Shelby County Parks 717 Burks Branch Road, Shelbyville, KY 40065 502.633.5059

Lake Shelby Campground

1433 Burks Branch Road
Shelbyville, KY, United States

Programs / Amenities / Events / Activities


Main office: 502-633-5059

CLICK HERE for full Lake Shelby Information and Important Campground Polices.


Campground Rules, Regulations, and Cancellation / Refund Policy


IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Effective September 1st, 2018, Campground fees will increase to $22.00 / night for RV sites and $17.00 per night for tent sites.

About Lake Shelby Park & Campground
Lake Shelby was built in 1949, and is located within the city limits of Shelbyville, Kentucky.  It is owned by the City of Shelbyville and operated by Shelbyville/Shelby Co. Parks and Recreation and Kentucky Dept of Fish and Wildlife.  The original lake was never dug out.  When the dam was built, trees were cut along a low lying field area which was then flooded to form Lake Shelby.  It was used by Kentucky Utilities as the water reservoir for the city and was also a private fish and game club.  In the early 1960’s, Guist Creek Lake was built nearby and became the new reservoir for the city.  In 1970 the Shelbyville – Shelby County Park and Recreation Board was formed, and the city turned Lake Shelby over to the parks department to operate.

Lake Shelby offers 20 acres of water stocked with bluegill, crappie, bass, catfish, and more!  A 10 site RV campground is available for guest as well as 20 tent sites and primitive sites along the lake front.  The park is great for canoeing / kayaking, fishing, and bird watching, a bald eagle was actually spotted recently at Lake Shelby.  The lake is used by Clear Creek Camps (C3 Camps), Shelbyville / Shelby Co. Parks newly re-organized children’s day camps, for their summer camp and every 3rd Friday of the month from May – September Lake Shelby host a fish fry open to all the public including cod fish, cole slaw, hush puppies, potato wedges and ice cream!  Lake Shelby offers a little bit of everything with canoes, paddle boats, and row boats available for rent offer recreation for all ages and RV/tent camping is available as well as shelters for rent.


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More Information about Lake Shelby Campground

RV and Tent Camping:

$20 per night:  RV’s / Trailers (includes electric & water (RV Site #1 has sewer)
$15.00 per night:  Tents and Primitive (no water or electric)

CANCELLATION POLICY:  (Effective July 1, 2018)

15 days or more, $10.00 cancellation fee. 

14 days or less, $10.00 cancellation fee + forfeiture of first nights camping fee. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Effective September 1st, 2018, Campground fees will increase to $22.00 / night for RV sites and $17.00 per night for tent sites.


Boat Launching:

  • Daily Fee:  (valid from dawn to dusk)
    • Motorized Boats:  $4.00 per boat per vehicle
    • Non-Motorized Boats:  $2.00 per vehicle
  • Annual Pass: (valid for calendar year, Jan-Dec)
    • Motorized Boats:  $40.00 per boat.
    • Non-motorized Boats:  $40.00 per vehicle.

Paddle Boats and Canoes:

$8.00 per hour
$6.00 per 1/2 hour

Row Boats:

$6.00 per hour
$10.00 per 1/2 Day
$20 per day

Docking Nightly: $3  (dock space is limited)



Shelters / Pavilions Available to Rent:

Main Shelter
Located by the restroom facility (50 max capacity)
Individual – $50
Company – $100

Moses Ruben
Located on the front avenue when entering Lake Shelby (40 max capacity)
Individual – $40
Company – $75


Shirley Martin
Located in the primitive area – 40 max capacity (no electric or water)
Individual – $40
Company – $75


Log Cabin
Located in the primitive area – 25 max capacity (no electric or water)
Individual – $40
Company – $75


Nelson Bottom
Located across from main entrance of Lake Shelby under bridge
First Come, First Serve