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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
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot 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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53 Reviews

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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 3

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: 63
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 16

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: 29
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: 21
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: 78
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 12

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: 179
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 37

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: 51
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 13

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: 26
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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Review Count: 78
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 22

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

Really enjoyed Canal Campground! There are seven loops to chose from, and I'd recommend Woods or Beach Loop for shady and spacious sites. Both have a view of the cove where the swimming beach is located. Browns Point Loop is on a bluff with an expansive view of the water and offers shade as well. For really big rigs or chicken drivers, try Canal View Loop which has wider roads and pull-thrus. No shade in the Canal View Loop, but the lake view is excellent. We found the property to be clean, mowed, and well maintained. Yes, the interior loop roads are narrow and hilly, but you can handle it. Just go slow and take your time backing in. Yes, other folks make fires and ride around in golf carts. Get over it. That's what people do in campgrounds. This COE campground is a lovely setting and worth staying for a few nights, despite what some reviewers have groused about. Perfect for boaters as there's a large launch area, too. We camped at Canal COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

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

Campground Details

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

Patti's Settlement in Grand Rivers is less than 2 miles away and a lovely place to spend the afternoon. Be sure to stay for dinner!

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

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Great campground and inexpensive. Close to Grand Rivers and Land Between the Lakes. Facilities were excellent and the campers and the staff were great. Quiet and peaceful. I know there were some negative reviews about campers being rude and golf carts everywhere. I found that not true. I'd go again in a heartbeat. The area has lots to offer. Check it out. We camped at Canal COE in a Tent Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
14
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my tent trailer and tow vehicle
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
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Go to Patti's Settlement and check out the restaurant. Food was 5 star good. The lakes are beautiful. Do some research ahead of time on Land Between the Lakes. We didn't and missed a lot. We relied on points of interest literature. Found out later there was much more, especially about the Civil War in the area. We went to a show at Badgett's and that was great also.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

This is one of the nicest campgrounds in the Land Between the Lakes area. However, it is suffering from deferred maintenance both in the facilities and the roads. About half of the campground is not suitable for big rigs because the sites are either too short, too skinny, or not level. We camped at Canal COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
27
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
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

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

We were in site 34, very difficult to back our 35 foot fifth wheel into, had to ask the people across the road to move their truck. Level shaded site was comfortable after we set up. Loop road into our site was very tight as well with poor surface. Other loops in park do have better road surfaces and some have better access for larger 5ers. There is a lake, a lot of fishing going on. We camped at Canal COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
34
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Obstacles, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

This is a very nice campground. It is located in the woods right on the banks of the Lake. The site is level with a picinic table, and fire ring. The week we were here it was cold and rainy, but that did not deter from the beautiful green trees. We camped at Canal COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
34
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

You can rent a golf cart in Grand Rivers and take that into town if you do not want to un hitch.

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Review Count: 40
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

This is an interesting location on a large canal between two huge lakes. A developed area, but we did see deer and wild turkeys within the park. Most good sites are first come, first served and cannot be reserved, which leaves reservable sites in high demand. This left us to reserve a very bad site, in a very bad loop.

The Primitive loop is one of the worst loops I have ever stayed in. One of the only sites left a month before our stay was site 5. This site was a pull-through with a very steep entrance and exit. Deep cut marks in the pavement bore witness to many rigs scraping bottom on their way into and out of this site. This loop was installed as an after thought and not really clearly thought out. It is perched on the side of a steep hill with deep drop offs on both sides of the road. The picnic table and fire ring was up hill from the pad about twenty steps. The other loops are much better if you can get a site. Some of the volunteer sites were junkie and unkempt, which took away from an otherwise beautiful campground. We camped at Canal COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Primitive 5
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Grand River is a small town within limited shopping. There are some nice restaurants nearby. The TVA Dam and Locks are nearly by with a visitors center at the dam. Guides will walk you through the history of the area and the building and operation of this complex. Kentucky Dam State Resort Park is a few miles away. It is worth a visit.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

We made a reservation on-line; alas, ours was absolutely nothing like the picture displayed! Most all sites are in the woods and roomy; one very nice area is in an open field setting with very spacious sites. But, our site was in the forest and by the lake, which was drawn down in October, so we had an absolutely lovely view of a greenish mud hole.

Many of the sites are rather deep in ravines, mined with large deciduous trees, mainly back-ins, and tricky getting into. Ours came with nifty "tire traps" on each side of the site - fall of the edge of the site and you're doomed. We finally backed down in correctly - it was short, unlevel, with a steep entry.

CG culture. Okay, There seemed a lot of locals here from western KY. Lovely folks really, but it seemed they do crave their constant smoky campfires both day and night. Apparently, there's nothing more healthful or invigorating than waking up fresh in the morning and then immediately standing directly over the smoldering campfire, and breathing deeply. "Ahhh" - So good! Fellow campers around us seemed so delighted to smoke out the entire area, the constant toxic fog blanketed our once pleasant hollow: thick and stinky, and made it seem more like London, than western Kentucky. It forced us to keep our trailer hermetically sealed, as the constant stench was so strong and acrid, we simply couldn't breath.

On top of the fire thing, most all folks at the CG seem oddly incapable or unwilling to use their feet, for the dying art known as "walking". Most site dwellers, felt the strong desire to bring a large annoying snazzy gas powered, "camp cart". Campers - happily whizzing around aboard these noisy, fast moving, and dangerous buggies, seemed to delight in the "go-cart" activity - while lowly fellow humans, trying to move themselves under their own quiet locomotive powers, must be ever vigilantly for being run over at any moment; much like squirrels trying to cross a busy highway. We camped at Canal COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Some of the best and nicest places to stay in the CG are on a first come, first serve status, and oddly cannot be reserved. Not are off from the CG you will find the little town of Grand Rivers, which is a delight. Miss Patti's 1880's Settlement is much more than an simple restaurant - there are a whole collection of fun and unique shops to visit within. There are also other cute shops around the main street that provide services for visitors and a pleasant diversion for a couple of hours.

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