Camping & Cabins

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The Shawnee National Forest offers a variety of camping experiences ranging from primitive backpacking to a developed campground equipped with showers and electrical sites. Most campgrounds & picnic areas are located near lakes or areas of exceptional beauty. Hiking, fishing and sightseeing are but a few of the recreational opportunities to be found nearby. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. We do not accept reservations. Campgrounds are usually open from April 1 through Dec. 15, although there are some exceptions. For fees and amenities see the Recreation Site Information Chart

Johnson Creek, Pounds Hollow and Lake Glendale Recreation Areas are located adjacent to lakes. Oak Point Campground in Lake Glendale Recreation Area has electrical sites, showers, and RV dump station. Campgrounds that can accommodate RVs up to 40 feet are Johnson Creek Group Campground, Oak Point, Tower Rock and Camp Cadiz. Pounds Hollow campground offers one camping loop with electric sites.

Other than groups sites, there is a maximum of two tents, two vehicles and eight people per site. Maximum length of stay is 14 days at the campsite.  Large group camping is available at Lake Glendale Recreation Area, please contact the Lake Glendale Concessionaire.  Equestrian camping is allowed at Johnson Creek and Camp Cadiz campgrounds. 

The following regulations apply in designated Campgrounds:
Leaving your campsite unoccupied during the first night after equipment is set-up or leaving equipment unattended for more than 24 hours thereafter is prohibited. Check out time is 2:00 p.m. Parking on the grass and camping outside the designated campsite is prohibited. Keep campfires contained in the fire rings provided at each campsite. The cutting of live trees, shrubs and other vegetation is prohibited. Quiet hours are in effect from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Weapons, firearms and fireworks are not to be discharged in campgrounds or picnic areas. Pets are welcome, but must be leashed and are not allowed in designated swimming areas.


Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities