IMPORTANT LBL UPDATES ~
NEW - On Saturday, March 8, Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area’s Golden Pond Visitor Center, North and South Welcome Stations; Energy Lake, Hillman, Piney, and Wranglers campgrounds; as well as the Elk & Bison Prairie, Golden Pond Planetarium, Homeplace Interpretive Center, and Woodlands Nature Station, will re-open to the public with two exceptions, The Homeplace farm site and Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle Area will remain closed. The 1pm Ft. Henry Anniversary program will take place inside the Homeplace Interpretive Center on Saturday, but the 3pm Ft. Henry Trail walk has been cancelled. For other LBL programs, check LBL’s calendar of events
The LBL main roads are clear of ice and snow, but many other roads have not been treated and still have several slick spots. Please drive slowly and use caution when driving on any LBL road. Staff recommends that the public wait to visit until at least mid-morning, at the earliest on Saturday. This will allow for more of the ice and snow to melt and minimize travel issues.
- Staff will continue to clear roads and trails of downed trees and limbs within LBL from recent winter storms. Please remain aware of your surroundings, as you may encounter hazardous trees and hanging limbs overhead.
- Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area remains closed at this time. Management urges OHV enthusiasts to “Call Before You Haul” 270-924-2000 or go to Trails Update page for updated information.
- 2014 Land Between The Lakes Trail Run is still scheduled for Sat., March 8 begins at 6:30am in Grand Rivers, KY. For more info https://www.facebook.com/wkrunners
TRAIL UPDATE ~ Trail updates for Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle, Hiking, Biking, and Horse Trails.
LBL WEATHER CONDITIONS ~ View LBL weather forecast before planning your outdoor activities.
CHECK IT OUT ~ We are working on a new vacation destination website www.landbetweenthelakes.us
ROAD CLOSURES ~ The following roads will soon be temporarily closed or restricted to the public:
2-20-14 ROAD UPDATE ~ The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the contractor executing repairs of FS Road 108 have experienced significant difficulties during construction activities. Due to this, the completion date for road repairs will likely be extended past May 2014.
12-18-13 ROAD UPDATE ~ The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) continues to administer a single large contract to repair portions of three damaged roads in Land Between The Lakes. Forest Service Road (FS RD) 130 is currently undergoing a bridge replacement, but remains open. A construction area bypass road has been built and available for use. The culvert replacement on FS RD 108 has been delayed. The FHWA indicates work will begin Mon., Dec. 23, 2013. Approximately 1,000 feet of the road will be closed and barricades will be placed. Detour signs will direct visitors to use FS RD 109 as an alternate route to access Demumbers Bay Area and Boat Launch. Culvert replacement on FS RD 134 is also scheduled to begin Mon., Dec. 23. Approximately 2 miles will be closed and barricades in place. FS RD 134 from Energy Lake to FS RD 135 (Mulberry Flat) will be closed to thru traffic. Detour signs will be in place to direct visitors to alternate routes. Access to Energy Lake and Energy Lake Campground will be available from US68/KY80 and the southern portion of FS RD 134.
12-10-13 ROAD UPDATE ~ The portion of 108 Road spanning Willow Bay will be closed for road repairs starting December 16, 2013. Access to Demumbers Bay Area and Boat Launch will be available via FS Road 109.
Road 350/Block House Road ~ Road remains closed.
PRESCRIBED FIRE INFORMATION ~ In the spring of 2014, prescribed burns may be conducted in portions of Hunt Areas 1, 7, 8, 10,11, and 12 on certain days. Additionally, in the growing season of 2014 (May-September), prescribed burns may be conducted in a portion of Hunt Area 12. View 2014 KY and TN Prescribed Fire Maps
Prescribed fires are planned ignitions that occur under very specific conditions. Prior to a prescribed burn, roads in the burn area will be barricaded and monitored for smoke issues. Officials in local communities, near areas to be burned, will be contacted before the burn takes place. Prescribed fires improve overall wildlife habitat diversity and helps promote many native tree and plants such as oaks, hickories, forbs, and wildflowers. Viewmore information about LBL's prescribed fire program.
LBL SAFETY INFORMATION ~ Important Safety Information.
TICK INFORMATION ~ Click HERE for important information on ticks in LBL.
TRANSPORTATION ANALYSIS PROCESS ~ Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area hosted three informational public meetings to discuss their road system in the following gateway communities:
July 16, 2013 at Lake Barkley State Resort Park Convention Center, 3500 State Park Road, Cadiz, KY 42211
July 26, 2013 at Stewart County Visitor Center, 117 Visitor Center Lane, Dover, TN 37058
July 30, 2013 at Grand Rivers Senior/Community Center, 155 W. Cumberland Avenue, Grand Rivers, KY 42045
Nationally, the USDA Forest Service is required to identify National Forest System roads no longer needed to meet forest resource management objectives. Transportation Analysis Process (TAP) provides a critical first step towards the development of proposed actions towards the future “minimum road system.”
Approximately 65 miles of the 475 miles of existing LBL roads will be evaluated. Any road which accesses a cemetery or is maintained by state of Kentucky or Tennessee will not be changed by this process. LBL management requests the public come to these meetings to learn about the process and discuss what roads are most important to them.
“Land Between The Lakes has a tradition of going to the public for ideas and direction. I want to continue this tradition and reach out to the public for this initial stage of our road analysis; even though this initial process does not require public input,” says Tina Tilley, new Land Between The Lakes Area Supervisor. This exercise will help to establish what roads exist now, what is needed for access, and what is affordable in the future. The knowledge gained from these meetings will be incorporated into a final Transportation Analysis Report. Before any decisions are made in the future, the public will be asked for additional comments.
For more information please click on the Map and Key Messages links below:
LBL RULES AND CLOSURE ORDERS ~ An important part of planning a trip to Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area is to know the Rules & Regulations (pdf). In order to ensure the health and safety of visitors now and in the future, we ask that you follow these guidelines to protect the natural environment. Supervisor Orders are posted on this website, posted on bulletin boards or located in the supervisor's office.
DON'T MOVE FIREWOOD ~ Protect our National Forests from Invasive Insects and Diseases
• Leave firewood at home – do not transport it to campgrounds. Use firewood from local sources.
• If you have moved firewood, burn all of it before leaving your campsite. For more information about invasive species and risks associated with firewood movement, click HERE.