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Canal COE

Grand Rivers, Kentucky


1010 Canal Campground Road
Grand Rivers, Kentucky 42045
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Sites: 113
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 36.99602
Longitude: -88.21581

Elevation: 402' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails ?
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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60 Reviews

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Review Count: 48
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

This is a large COE campground on Lake Barkley. Site 114 is a pull-thru across the road from the canal and parallel to the road. The curb-side faces the road, which means we have a good view of the canal, but the patio area is right beside the road. There is a large open field behind our site. There was barge traffic all day and night. While that did not bother us it may bother some. Several of the loops had real tight turns and the sites were close together and uneven. We camped at Canal COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
114
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

This is a beautiful wooded park on the lake. Sites are a nice distance from each other. Ours was right next to the rest rooms. I had to use a few blocks to level. There is a beach area too. We camped at Canal COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
54
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Grand Rivers is only a few miles away. We stopped here specifically so we could eat at Pattis Settlement. We were sad to find out it had burned to the ground a few months ago. Instead we went to the Lodge at the dam. Good food plus a salad bar.

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Review Count: 46
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in site 113, one of the sites they have for walk-ins. LOTS of space between sites. Canal visible through trees. Staff pleasant. Frequent golf cart traffic indicative of frequent visiting. We've found COE parks to be among the best and this was no exception. We camped at Canal COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
113
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Museum and historical sites nearby.

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Review Count: 142
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 31

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice COE campground. Easy access from I-24. We camped at Canal COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
91
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 76
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed overnight in one of the few pull thru sites by the water. It was very nice. The ranger couple were very friendly and helpful. I called several times to make sure I had a pull thru, and the ranger saved it for me. We camped at Canal COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
109
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

It's a great place to stay.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed for 4 nights during this holiday weekend and were not even able to sit and talk at our own campsite due to it being quiet time. Very strict rules. Clean but they do enforce quiet time and your visitors have to pay to visit you. We were told on several times - just for talking. They had their favorites and wouldn't tell us so we could talk to them. When you go camping you don't want to go to bed at 10:00. So if you want to talk and hang out as young people then don't go here. Campers are very close and you have no privacy. You're on a gravel lot and you can only park your golf cart there. Cars have to be parked in a lot by the lake. We'll never go back!!! We camped at Canal COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Accessible to Patti's, but if you're young it's NOT the place for you.

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in Site 84 which was sort of by itself near the boat launch ramp. Site was gravel, level and equipped with water & electricity. Only problem was it had the afternoon sun on the patio side (however the view of the lake was nice). We love the campground but, if given the choice, we would prefer one of the shadier sites. Most sites are accessible, even for big rigs but some of the older sites would be difficult to back into. They accept online reservations but also keep a number of sites available for walk ups. Weekends are difficult to get into because of the popularity of this campground and even more so on holiday weekends. Overall, it is one of our favorite campgrounds in the U.S. We camped at Canal COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
84
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Obviously, the big draw is the two lakes (Kentucky & Barkley). This campground is located directly on the canal that connects them. Grand Rivers is a quaint village with an entertainment showhouse, marinas and restaurants. For a great day trip, you are about an hour from the Discovery Park of America in Union City, Tennessee.

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Review Count: 51
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

This is the 2nd year we have spent a week here at Canal Campground for the CYL Jamboree in Grand Rivers. Our site backed up to the lake with a lot of trees around for a great shaded site. There is only electric and water, no sewer which was fine. There is a dump station near the entrance. The restrooms were basic but very clean. The showers had GREAT water pressure and there was plenty of HOT water. ATT & Verizon had good service with 2 to 3 bars of service. We will definitely be back! We camped at Canal COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
26
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Village Market grocery store is close by in Grand Rivers and has all the groceries you might need.

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Review Count: 79
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

Just another gorgeous COE Campground....GORGEOUS! Well maintained, clean, quiet, beautiful campground. Sites were level, water and electric supplies good. Sites on Hill Loop and Beach Loop were back-in sites with water sites/views. Web-site map does NOT do those sites justice; they are lovely. Verizon signal was good. Laundry machines in a couple of the bathhouses. DO NOT MISS The Elk and Bison Prairie Preserve just south of here. Not publicized at all...we just stumbled into this precious place and saw more than 30 bison there, including the herd's new calves. We camped at Canal COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
81
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

NOT TO BE MISSED: The Elk and Bison Prairie Preserve just south of here. Not publicized at all...we just stumbled into this precious place and saw more than 30 bison there, including the herd's new calves.

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

COE campgrounds are the best kept secret in the country and this one is no exception. We stayed here twice - once on the way to Florida and again on the way back. Our first stay was a pull through in the Fisherman's section and was a bit off level but we managed, water and electric. There may have been a sewer hookup available but we didn't use it. The second stay was in the "Flats", a concrete area and a pull through, which while not the most attractive was fine for an overnight. The lake is gorgeous, the campground is well maintained and clean, bathrooms were clean, did not use the showers. Camp hosts were friendly and accommodating. Be aware that when making reservations for a weekend, you must reserve for Friday and Saturday (recreation.gov). We got lucky and were able to reserve the first Saturday before this restriction was placed, but the second time we stayed we were not able to reserve. We just showed up in early afternoon and they had a "walk up" spot for us. Also, I'm told the restaurant at Patti's 1800 Settlement burned down and it is unknown whether it will be rebuilt at this time. Price quoted was with Senior Pass. We would like to come back here and spend more time. We camped at Canal COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
87
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

Hey folks this places closes for the winter. Thankfully someone was doing cleanup at gate otherwise I would have had a long backup on narrow road. We camped at Canal COE in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 109
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

Nice park on Barkley lake. Sites range from very good to bad. Fisherman's loop has nice spots in the trees but lack sewer. Browns point most have sewer and great views but are close together. Some are fairly level but others would pose a challenge. About the golf carts. It must be a local tradition as we have never encountered them before, and we see reference to golf carts at other sites in the area. A lot of campers seemed to already know each other. Have to be somewhat local to bring their camper, boat and golf cart. No excessive noise or speed noted, just a twice daily (at least), parade of golf carts going by. Host were pleasant and helpful We camped at Canal COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
98
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 219
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 42

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

We were in a heavily forested loop of the campground. Our site was large and not close to our neighbor, so our dog had plenty of space to roam. It was a good place from which to explore the Land Between the Lakes. There was easy access to both Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. AT&T cell coverage was good in the campground as was Verizon MiFi. We were lucky to have found a hole in the trees for our satellite reception (Dish). Some sites in this campground are difficult for larger units to get into and some sites are in full sun. Make sure you check it out before you reserve a spot. Be careful when driving the roads in this park because there are several deer that live here and they don't necessarily move when a car goes by. We camped at Canal COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
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Review Count: 60
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 18

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Gorgeous location on Lake Barkley in the Land Between the Lakes in western Kentucky. Some lovely areas for walking/biking. Over-the-air TV got a few channels and Verizon signal was good. Laundry machines in a couple of the bathhouses. Campground staff/hosts were awesome. We camped at Canal COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
14 Primitive Loop
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

If possible, check your site options out before choosing. The primitive loop is only suitable for small motorhomes or trailers and some of the sites are only good for tents. The other loops look pretty good for larger RV's but things like leveling, spaciousness, and sun/shade vary. Prices set according to amenities ($18 for E/W in primitive loop to $30 for E/W waterfront sites and $34 for full hookups).

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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $16.00
Overall Rating:

We stopped on a weekend layover traveling from Florida to Minnesota. Unfortunately, the temperature almost 100 with heat index of 107. It didn't get much below 80 at night. We didn't get around the park as much as we'd hoped. Bath houses were clean, except for a wash of dead bugs in the morning, of which the park was aware and trying to control. Electric and water were fine. The sites were all very different, some shaded, some smaller. There was not much choice for our 40' rig. We stayed on the edge of the boat ramp (84). Last site available. Interestingly, it was very private, flat and except for almost full sun, a fine place for us to stay. Sites 103-110 are basically parallel parking along the edge of a large paved oval by the swim dock. Most other sites are very charming and tucked into the landscape. Most are well shaded with mature trees. I was pleasantly surprised that the park had giant industrial fans on the shaded swim dock. I assume so that the little children didn't die of heat exposure. I would love to return in more clement weather. We camped at Canal COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
84
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Bring what you need with you. There is quite a drive to a close grocery store. There is a small market a few miles away, but a little pricey. Patti's 1880's Settlement is a huge tourist spot. Bill's Restaurant received a B from us, and was more expensive then it was worth. Think Country Kitchen on steroids.

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