Visitors enjoying an afternoon in one of Lake Cumberland's campgroundsLake Cumberland Camping

Lake Cumberland boasts five developed campgrounds and numerous primitive camping sites.  Primitive camping is allowed in designated camping areas noted on the map.


Primitive Camping

Primitive camping on Lake Cumberland is free.  Visitors can primitive camp anywhere on Corps managed land unless it is within 300 feet from developed campgrounds, lease areas such as marinas, roads, ramps and trails (this is mentioned on the back of the primitive camping map). To acquire a map please contact our office at 606-679-6337.

  •  Campers are responsible for removing any garbage from their campsite before they leave. 
  • Cutting of trees or other vegetation is prohibited. 
  • No permanent structures, nails, or other fixtures are allowed on trees. 
  • Campers are responsible for their campfires and shall not leave them unattended. 
  • Toilets are not available therefore campers should bury waste 6 inches deep and a least 200 feet from the shoreline.
  •  There is no fee required for primitive camping. 
  • There are no reservations for sites; each site is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 
  • The placement of camping equipment on a campsite for the purpose of reserving that site for future use is prohibited.  Personal property left for such a purpose is subject to impoundment.  Any property left unattended in excess of twenty-four hours is also subject to impoundment. 
  • There is a two-week limit within a consecutive 30 day time period for camping on Lake Cumberland

Camping Reservations

You can enjoy nationwide one-stop shopping for reservations at selected Federal recreation facilities, including facilities of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other Federal Facilities. Advanced campsite reservations are recommended and can be made by calling toll free at 1-877-444-6777 or electronically on the web at

For more information on Lake Cumberland's campgrounds visit out "Campground" section.