Where to go camping in the Ozarks: list of public campgrounds

At its simplest, camping is sleeping on blankets under the stars. At most it’s a fully decked out RV.  For the sake of definition, we’re not focusing on RV camping or backpacking in this section. Below you’ll find an (evolving) list of public places in the Ozarks where you can pull up your car, pitch a tent, and have a fire.

Camping at Bull Shoals Lake

Reservations can be made and information for each of these campgrounds (except Bull Shoals-White River State Park) can be found at Recreation.gov.

Camping at Clearwater Lake

Reservations can be made and information for each of these campgrounds can be found at Recreation.gov.

  • Bluff View
  • Highway K
  • Piedmont Park
  • River Road
  • Webb Creek

Camping at Lake Wappapello

Camping at Beaver Lake

Reservations can be made and information for each of these campgrounds can be found at Recreation.gov.

  • Dam Site Lake
  • Dam Site River
  • Hickory Creek
  • Horseshoe Bend East
  • Horseshoe Bend West
  • Indian Creek
  • Lost Bridge North
  • Lost Bridge South
  • Prairie Creek
  • Rocky Branch
  • Starkey
  • War Eagle

Camping at Norfork Lake

Reservations can be made and information for each of these campgrounds can be found at Recreation.gov.

  • Bidwell Point
  • Cranfield
  • Dam-Quarry Campground
  • Gamaliel
  • Robinson Point

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