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part ofGreen River Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Sat Oct 24 2015   Season Dates


Situated along Kentucky's Highland Rim, Holmes Bend Campground is surrounded by forested tracks, rolling meadows and the pristine banks of Green River Lake.

Click here for the Green River Lake Virtual Tour.

Natural Features:

Green River Lake area encompasses a total of some 32,000 acres in the central portion of Kentucky, creating countless recreational activities for visitors on the water and on land.


With 8,000 surface acres of water, the lake is an ideal place for boating. With ten boat ramps located around the shoreline, guests have plenty of room for fishing, jet skiing, wake boarding and more. Three full-service marinas are also located around the lake.

Fishing is a popular activity at Green River Lake: Walleye, crappie, white bass, channel catfish, muskie and bluegill are all found in abundance.

Hunters enjoy the surrounding land, with various habitats supporting deer, turkey, rabbit, quail, squirrel, dove and waterfowl.

There are also miles of trails that wind around the lake and along the shore, affording some of the most scenic views in the region.


Holmes Bend Campground offers 124 campsites, about 100 of which have electric hookups. Amenities like flush toilets, drinking water and showers provide a comfortable camping experience, and a playground, interpretive trail and swimming beach offer additional recreation opportunities.

Nearby Attractions:

Several historical attractions and National Parks are located within an hour of Green River Lake, including the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln and Mammoth Cave National Park.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Amphitheater
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Entrance Station
  • Fire Rings
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hunting
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Laundry
  • Marina
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Swimming
Know Before You Go
  • Off-road vehicles not permitted
  • Fees will be collected for day-use and visitors of campers
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.21389, -85.26667
37°12'50"N, 85°16'0"W

From Columbia, KY, take Cumberland Parkway to exit 49 and merge onto Highway 55 north. Continue for 1.5 miles, then turn right on Highway 551. After a mile turn left on Holmes Bend Road and follow directional signs to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

69 Corps Road
Columbia  KY  42728

Phone Number:

Information:  (270)384-4623
Corps of Engineers Office: 270-465-4463

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