October 26, 2015

KOA Thanksgiving Classics October 2015

Some of the best memories are made around the Thanksgiving table, when family and friends gather to cook, eat and give thanks.  We’ve gathered a few recipes to help stock your celebration with mouthwatering treats. Plus, they’re all great to take camping next summer! Roasted Veggies work well in the oven and in a grill basket, too! Sweet Potato Casserole travels well and makes for a lovely BBQ side dish any time of year, and our favorite Pecan Pie can be made into bars using the same recipe, just press the crust into the bottom of a 13×9” pan.  Share your favorite Thanksgiving dishes in the Comments below!

Happy Thanksgiving (and happy camping) from KOA!


Roasted Veggies

Any combo of your favorite veggies works well, and the recipe can be halved and prepared in a grill basket at your campsite!

6 -7 cups veggies cut into bite-sized pieces (any combination of butternut squash, parsnips, potatoes, yams or sweet potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, Brussels sprouts, bell peppers, asparagus, eggplant, red onion, zucchini, summer squash,
¼ cup olive oil
2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 ½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Combine your choice of vegetables on a baking sheet or large baking pan. Drizzle with olive oil and vinegar and sprinkle with garlic, salt and pepper. Use a spoon or your hands to toss veggies and coat evenly. Bake for 25-40 minutes, stirring occasionally until all veggies are tender.


Sweet Potato Casserole

Dig in to the rich natural sweetness of this classic dish, great with everything from turkey to BBQ.

3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
¼ cup butter
1/3 cup real maple syrup
¼ cup milk
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt

Maple glazed pecans
1 cup pecan halves
3 Tbsp. real maple syrup
1/2 tsp. flaked sea salt or ¼ tsp. salt
2 cups mini marshmallows, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add potatoes to a large pot of water. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and put in a bowl with butter, maple syrup, milk, egg, vanilla and salt. Beat until smooth and fluffy. Spread in a buttered 2 quart baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile make maple glazed pecans.  Combine pecans, syrup and salt in a small skillet over medium high heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until nuts are toasted and caramelized, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from pan and place on parchment paper or buttered foil, cool and chop.

Top warm casserole with candied pecans and marshmallows. Place under broiler just until marshmallows turn golden brown. Serve.


Bourbon Pecan Pie

Our all time favorite pecan pie recipe, this yummy dessert can be made as a pie or in a 13×9” pan. Serve with whipped cream with a hint of bourbon for a knockout finale. 

 1 9-inch unbaked piecrust
2 cups pecan halves, toasted and divided
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
4 large eggs
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 cup real maple syrup
2-3 tablespoons good quality bourbon (Maker’s Mark works well)
1 teaspoon freshly grated orange rind
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. flaked sea salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out piecrust and place in pie pan.  Spread pecans on a cookie sheet. Place piecrust and pecans on different racks in preheated oven. Bake both for 10 minutes. Remove and cool both completely.

Turn the oven down to 275 degrees. Melt butter in the microwave or a small saucepan and cool completely. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, brown sugar, maple syrup, bourbon, orange rind, vanilla and salt. Whisk in cooled butter.

Roughly chop one cup of the toasted pecans and add to egg mixture. Pour mixture into prepared pie shell. Place the rest of the pecans decoratively on top of the pie, making sure to coat the pecans in the pie mixture. Sprinkle with another pinch of sea salt.

Bake for 1 hour at 275 degrees. Cool completely. Serve with freshly whipped cream flavored with a few teaspoons of bourbon and sugar to taste.


Share with us your favorite Thanksgiving recipes or memories with us! #KOACamping

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Breakfast Skillet

May 25, 2015


  • 1 pound(s) bacon
  • 1 pound(s) sausage
  • 3-4 cans sliced potatoes
  • 8 – 12 eggs
  • salt and pepper

Fry bacon and sausage together until done. Drain grease. Add potatoes, stirring constantly to keep from sticking. Scramble eggs, then add to the meat and potatoes. Salt and pepper to taste. You can add onions, peppers, or other veggies too.

This post is shared from the KOA, Inc Blog the Greater Outdoors. For more great camping recipes check out:


Family Friendly Packing List

Got your headlamp?

They’re not only great to have at night in a campground but are useful in the back seat at night.

Encourage the kids to pack their own backpacks with toys, games, art supplies for the trip. The caveat: They have to be able to carry them!

If you’re like us, there’s always some essential you forget on your road trip.  Here’s our tried and true packing list from Family Travel Forum  and TakingtheKids :

  • LAMINATED MAPS Sure you’ve got GPS but kids, especially younger ones can follow the route—and maybe even help you navigate.
  • AN ATLAS  and MAPS of the areas you will be
  • A PLAYLIST of favorite songs. Encourage the kids to add some of their favorites!
  • A JOKE BOOK When it seems we’ll never get there,  a few silly jokes can lighten the mood.
  • “SURPRISE BAG” —silly, small things that is offered up after a certain number of miles, hours in the car or crossing state lines.
  • FOOD for a picnic lunch or dinner.  Let the kids figure out what you’re having!
  • FAVORITE JUST-FOR-THE-TRIP SNACKS . In our family, it was cherry tootsie pops.
  • NON MESSY SNACKS like pretzels, nuts, granola bars, fruit  cut up veggies
  • AUDIO CDS OR DOWNLOADS .  Get the kids to forgo a movie or their games and listen to a story with you.  Choose one of their favorite authors or ask your local children’s librarian for suggestions.  Try Judy Bloom’s books, if you haven’t already.
  • MOVIES for the kids
  • FIRST AID KIT that’s easily accessible.  (AAA makes one designed for road trips.)
  • REUSABLE WATER BOTTLES for each member of the family. They become souvenirs when the kids slap stickers on them and they are always at the ready!
  • FRISBEE, SOCCER BALL, SOFTBALL, MITTS —to toss around when you stop and certainly when you get to the campground.
  • MASKING TAPE —in case the kids want to divide their space. They can also use to make designs on the seat in front of them.
  • A ROLL  (or two) of paper towels and cleaner to easily wipe up the inevitable messes as well as large PLASTIC GARBAGE
  • ZIPLOCKS of different sizes
  • MOTION SICKNESS REMEDIES if  your gang  is prone to getting car sick. (Check with your doctor first, of course)
  • AN EXTRA BATTERY CHARGER —or two—for all of your family

Be sure to book your next family vacation at

May 13, 2015

By Eileen Ogintz

This Post was Originally written for KOA Inc’s Blog, for more great stories and tips check out:

Eileen Ogintz writes the syndicated column Taking the Kids.  Follow @TakingtheKids on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.  Checkout Eileen’s Kid’s City Guides available online and from major booksellers. 

Prizer Point Marina & Resort: A Pet Friendly Vacation Destination

Traveling With Pets Gets Easier Every Trip

At Prizer Point Resort & Marina and Kentucky Lakes KOA, we know that your furry, four legged family members are an important part of your family vacation! That’s why we’re a Pet Friendly Resort with dedicated Dog Park and Pet Friendly Accommodations. Check out these other Pet Accessories that make traveling with your pets easier than ever!

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Looking for time and hassle-saving ways to ensure your pet is as comfortable as the two-legged family members on your next vacation? Look no further, read on to find out what pet travel/camping must haves are hot today.

“Whistle” Dog activity trackerwhisper
Fitness trackers are all the rage. Go to any gym, and you’ll likely see Fitbits, iFits and Jawbone Ups strapped on most of the wrists of the workout weary.

But, what about the family dog? Who’s tracking his workouts and sleep patterns? It was probably only a matter of time, but a company called Whistle has come up with an activity monitor for dogs that tracks both your pet’s motions while awake, but also their sleep. It sends all of the data to your smart phone, so you can keep track of Fido’s fitness.

While this all may sound a bit “over the top,” the small disc device does have one other shining feature: It acts as a GPS monitor so you’ll know right where your dog is at all times. Think about that next time you’re camping and your four-legged friend gets off the leash. Get It Now!

Pet Tube Travel Kentravel_kennelnel
Here’s an easy way to keep your pet comfortable yet totally contained on your next trip. The Pet Ego Pet Tube Car Kennel sits across your vehicle’s back seats, and can be extended to fit the size of your pet. It has a mesh top for ventilation, and folds flat for storage. Get It Now!

Something For The Cat Loverscat_ten
Yes, cats are welcome at KOAs, too. This handy little tent “habitat” allows your feline friends to enjoy the fresh air while you camp, without getting tangled in a leash. It pops up in one simple motion, and comes with a storage/carry bag. It even connects to more habitats called “Crazy Mazes,” and “Fun Runs.” Get It Now!

ThunderShirts to Calm Your Pets
thundershirt This one has been around for a few years, but it really works. The ThunderShirt is simply a snug, Velcro-attached “jacket” for your dog that works on the premise that a compression covering calms the pet and makes them feel secure. That can be crucial during your camping trip, and especially during that occasional storm. Yes, it comes for cats, too. Get It Now!


Ramp It Up
As your dog ages, that leap into the back of the truck or SUV becomes a challenge. You can make life a little easier with the Natural Step Dog Ramp. The folding ramp gives your pet easy access to the rear of your vehicle, with steel supports that can hold up to 250 pounds. Get It Now!

Saddle Up!
saddle The next time you take a hike, let your dog carry what he needs for the adventure with the Max Pack Dog Saddlebags. The pack is great for hikes, walks and runs, and comes with two different size pockets. One size adjusts to fit dogs from 50 pounds to 110 pounds. It’s water resistant and allows your pet to carry up to 25 percent of their body weight. Get It Now!

Find Fido Fasterfinder
There are few things as frightening for a pet owner – or their pet – than being unintentionally separated in a strange place. The folks at Pet Hub have a simple solution. Each Pet Hub dog tag comes complete with a unique QR code that can be scanned by most any smart phone. The code will tell the finder all they need to know to locate the rightful owner. Pet Hub says 97 percent of pets lost while wearing the tags were returned in under one day, and 25 percent of them were returned in less than an hour. The tag info includes any info you want, including contact info, license and rabies tag numbers, microchip data, medications and more. Get It Now!

Top 5 Reasons To Vacation at Kentucky Lakes: #3 Lakefront Lodging & Camping at Prizer Point

Top 5 Reasons To Book a Kentucky Lakes Vacation:

#3 Lakefront Lodging & Camping at Prizer Point Marina & Resort and Kentucky Lakes KOA

Lake Barkley Cabin on Kentucky Western Waterland, Kentucky Lakes

Lake Barkley Cabin in Kentucky Western Waterland, Kentucky Lakes

At Prizer Point Marina & Resort and Kentucky Lakes KOA Campground, we offer different styles of accommodation to fit different sizes of groups and needs of our guests.  The best part? They’re all located on the stunning point at mile marker 55 on Lake Barkley in Kentucky’s Western Waterland. With amazing views, private fishing area and easy access to the water, we have the perfect accommodation or camping site for you! Best of all-each style of accommodation gets you access to the all-inclusive recreation in the summer-even the tent camping sites!

Which of these options fits you best?

Ways to Stay at Prizer Point Marina & Resort and Kentucky Lakes KOA
# of People Bathroom Kitchen TV Grill /   Fire Ring Linen All Inclusive Recreation Perfect for…
Hassle-Free Houseboat 2-12 Full Bath w/ Shower Full Yes Grill Yes Yes Family Reunion, Friends Get-Away, Family Vacation
3-Bedroom Log Cabin 3-12 1.5 Baths Full Yes Both Yes Yes Family Reunion, Friends Get-Away,Family Vacation
3-Bedroom Condo 3-12 2 Baths Full, with dishwasher Yes Both Yes Yes Single Family, Multiple Parties wanting Adjoining deck space
2-Bedroom Bungalow 2-8 1 Full Bath Full Yes Both Yes Yes Single Family, Groups wanting neighboring accommodation
2-Bedroom KOA Chalet 2-8 1 Full Bath Full Yes Both Yes Yes 1 or 2 Families, Groups of Friends, Multi-Generation Families
1-Bedroom Cottage 1-6 1 Full Bath Full Yes Both Yes Yes 1 or 2 Families, Groups of Friends, Multi-Generation Families
2-Bedroom KOA Fort 2-6 1 Full Bath Kitchenette Yes Both Yes Yes 1 or 2 Families, Groups of Friends, Multi-Generation Families
Deluxe Log Cabin 1-6 1 Full Bath Kitchenette Yes Both Yes Yes 1 or 2 Families, Groups of Friends, Multi-Generation Families
KOA Suite 1-5 1 Full Bath Mini-Fridge, Coffe Maker, Microwave Yes Fire Ring No Yes Fishing Trips, Families, Friends
Tree house Lodging 1-5 None, Bathhouse Nearby small refridgerator Yes Fire Ring No Yes Upgrading from Tent Camping to Cabin Camping
KOA Cabin 1-4 1/2 Bath None Yes Fire Ring No Yes Families with Small Children Who need a Bathroom
Deluxe RV Site 1-6 n/a n/a n/a Fire Ring n/a Yes Camping with a View; Big Rig Friendly
RV Site 1-6 n/a n/a n/a Fire Ring n/a Yes Big Rig Friendly
Water & Electric RV Site 1-6 n/a n/a n/a Fire Ring n/a Yes 34′ – 80′
Tent Camping 1-6 n/a n/a n/a Campfire Welcome n/a Yes Beautiful Wooded Area + All the Resort Amentities
Boat Slips 1-6 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a Yes Up to 80′, Includes all Resort Ameneities

*All-Inclusive Recreation is included in a $10 Resort Fee charged per site per day from on Holiday Weekends & June 15 – August 2
**All Rates are based on 4 guests. Additional guests are welcome for $20/guest/night.

As you can see, there are options for groups of friends and families who want to stay nearby to each other. Options for multi-generations to stay in one accommodation with all the comforts of home. Rustic options for campers or those who plan to play on Lake Barkley all day and only spend time inside to sleep! Boating, Camping, Glamping, RVing or Luxury Lodging. Still not sure? Give us a call and we’ll guide you through options at 270-522-3762. Or visit us at to reserve today.

Check back soon to learn more about Lake Barkley’s Floating Restaurant, The Pier at Mile Marker 55.

Top 5 Reasons to Book A Kentucky Lakes Vacation at Prizer Point KOA : #2 Boating and Slip Rentals at Mile Marker 55 on Lake Barkley

More of the Top 5 Best Reasons to Make Prizer Point Marina, Resort & KOA Campground your Family Vacation Destination in 2015

Reason #2 Boating and Slip Rentals at Mile Marker 55 on Lake Barkley

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What makes Prizer Point the Best Marina on Lake Barkley at Kentucky Lakes? Whether you own a boat or rent a boat while you’re here, get ready for fun in the sun on the water! With all-inclusive recreation at the Marina, we offer a Marina and boating experience for families and friends that is unmatched anywhere in the US!

If you own a boat….

  • Rent a slip overnight or annually and enjoy all the onsite activities.
  • Stop by anytime in a Transient boat slip to Fuel Up and Enjoy The Pier Floating Restaurant at Mile Marker 55 on Lake Barkley.
  • Store your boat all year long at Prizer Point Marina & Resort. That way it’s easy to dive into fun upon your arrival!
  • Click Here for more information:

If you’d like to rent a boat…

  • Love the water but don’t want to hassle with bringing a boat? Stay in one of our Hassle-free Houseboats that sleep up to 12! It comes with a full kitchen, 3-bedrooms, a bathroom and amazing top deck. For your convenience, it stays docked at the marina for the duration of your stay. Then rent a deck boat or pontoon for water skiing on Lake Barkley and exploring Kentucky Lakes. Click here for more details:
  • Enjoy a full-day or half-day boat rental. We have a boat to fit every person and interest. Try a pontoon to take in the views, a deck boat to water ski or tube, or try the Slide-zilla with 2 water slides on board! Or ask about a fishing boat.
  • Click here to pick out the perfect boat for your group:

Check back next week to learn more about Kentucky Lakes Lakefront Cabins, Cottages, Treehouses and Lakefront RV Camping Sites on Lake Barkley.

Visit Last Week’s Post About All-Inclusive Recreation

Top 5 Best Reasons to Vacation at Kentucky Lakes in 2015

 Top 5 Best Reasons to Vacation at Kentucky Lakes in 2015|
REASON #1 – All-inclusive Recreation
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Your vacation time is precious and you want to make sure that you pick the perfect Kentucky family vacation destination. At Prizer Point Marina & Resort / Kentucky Lakes KOA there is something for everyone! Picturesque lakefront cabins, boating and fishing at the Marina for Dad. Local civil war history, Cherokee Trail of Tears historic sites and great food at Patti’s 1880 Settlement for Mom. All-inclusive recreation for the kids. For our extended family, there’s even a weekend devoted to celebrating Grandparents. And for our furry family members, we offer dog friendly accommodation and even a dog park.

Here are the Top 5 Best Reasons to Make Prizer Point Marina, Resort & KOA Campground your Family Vacation Destination in 2015

#1 All-inclusive Recreation

Our on-site recreation has something to offer for each of our guests from the youngest to the oldest. The zero entry pool and splash park is perfect for even little swimmers and our in-door/out-door pool means that whether it’s sunny or raining-nothing will stop the fun! Plus we have thrilling challenges like the Floating Iceberg and water sports for our older adventure seekers. A $10/night/accommodation resort fee gets your group or family unlimited access to: Continue reading

Grandparents Day

September 7th is Grandparents Day. Here at Prizer Point we celebrate our grandparents and grandkids. We created a special weekend just for grandparents in 2013 and continue it today. Grandparents can come with or without the kids and grandkids. When they stay with us Friday and Saturday night September 5 & 6, they can stay Sunday at no charge. Enjoy the sunset in one of our lakeside campsites or lakeside cabins. The kids can play all day at the splash pool or jumping pillow and have a movie at night before bedtime. We want to say thank you to all our grandparents all across the nation.

Peace of Mind is Found at the Lake

A Day at the Lake is a Day of Peace

A Day at the Lake is a Day of Peace

You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself, get more sleep, and rest when you know that it was a one hundred percent effort that you gave – win or lose. -Gordie Howe

Father’s Day 2014

Father's Day

Father’s Day

Spend a weekend with Dad at Prizer Point Marina & Resort on the beautiful Lake Barkley for Father’s Day 2014. Call Julie today at 270-522-3762 to reserve you KOA Suite or Cottage today for a perfect Father’s Day Weekend. You could even book a day of fishing with Andy Allen at Double A Fishing or a Day of Golf at Arrowhead Gold Course during your stay!


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