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Reservations can be made up to six months in advance and upon the season open date on the same day as arrival.

TAILWATER, KY

The Tailwater Campground offers 48-sites located along the Barren River, just below the dam. This lazy riverside campground is quieter than neighboring campgrounds and seems to have a slower pace since it is set below the lake, yet close enough for easy lake access. Annually, ...
Status: Closed through Sun Sep 21 2014   Season Dates

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  • Firewood restrictions are in effect. Due to the spread of invasive insects and disease, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Help protect our forests by purchasing or collecting firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Click here for more information.
  • Off-highway vehicles are not permitted
  • A fee is charged for day visitors
  • Boats must meet all Kentucky boating laws and regulations.
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Photos
Photo: TAILWATER Site 43 Photo: TAILWATER Stilling Basin Photo:  TAILWATER  Picnic area @ stilling basin Photo: TAILWATER-Port Oliver Rec Area just across the road from Tailwater Photo: TAILWATER Annual Scout Celebration Photo: TAILWATER Tower sunrise
Overview

Overview

The Tailwater Campground offers 48-sites located along the Barren River, just below the dam. This lazy riverside campground is quieter than neighboring campgrounds and seems to have a slower pace since it is set below the lake, yet close enough for easy lake access.

Annually, the campground is host to the Barren River Lake Scout Celebration which began in 1995. Scouts from surrounding states converge at the Tailwater Campground to celebrate, compete, and demonstrate their skills over the weekend. This event occurs every August and is something everyone can be a part of as a participant or on looker.

Natural Features:

Beautiful views of high cliffs and hills are on the other side of the river. Frequently you will see a bald eagle perched waiting for a fish to surface from the stilling basin’s discharge. The surrounding woods are a quiet retreat and an opportunity for wildlife viewing at the permanent wildlife blind.

Recreation:

The Tailwater provides a great location when fishing for catfish or hybrid striped bass, and downstream provides an opportunity to catch several different species of bass, as well as a variety of sunfishes. Try hiking the Steen Bergen Nature Trail for a chance to spot resident great horned owls, a variety of woodpeckers, migrating songbirds, or a family of chipmunks. The river offers a chance to see belted kingfishers, green herons, or maybe even an otter dining on an afternoon snack.

Facilities:

Each site has water hook ups and electric available during the months of May through September. Primitive camping is available in the off season with pit toilets offered during that time. The campground has an amphitheater, playground, beach volleyball court, horseshoe pit, and an open field for sports like softball or a fun game of tag. Other amenities just outside the campground at the stilling basin recreation area include: picnic sites, a pavilion available for reserving, playground, and basketball court.

Nearby Attractions:

The lake's shoreline is less than a mile away for swimming and boating activities. The premier recreation area, Port Oliver, is just across the dam and Quarry Road Recreation Area offers a reservable pavilion, fishing piers, playground, flush toilets, swimming area with beach, and a variety of picnic sites.

Stop and visit Barren River Lake State Resort Park, host of the Glasgow Highland Games. Peninsula Marina is less than five miles away. Good day trips to other local area attractions include: the National Corvette Museum, Kentucky Down Under, and Diamond Caverns. There are several other family attractions within the Glasgow, Bowling Green, and Cave City region and visitors can explore Mammoth Cave National Park, an hour north of the campground.

Booking Window

GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC

Sun Sep 21 2014 - Mon Sep 21 2015

Reservations can be made for today and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC

Sun Sep 21 2014 - Mon Sep 21 2015

Reservations can be made for today and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

STANDARD ELECTRIC

Sun Sep 21 2014 - Sat Mar 21 2015

Reservations can be made for today and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates
Attention Customers: The COE at Barren River Lake has developed a calendar to better assist you with making reservations according to our opening and closing of various loops. Please feel free to call us with your feedback on this new feature.

Once you are on the Barren River Lake homepage . -CLICK- on the "Recreation" link towards the bottom of the page, then look below the “Camping” header; Calendars for Bailey’s Point and Tailwater are available to view. If you have any questions or need assistance with the calendar please call us at 270-646-2055. We hope this helps in planning your vacation with us!!



On the official Barren River Lake facebook page just below the feature picture you will find calendars for Bailey's Point and Tailwater under NOTES. If you are already a friend of Barren River Lake you will be updated by email that the calendar is posted and available. If you have any questions or need assistance with the calendar please call us at 270-646-2055. We hope this helps in planning your vacation with us!!

Season Schedule

Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Amphitheater
  • Boat Ramp
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Flush Toilets (Seasonal)
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Parking Area
  • Pit Toilets
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Trash Collection
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Wildlife Viewing
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
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Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
General Season
Sep 21 2014 -
Sep 21 2015
STANDARD ELECTRIC $19.00
GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC $50.00
GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC $50.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.89444, -86.13306
36°53'40"N, 86°7'59"W

From Glasgow, KY: Take 31-E south for 4 mi; turn right on 252, which will cross the dam in 8 mi. The Tailwater entrance road is at the south end of the dam. Follow signs into recreation area. Approximately 19 miles from Bowling Green, KY.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:

TAILWATER
1055 Tailwater Road
Scottsville  KY  42164

Phone Number:

Information:  (270)622-7732