Claylick Boat-in Campground

Area Status: Open

Claylick Boat-in Campground is located on Cave Run Lake on the Cumberland District. It features 13 primitive campsites on Cave Run Lake. The campground must be entered by boat or by walking in from the nearby Claylick Boat Ramp parking lot. The walk is approximately 1/2-mile. Boat moorings are available at the campground for those who boat in. If you park at Claylick Boat Ramp and walk in, you will need to purchase a pass to display in your vehicle. The campground is a U.S. Fee area, and visitors pay on site.

Cave Run Lake is widely known for its scenic beauty and varied outdoor recreation opportunities. The lake is also the home of Kentucky's state record muskie. This 8,270-acre lake is jointly operated and managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Forest Service. 

View Claylick Boat-in Campground map and guide (pdf)

You must comply with all regulations established by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources concerning fishing, boating and waterway safety laws. Licenses and regulation guides are available at most retail stores.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Campsites at lower elevations may be impacted by high water. Choose your site carefully and be prepared for some sites to be inaccessible.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Fees: A fee is required to use this campground. Pay at site using fee envelope.
  • 3rd Friday in April through 1st Sunday in September: $15 single site/$20 double site.
  • 1st Monday in September through 3rd Friday in April: $10 single site/$14 double site.
Note: In addition to the camping fee, you must purchase a parking pass if you park at the boat ramp.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Rules and Regulations
Closest Towns: Morehead, KY
Operated By: Thousand Trails
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General Information


From I-64, take exit 133 and go south on KY 801. In 13.7 miles, 801 merges directly onto KY 1274. After another 1.9 miles, turn right onto Forest Service Road 968 (Claylick Road). A vehicle parking area is located on the left. The Claylick Boat Ramp is located at the end of the road. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

This is a boat-in campground.
Reservation Info Sites are not reservable.
Fire Information Campfires are permitted in fire rings only. Make sure fires are out before retiring at night or when leaving your campsite.
Sleeping Shelter None


Picnic tables: Picnic tables are at the campsites.
Tent camping: Tent pads and lantern posts are available at each site.
Toilets: Vault toilets are available.
Accessible: The toilets are accessible.
Boat ramp: The nearest boat launch is Claylick Boat Ramp.
Drinking water: Potable water is available.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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