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Camping at Cave Run Dam Tailwater Campground

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General Information

Cave Run Dam Tailwater Campground is part of the Cave Run Lake recreational area, which is situated in the beautiful Daniel Boone National Forest near Morehead, Kentucky. The Cave Run Lake is an 8,270-acre lake that is popular for fishing, boating, hiking, and camping.

Campground Features

  • Sites: The campground typically offers a number of campsites equipped with standard amenities like picnic tables, fire rings, and possibly grilling facilities.
  • Hookups: Some sites may include electric hookups, while others are more primitive, designed for tent camping or RVs that don't require connections.
  • Restrooms: Facilities with flush toilets and showers are commonly available at developed campgrounds.
  • Accessibility: The campground usually includes some sites that are ADA accessible to accommodate visitors with disabilities.


  • Fishing: Cave Run Lake is renowned for muskie fishing, but you can also catch bass, crappie, catfish, and bluegill.
  • Boating: There may be boat ramps provided in the recreation area for easy access to the lake.
  • Hiking: Many hiking trails of varying difficulty levels surround the lake, offering scenic views of the area.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The surrounding forest is a habitat for an array of wildlife, making it ideal for those interested in photography or nature observation.


  • Playground: There might be a playground area for children.
  • Dump Station: Facilities for RVs to dispose of waste are typically included in campgrounds with RV sites.
  • Drinking Water: Access to potable water is usually available throughout the campground.

Reservations and Fees

  • Reservations: Campsites can typically be reserved in advance, often through a central reservation system or the campground's website.
  • Fees: Camping fees vary based on the site and amenities. It's essential to check the current rates when planning your trip and note that there might be additional fees for vehicle entry.

Rules and Regulations

  • Maximum Stay: There is often a maximum stay limit to ensure that as many people as possible get to enjoy the campground.
  • Pets: Pets are usually allowed but must be kept on leashes and under control.
  • Alcohol: Alcohol policies vary between campgrounds, so it's best to check the specific rules pertaining to Cave Run Dam Tailwater Campground.
  • Fires: Open fires are typically permitted in provided fire rings or grills, but check for any burn bans during dry conditions.
  • Quiet Hours: To ensure a peaceful environment for all campers, quiet hours are enforced at night.

Safety Considerations

  • Weather: Be aware of the weather conditions and prepare accordingly; bring waterproof gear, warm clothing, or sun protection as needed.
  • Wildlife: Store food securely to avoid attracting animals to your site.
  • Water Safety: If engaging in water activities, always wear life jackets and be conscious of boat traffic and swimming areas.
  • Emergency Preparedness: Have a first-aid kit and know the quickest route to the nearest hospital or ranger station.

Directions and Contact

  • Location: The campground is located near Cave Run Lake in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Make sure to get detailed directions based on your starting location.
  • Contact: Before visiting, contact the local Forest Service office or the campground directly for the latest information on conditions, reservations, and any questions you might have.

Note: The specifics of Cave Run Dam Tailwater Campground, such as fees, amenities, and reservation details, can change, so it's always best to check with the campground or the official Daniel Boone National Forest website for the most current information before your trip.

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