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. The developed campgrounds are usually open from April 1 through Dec. 15, although there are some exceptions.

Johnson Creek, Pounds Hollow and Lake Glendale Recreation Areas are located on lakes that have beaches. Oak Point Campground in Lake Glendale Recreation Area is the only campground with electrical sites and showers. Campgrounds that can accommodate RVs up to 40 feet are Johnson Creek Group Campground, Oak Point, Tower Rock and Camp Cadiz. The only two campgrounds that have RV dump stations at Johnson Creek and Lake Glendale.  For fees and amenities see the Recreation Site Information Chart.  Other than groups sites, there is a minimum of two tents, two vehicles and eight people per site. The maximum length of continuous stay is 14 days at the same site.  Large group camping is available at Lake Glendale Recreation Area.  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.