Primitive Camping

There is currently a firewood quarantine. To protect our forest NO FIREWOOD transported from out of state is allowed. This is to stop the transportation of the Asian longhorn beetle and the Sirex woodwasp. Once transported, both insects can kill local trees. 

Attention: Please be aware that security and law enforcement services are not provided for primitive camping areas. 

Primitive camping on Lake Cumberland is free.  Camping must be within a designated shoreline camping area. 

Primitive Camping Rules and Requirements

  • Primitive camping is allowed only on designated areas shown on the primitive camping map.  Click here to view the Primitive Camping map (PDF format).
  • 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.