White Oak Boat-In Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

White Oak Boat-In Campground Map

White Oak Boat-In Campground is one of two boat-in campgrounds on Laurel River Lake, on London Ranger District. The area is accessible by boat or by Cold Rock School Trail (3 miles) that begins near the Marsh Branch Boat Ramp.

The campground has 51 lakeshore campsites, most of which are located near the water's edge with boat moorings available. Sites have a tent pad, picnic table, fire ring and lantern pole. Self-serve pay stations, water and vault toilets are centrally located. There are no flush toilets or showers. The sites are wooded and spaced far enough apart to provide a sense of seclusion. The campground usually fills on weekends during the peak camping season.

Make this page look nicer by submitting photos of your visit to White Oak Boat-In Campground. Learn more...

View White Oak Campground Guide & Map (pdf)

Trails nearby: Cold Rock School Trail #430  (3-mile hiking and biking route into the White Oak Boat-In Campground)

The campground is located on Laurel River Lake. The lake features 5,600 acres of clear, deep water and nearly 200 miles of tree-lined shore. The quiet coves and cliff-lined shores offer relaxation and quiet reflection, as well as boating, fishing, skiing and scuba diving in one of the deepest and cleanest lakes in Kentucky.

At a Glance

Reservations: None
Area Amenities: Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Fees A fee is required to use this campground.
Recreation Schedule and Fees
Open Season: Mid March - Mid September
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Campers are expected to pay at a self-serve pay station within the campground. Pay your camping fee within 30 minutes of arrival and before 2 p.m. if staying another day.
Closest Towns: London
Water: Drinking water is available during the open season.
Restroom: Centrally located vault toilets are available.
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center:
London Ranger District
761 South Laurel Road
London, KY 40744

General Information


From I-75, take London exit 38 and travel west on KY 192 for 12 miles. Turn left (south) on Forest Service Road 774. Go 2 miles to the Marsh Branch Boat Ramp. Boaters will travel approximately one mile south to the campground.

General Notes:

Swimming : There is no beach at the campground, but there is a public beach operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Laurel River Dam. 

General Notes:

The nearest phones are located at Holly Bay Marina 606-878-8134

Swimming: There is no beach at the campground, but there is a public beach operated by the U.S. Corps of Engineers at Laurel River Dam

General Notes:

Learn more about the Lake Cumberland drawdown and how it might affect visitors to Laurel River Lake.


The toilets are accessible. 


The first parking area (no boat trailers allowed) has free parking for hikers and walk-in campers. 

A fee pass is required for boaters to use the Marsh Branch Boat Ramp parking lot. 

General Notes:

The nearest phone is available at Holly Bay Marina, 606-878-8134.

Swimming: The campground does not have a beach for swimming. The nearest swimming beach is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Laurel River Dam.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Camping & Cabins

Show detail SHOW


Show detail SHOW


Picnic tables Picnic tables are available at each campsite.
Drinking water Drinking water is available during the camping season.
Toilets Accessible toilets are centrally located.
Boat ramp Marsh Branch is the nearest boat ramp. The campground has boat moorings along the shore near the campsites.
Tent camping The campground has 51 campsites.
Accessible The toilets are accessible.