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Camping at Cave Run Lake State Park

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Location and Access

Cave Run Lake is a beautiful retreat located in the Daniel Boone National Forest near Morehead, Kentucky. The park and lake are easily accessible via the Interstate 64, and it serves as a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts throughout the year.

Camping Facilities

Camping options at or near Cave Run Lake include both developed and primitive campgrounds. The developed campgrounds often provide amenities such as electric hookups, drinking water, restrooms, and shower facilities. On the other hand, primitive sites offer a more rustic experience, usually without these amenities.

Campground Reservations

Advance reservations for campground spots may be necessary, especially during peak seasons or for popular campgrounds. You can usually make reservations through the USDA Forest Service or other managing agencies' websites or via phone.


Outdoor activities available at Cave Run Lake include:

  • Boating and Fishing: With its 8,270-acre reservoir, the lake is a haven for boaters and anglers. Species like bass, crappie, and catfish are commonly sought after.

  • Hiking and Biking: Surrounding the lake, there are numerous trails for hiking and mountain biking that offer scenic views and varying levels of difficulty.

  • Swimming: Some areas of the lake are designated for swimming, offering visitors a chance to cool off during warmer days.

  • Picnicking: Several picnic areas can be found around the lake, providing tables and grills for day-use visitors.

Wildlife and Plants

Cave Run Lake is surrounded by lush forests that are home to a diverse range of wildlife and plant species. The area is ideal for those interested in bird watching, wildlife photography, or simply enjoying the serenity of nature.

Water Safety

Water safety is crucial. Wear life jackets when on or near the water and be aware of the lake's conditions and weather forecasts.

Leave No Trace

The principle of "Leave No Trace" is heavily emphasized in natural areas like Cave Run Lake. Campers and visitors are expected to respect the environment by disposing of waste properly, minimizing campfire impacts, and leaving the area as they found it.

Seasonal Considerations

Before planning a trip, be aware of seasonal weather patterns and park operations. Some facilities might be unavailable during the off-season. Additionally, always verify if there are any fire bans or special advisories in place.

Regulations and Permits

Certain activities may require permits or adhere to specific regulations, so it’s advisable to check the latest information on fishing licenses, boat registrations, and campfire rules before you arrive.

Emergency Preparations

Due to the remote nature of some camping areas, ensure you have a first aid kit, know basic emergency procedures, and have the ability to contact authorities if necessary, although cell service can be limited in some areas.

For the most accurate and current information regarding Cave Run Lake State Park, including campground reservations, fees, and seasonal operations, you should contact the park directly or visit the official website of the managing agency.

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