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Attention: New in 2014: All campsites are reservable. Reservations can be made the same day as your arrival.


Status: Closed through Thu May 01 2014   Season Dates


North Fork Campground is located on the shore of Rough River Lake in south central Kentucky.

The 5,100-acre lake is a hometown paradise for visitors who love the outdoors, and more than two million visitors camp, picnic, fish, swim, boat and relax on the lake shore each year.

Natural Features:

The rolling, forested hills of rural south central Kentucky offer an extraordinary setting for those who visit the lake. Rough River Lake provides views of ancient sandstone, shale and limestone cliffs.

An abundance of water in the area, both surface and underground, has carved through limestone to create a myriad of sinks and caverns.

The lake itself is home to numerous species of wildlife, including migratory songbirds and waterfowl.


A wide variety of recreational activities and facilities are provided at the lake, including ample opportunities for boating and fishing.

The most sought after fish are bass, crappie and catfish, and bass tournaments occur at the lake throughout the year.

Additionally, pontoon, johnboat and jet ski rentals are available at the nearby marinas.


North Fork Campground offers nearly 100 sites, half with electric hookups and half without.

Additional amenities include a dump station, playground, public beach, showers, a group picnic shelter and a boat ramp. Several campsites are on the waterfront, while others are just a short walk away.

Nearby Attractions:

The historic Green Farm is adjacent to the lake. It consists of about 3,000 acres, a large ancestral home, an old water-powered mill and store and a golf course. George Washington once owned part of the land.

Mammoth Cave National Park, which boasts the longest cave system in the world with more than 240 miles of mapped passageways, is about a one-hour drive away.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Dock
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Swimming
Know Before You Go
  • Off-road vehicles are not permitted
  • Campground attendants are on duty and can be reached at 270-257-8139
  • $3 per day boat ramp fee

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.62972, -86.43667
37°37'47"N, 86°26'12"W

From Louisville, Kentucky, take Highway 31 west to Highway 60. At Harned, Kentucky, turn left on Highway 259. Travel 9 miles and turn left on Highway 79 and follow for 9 miles to the campground entrance.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

9077 South Highway 259
McDaniels KY 40152

Phone Number:

Information: (270)257-8139