One thing there is absolutely no shortage of in Humphreys County is water. Wherever you turn, whichever road you take, you’ll soon run into a lake, a river, or a creek—and all are perfect for the various water sports you love.
The beauty of the outdoors is multiplied during a pandemic such as the one we’re currently experiencing, because the whole family can still gather and enjoy fun activities while remaining socially distant from others no matter what you choose to do or where you choose to go.
Boating on the Kentucky Lake and Tennessee River
Watercraft of almost any size can be set down at the various marinas throughout Humphreys County. New Johnsonville Harbor, Pebble Isle, Mason’s Dock, Cuba Landing, or Eagle Bay all offer launch ramps, while Pebble Isle and Cuba Landing also offer dockage.
Once you’re on the water, you can while away the summer days on your houseboat or cabin cruiser, soaking in the sun and cooling off with a wakeboard ride or on the innertubes. Dock the houseboat and live aboard for the weekend or park your RV at one of the many campgrounds located next to the marinas. Mason’s Dock, New Johnsonville Harbor, Pebble Isle, and Eagle Bay all have spaces for campers and tents, so you can stay near the water for your entire trip.
To keep your boat on the water, consider Cuba Landing Marina, which offers spaces for $1.75 per foot, per night. You’ll have access to groceries, bait and tackle, and laundry facilities whenever you need them. Gas and diesel are also available when you’re ready to leave the dock.
Pebble Isle Marina might just have a few more amenities if that’s the type of boating situation you prefer. In addition to access to gas and diesel for your trips, laundry, and a ship store, Pebble Isle also has cable and satellite TV access and a restaurant on site. Docking might be more affordable, too, at $1.25 per foot, per night. If you’re parking that houseboat for a night or two, this could be the marina you need.
Canoeing and Kayaking
If you prefer to be closer to nature in a smaller craft—say, a canoe or a kayak—then Humphreys County has you covered there, too. Bone’s Canoe and Campground offers the opportunity to rent the canoe or kayak you need to spend your day cruising the rivers and creeks throughout the county.
Bone’s Canoe and Campground is located near Hurricane Mills. Now, keep in mind that you don’t want to just put the name or address into your GPS, or you could end up driving some dirt roads to get where you’re going. Instead, visit their website for detailed directions or use the GPS coordinates to get a better path to their front door.
Bone’s is a family-owned operation, and you’ll feel that from the moment you arrive. Regardless of your experience level, the owner will make sure you get a kayak or canoe that best fits your skills. You’re welcome to keep the canoes and kayaks out all day, so bring a small cooler for your lunch or some refreshments. As long as you get back by closing time, you have the rule of the river!
Here’s some more good news: Bone’s Campground is the perfect spot to set up camp and spend the whole weekend with the family. Plan your weekend—or whole week—well, and you could have your canoe or kayak reserved and waiting for you every morning so you can all stay out on the water from sun-up to sundown.
The Lower Campground at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch also offers the opportunity to rent kayaks and innertubes for cruising the creek. Once you’ve exhausted your whole family during the day, retire to your RV or tent at the campground, gather around one of the fire pits, and maybe even sing some campfire songs.
Parking the RV
We’ve already covered some of the lakeside and creekside campgrounds where RVs and tents are welcome. There’s Mason’s Dock, New Johnsonville Harbor, Pebble Isle, and Eagle Bay if you’re boating during the day and camping at night. If you’re canoeing or kayaking, you’ll want to set up your tent or park your RV at Bone’s Canoe and Campground.
The options are already plenty, but this still isn’t all! Also near the water, you’ll find the Tennessee River Camp Resort in Waverly. There are cabins available if you reserve them early enough, and you’ll also find plenty of spaces for your tents and RVs. You’ll be close enough to the water for kayaking and canoeing, but unlike Bone’s Canoe and Campground, you have to bring your own. You can also enjoy the horseback riding trails if you bring along your own horse.
Another popular spot for parking the RV is Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. In fact, they have 3 separate campgrounds that are all completely different depending on how you like to “camp”. Boone Hill has cabins and RV connections and is more secluded if you like a bit of quiet away from the activities. At the Lower Campground, which is considered the hub of all activity at The Ranch, you’ll also find the swimming pool, playgrounds, and a pavilion with plenty of activities to keep the kids busy. Stagecoach Hill, a KOA campground, is considered to be “the premier campground” at The Ranch. Set atop one of the many beautiful hills, it has 55 full-service 50amp pull through spots as well as cabins and a bunkhouse, which would be perfect for big families. Here is where you’ll find the camp store nearby for s’mores ingredients, fire pits for making those s’mores, and a game room to keep the kids entertained. The whole family can gather around for one of the many live music events that happen throughout the year – with social distancing in mind, of course – or play cornhole and horseshoes until it’s too dark to see.
Now, if you want to really elevate your whole camping experience, especially if you don’t already have an RV or even your own tent, reach out to The Flying Ham. This Nashville-based company will meet you with everything you need to enjoy any of the campgrounds in Humphreys County. They provide retro campers that sleep a family of four, or you can “glamp” together in one of their massive bell tents. Some of their tents even include air conditioning, so you don’t really have to rough it if you don’t want to.
ITINERARY POINTS OF INTEREST
Located on 165 acres fronted by thousands of feet of Kentucky Lake and Turkey Creek, Eagle Bay offers long and short-term boat slips, camping areas, a bait shop, and even a white sand beach.
This Waverly marina offers primitive camping, rustic cabins, and lake access that would be perfect for an “unplugged” trip with the kids.
In addition to the easy water access thanks to their spacious ramps that can accommodate small and large boats, the New Johnsonville Harbor also has camping spots available for short- or long-term rental.
If your idea of camping is on your houseboat, Cuba Landing Marina offers spaces for $1.75 per foot, per night. You’ll have access to groceries, bait and tackle, and laundry facilities whenever you need them. Gas and diesel are also available when you’re ready to leave the dock.
For the longer vacation or even a semi-permanent houseboat setup, Pebble Isle may be better suited for your needs since their rates are a bit more affordable at $1.25 per foot, per night. In addition to access to gas and diesel for your trips, laundry, and a ship store, Pebble Isle also has cable and satellite TV access and a restaurant on site.
Bone’s Campground is the perfect spot to set up camp and spend the whole weekend with the family. Plan ahead and you could have your canoe or kayak reserved and waiting for you every morning so you can all stay out on the water from sun-up to sundown.
This camping resort has cabins available if you reserve them early enough, and plenty of spaces for your tents and RVs. You’ll be close enough to the water for kayaking and canoeing, but you’ll have to bring your own boats!
Stagecoach Hill is considered to be “the premier campground” at The Ranch. It has 55 full-service 50amp pull through RV spots as well as cabins and a bunkhouse, which would be perfect for big families.
The Lower Campground is the hub of all activity at The Ranch, and is where you’ll find the swimming pool, playgrounds, and a pavilion with plenty of activities to keep the kids busy.
For a more unique camping experience, The Flying Ham offers 3 vintage-style campers as well as glamping bell tents for rent that they would be more than happy to come setup for you at your favorite Humphreys County camping spot.