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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Canal Campground in Land Between the Lakes. A wonderfully hidden spot between Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. This CEO campground is a jewel in western Kentucky enjoyed by locals for a favorite site near home.

The large sites located between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley offer a view of the canal and enjoyment of the lake area. Watching herds of deer, schools of fish and a flotilla of boats passing through the canal offers an environment of nature not available in many areas of the US. Catch a sailboat from Lighthouse Marina, stroll along the jetties or walk along the canal, you will enjoy the sunset and view of the Grand Rivers area. Do not pass up "Pattie's" restaurant and home place.

Early morning offers low lights, bald eagles, and cat fish. Breakfast can be found in Grand Rivers with the best and worst of the community each day. A bicycle ride offers a view of the sailing vehicles, inflatable boates, and rides in the area along Grand Rivers drive. Grand Rivers, KY. is a small community only one mile from the Canal Campground. The two large marinas in the area both border Grand Rivers.

The Land Between the Lakes (LBL) is the main attraction to the area other than the lakes themselves. The area is one million, unspoiled acres with many trails (65 miles), ATV trails, horseback riding, bison, elk, camping and many roads for access to both lakes. The area prohibits dwellings, businesses and camping is available at two large campgrounds (Hillmans Ferry and Piney). Primitive camping is available almost any portion of the area. The LBL extends south into Tennessee and offers a Wranglers Camp and trails.

The Canal Campground is typically full and requires some work to obtain a reservation. However, the web site is good and if you keep trying you will find a site. Also, I recommend a call to the office for sometime may pass before a site that is vacant appears on the web site. Also, the camp maintains approximately 15 sites for walk up only and many of these sites are some of the best in the campground.

Please join us in the area in the spring and we wish you many miles of Happy Trails.

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