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Land Between The Lakes Backcountry Camping

Camping in LBLImagine pitching your tent in the middle of nowhere, miles from civilization.  After some evening fishing, you decide to call it a night, sleeping under the vast starry sky - stars you've never been able to see because of the city's lights. 

As the lake's small waves lap against the shore, you drift off to sleep in the gentle breeze.  Come morning you awake to find a breathtaking sunrise over some fog on the water, and you witness a heron grab a small fish for breakfast.  This is backcountry camping, and it awaits you at the Land Between The Lakes!

With over 170,000 acres of undeveloped land, and over 300 miles of shoreline, LBL is a camper's dream.  From civilized camping facilities complete with showers, electricity, and RV hook-ups, to absolute seclusion along bays, in forests, or on hiking trails, LBL is the place for campers.

Backcountry camping is permitted year-round anywhere in LBL except for cemeteries, picnic areas, fee campgrounds, the Environmental Education Area and within 200 yards US 68.  A Backcountry Camper Use Permit is required.  The permit along with rules and regulations can be purchased at the LBL Visitor's Center at Golden Pond.

For more information on "civilized" campgrounds, see our Campgrounds section.
For more information on LBL's camping facilities, see Land Between The Lakes Campgrounds.

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Photo by Melodie Cunningham

Springtime is the perfect time to explore the wide variety of native plants growing in the lakes region! Over 1,130 native flora species live in LBL.