Top Camping Spots That Are Only Accessible By Boat

It’s that time of year when people start airing out their camping gear and getting ready to head out into the great outdoors. The only problem is that there are a lot of people airing out their gear and preparing to head out into the great outdoors. Campgrounds are about to get busy, and if you love to camp but you’re not a fan of the crowds, it might be time to look for an alternative way to find your spot. That’s where boat camping comes in. First off, getting to your camping sight by boat is a lot more fun than driving in your Volvo. Plus, you won’t find nearly the crowds after cruising two and a half hours to an island in the middle of a lake. Here are some of the best campsites that are only accessible by boat.

White Oak Campground


The White Oak boat-in campground in Kentucky boasts 51 sites that dot the shore. So, while you won’t exactly avoid the crowds with this particular option, you can rest easy knowing that it’s a safe venue that sees a lot of traffic and is frequently patrolled by authorities. That makes it a great first trip for those who aren’t used to camping by boat.

Crystal Boat-In Campsite

If our first entry was one for the beginning boat-in camper, then this one is for the more experienced boater. The Crystal Boat-In site in Colorado is nestled deep in the backwoods in a remote cove of a large creek. The site will only accommodate a small group of campers, so if you’re looking for some serious solitude, this is your spot!

Jackson Point



Lake Tahoe is a favorite spot among campers, but if you’re looking for something a little more isolated, consider paddling out to the Jackson Meadow Reservoir. It’s much less traveled than other areas and it offers the best swimming opportunities of any spot on our list.

Big Cove Boat-In Campgrounds


Big Cove is another campground that offers plenty of isolation. Despite how rustic they are, the campsites tend to fill up pretty fast during the peak season. With that said, make sure that you paddle out early to get the best spot. Or, you could always wait until the fall season when the crowds are virtually non-existent.