground, but still nice enough

Kenlake State Resort Park is very nice, but the campground is kind of forgotten on the other side of the 68/80 bypass. First be aware there are several seasonal campers who pretty much feel like they own the place, so their children's running around on golf carts, bicycles and walking through your camp to get to the "trail" between the two sides of the campground may make you uncomfortable. Second, in August the State park hosts Hot August Blues, so the campground will be booked solid well in advance for that weekend. Third, it is a nice campground, well kept, with amenities and it is located next to Kentucky Lake, and not really too far from some moderately large cities like Murray or Benton. There are no major retailers nearby, except the local convenience stores and the ever infamous Dollar General.  Belew's Dairy Dip is also nearby, a few Mom & Pop restaurants, and "antique" general store that has the largest ever selection of soda pops, and that is about it. My experience with the restaurant at the state park did not improve any from last year's visit, so I don't know that I'll return.  The amenities you expect (bath house, hook ups) are here though, so if you want to be close to Land Between the Lakes, hiking, fishing or just being out doors, this is a good and affordable option. Next door is some historic areas with signage to guide you and explain the significance of the original park (see the photo of the historical marker).

First come, first served - Basic campground

This is the "developed" side of Twin Lakes, but it is only more developed because the sites each have cement tables and fire rings. There is also a vault toilet at the farthest end of the camp site, so if you choose a site with a trail to the water, you are going to hike up and over to the lou.  This is also a basic (dispersed) campground, and you will need to purchase your permit prior to coming out.  Pack in everything you need.  The views are okay here, I just didn't see a whole lot to draw me back here. It is close to the North-South trail. It is very quiet here, and most campsites are level and grassy, which is a plus when tent camping. There is a small beach with gravel shore, but not much sand.

Twin Lakes, the boat ramp side - intended for walk up dispersed camping,

Twin lakes actually has two campgrounds associated with one name, and they are right next to one another. This twin lakes is older, with a boat ramp and ONE port-a-jon… but this one has almost all shade and canopy, has campsites tucked away from the others, sits right on the North-South trail, and sites 5 & 6  are blended into a bigger group type campsite.  There are no amenities here, and my cell signal was iffy one moment and three bars the next (AT&T). Follow the directions to the Twin Lakes sign, then take the turn by the "boat ramp" sign on the left at the fork. Follow it back a good ways, and it will open to the campground. All sites are first come, first serve, require a Basic Campground (Dispersed) camping permit which you have to purchase at any of the visitor's centers prior to your arrival. 

I believe this campgound was originally intended for those to use while hiking the full (or north leg) of the North-South trail, and as vehicles kept coming back, the "roads" back to the sites off the water developed. I wouldn't bring an RV back here to boon dock, unless you knew you were going to end up on site 5 or 6… and then it would still be a maybe.

First to Review
Basic Campground - Pack in all you need (except toilet!)

Denumbers is considered a back country campground in Land Between the Lakes. The road going back into the campground is paved, and the roads in the campground are compacted gravel. This is a well maintained campground whose only amenity is a vault toilet, and trash dumpster. The views of the lake are amazing, and this is a quiet area that allows for easy kayaking or other small water craft. There is a boat ramp, and zero entry areas into the water for launching. 

A Dispersed Camping (Basic Camping) permit is required to camp here and you must purchase these at any of the three Visitor's Centers PRIOR to coming out! I've been told (by LBL LEO) that if you arrive after the centers are closed, but go get the permit first thing in the morning when they open, you will be good…

Best campground in north side of Land Between the Lakes

Energy Lake campground is well planned, the staff are amazing, and with a little planning, the best option for affordable camping that puts you on a small natural preserve lake perfect for kayaking and SUP boarding. Most difficult thing is remembering to fill the fresh water tank (if you are RV'ing) before you set up!! Electricity is on almost every site (there are a couple sites in a few areas that do not have electric & therefor have a reduced rental rate). Each area has "city" water available at hose bibs located in central locations in each area.  Some sites have waterfront "views" with trails going down to the lake, others have waterfront walk in availability.  You can also drive to the beach (it's got imported sand deposited there every new season!), and there are several areas to launch NONMOTORIZED watercraft. There are restrictions on this lake due to the wildlife refuge and preserve in the back of the lake - no motorized watercraft of any sort. There is camp fire wood, propane and a very small selection of necessities available at the entry gate/check-in. Closest retail store, gas station and alcohol is approximately 10-12 miles from the campground. This campground attracts a lot of tent & car campers as well as small RV's, and there are almost always smaller walk up sites available if the reservation system says there are no available positions. You will want to call before you haul though, because a few of those walk ups are less than 20 feet in length.

AREA B is only cabins… and the cabins are basically one room cabins, with bunks and a queen or full sized bed, with electric and AC. You still have to treck to the bath house for toilet, shower and the hose bib for water. The cabin basically just provides sleeping shelter.