270 Conley Bottom Road
Monticello, Kentucky 42633
Pros: Located on the lake and close to the marina. Beautiful sunsets.
Cons: If you don’t have a boat or plan to rent one, there is not a lot to do. Sites near the dumping station carry a heavy stench(at least when we were there). No reservations (first come, first serve).
This campground is located on Cumberland Lake in Kentucky. The prices are as follows: Sunday-Thursday for 3 consecutive nights ($29/peak and 19/off peak). Friday or Saturday night ($33/peak and $23/off peak). Peak season is between May 18 and September 14th. Conley Bottom does not take reservations. It is first come, first serve. As the planner that I am, this policy is discouraging. The campground is divided into two sections. There are a total of 150 campsites offering 30 or 50 amp electric service. In the first section, 50 amp service is provided and all sites are full hook up. There is no nearby restroom/showerhouse. In the second section, there is a central bathhouse with restrooms and showers. It also includes laundry facilities. There is a dump station for campers who do not have full hookup sites. The campground also offers permanent sites at $2,450 per year.
Conley Bottom is well maintained. The roads were paved and the campsites were gravel. The sites were decent in size and many have nice lake views. There is not much in the way of beautification landscaping but there are nicely wooded areas and the sites are kept well-groomed.
Rating: (1-5 lanterns with 5 being the highest)
If you are camping at Conley Bottom, you are here for Lake Cumberland. The Marina offers rentals including houseboats, pontoon boats, small boats, and jet skis. The Marina store has groceries (excluding fresh meat and vegetables), ice, souvenirs boating accessories, fishing gear and license, etc. It also includes an ATM. The marina does NOT sell beer. You have to drive about 20 minutes from the campground to get beer. The Lighthouse Café offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is located on the marina.
Pets are allowed if on a 6’ leash. There is not a dogs park but you can take the dogs down to the shoreline. There are also a few short trails within the campground that you can walk the dogs.
The campground includes a basketball court, volleyball court, playground, and horseshoe pits. Campers can fish and swim at the campground’s lakeshore. There is also an overnight boat tie up.
The bathhouse is centrally located in the second section of the campground. It is somewhat inconvenient to walk to the shower house if you are staying in the front full hookup section. It is a good distance and up a fairly steep roadway. The conditions of the bathrooms were good.