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Backcountry Camping in LBL

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Explored:  June 28, 2004 by Shawn Dunnaway

When visitors to the Lakes set out to camp, most of them turn to one of the many campgrounds in the surrounding area.  However, there are those select few who choose to brave the great outdoors without the comforts that traditional campgrounds have to offer.  They choose to merge with nature through the sport of backcountry camping. 

As someone who enjoys backcountry camping 5-6 times per season, I have compiled a quick list for those of you who'd like to try it. 

  1. Get a permit - you can get these from the visitors center at Golden Pond. Nightly permits and seasonal permits are available. 
  2. Find the perfect spot - With over 170,000 acres of undeveloped land, and over 300 miles of shoreline, LBL is a camper's dream. Don't be afraid to get off the beaten path.  Explore the many roads and paths that dead-end at the water.  Maps with all the roads and trails can be found at the visitors center. 
  3.  Check the weather in advance.
  4.  Check for burn bans by calling the LBL office at 1-800-LBL-7077.
  5.  Bug spray, Bug Spray, Bug spray.
  6.  Pack your supplies, gather your friends and family, and go camping!

Backcountry Camping:  serene, fulfilling, peaceful, exciting, beautiful.  If you're still not convinced, check out these photos from a few of our most memorable camping excursions.

The Homeplace
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

The Single Pen Cabin is one of many historic buildings at the Homeplace 1850's working farm in Land Between The Lakes.