Alerts

Current Fire Danger Level at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area

Visitors are urged to recreate responsibly and follow the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with local and state health and safety guidance. For visitors with questions regarding COVID-19, please visit the CDC’s website. Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area is located in Lyon and Trigg Counties, KY and Stewart County, TN. To find COVID community levels and prevention steps by county, please see the CDC’s “COVID-19 by County” tool on their website.

Campgrounds & Developed Camping Areas 

  • Campgrounds and camping areas are open.

Facilities

  • Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle Area is currently CLOSED through December 4 (weather dependent) while crews pour concrete for a new low water crossing. 
  • The USDA Forest Service is allowing archery deer hunting in select areas of Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area typically off-limits to hunting for wildlife conservation and population management. Hunters can access the Southern Nature Watch Demonstration Area, Brandon Spring Group Center, and Energy Lake, Hillman Ferry, and Piney campgrounds Dec. 1, 2022 through Jan. 16, 2023 for archery deer hunting. 
  • Moss Creek Day Use Area is temporarily closed due to tornado damage and cleanup efforts. Closures allow critical recovery and repair work to be accomplished quickly and efficiently. We will not reopen Moss Creek Day Use Area until hazards have been satisfactorily mitigated and the site has been rebuilt to safely accommodate visitors.

Hunting

  • Check the Hunting page for the latest hunting season information.
  • In response to the discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a deer in Tennessee, close to the Kentucky border, both states have issued alerts warning hunters of the risks associated with CWD and with the guidance for deer harvesting in the area. See these updates and guidelines on CWD in Kentucky and Tennessee.
  • Hunters should be aware that hunting is not permitted within 150 yards of any Land Between the Lakes facility. Waterfowl hunting is not permitted within 200 yards of a refuge boundary. State regulations should be followed while on the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers.

Prescribed Burn Information

  • There are no prescribed burns at this time.

Roads

  • Email [email protected] to report road issues or damage. You can also message us on Facebook @LBLNatlRecArea.

Trails 

  • Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle Area:
    • Turkey Bay OHV Area is currently CLOSED through December 4 (weather dependent) while crews pour concrete for a new low water crossing. 
  • Wranglers Horse Trails Quota Hunt Closures:
    • December 17-18: Trails 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 are closed. ONLY Trails 1 – 4 are open.  
  • Honker Trail:
    • A bridge on the western half of the trail near the powerlines is in the process of being replaced. Please use caution in that area.
  • North/South Trail:
    • A detour has been established to bypass a tornado-damaged section of the North/South Trail. Approximately 7.9 miles of the North/South Trail and 0.80 miles of the North/South-Ft. Henry Connector Trail are closed until further notice between South Welcome Station and FS Roads 221, 222, and 230. Barricades are placed on the trail at these locations. The detour (approx. 6.4 miles) uses portions of the Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway and FS Road 221 and provides trail users extra clearance around ongoing and planned tornado recovery and salvage logging operations. Trail users should look for “detour” decals on white posts installed at intersections and follow the white diamonds between posts. The red line on this map represents the trail closures and the yellow line is the detour.
  • Fort Henry Trail:
    • Portions of the Ft. Henry trail system were severely damaged during the December 10, 2021 tornadoes. As a result, Pickett Loop, Connector #1 (from Boswell Landing), and Connector #2 (from Ft. Henry Trailhead/FS Road 232), are closed until further notice as a safety precaution around ongoing and planned timber salvage operations. Ft. Henry Trailhead will remain open for visitor parking however this may change as salvage operations progress closer to the area.  On this map, the orange lines represent the associated trail closures. Read the Fort Henry Safety Fact Sheet for more information.
  • Trail Safety in Tornado-Impacted Areas:
    • Numerous downed and damaged trees have resulted in impassible trails, dangerous conditions, and public safety concerns.
    • Storm-damaged trees can fall unpredictably, causing injury or death.
    • Do not enter a closed or tornado-impacted area. 
  • NOTE: Water is not available on trails.
    • There are a few seasonal springs. You must carry water and/or bring a filter to use when you find water (lake shore). Water is available at Golden Pond Visitor Center and Land Between the Lakes dump stations.

Wildlife Refuges

  • Wildlife Refuges are open March 16, 2022 – October 31, 2022.
  • From October 31, 2022 through March 15, 2023, seasonal wildlife refuge closures include:
      • Portions of Duncan Bay, Smith Bay, and Rushing Bay on Kentucky Lake
      • Fulton Bay and Honker Bay on Lake Barkley
        Western one-third of Energy Lake; all of Energy Lake and Bards Lake are closed to hunting; eastern two-thirds of Energy Lake and all of Bards Lake remain open to fishing
      • Duncan Lake
      • Long Creek Refuge at the back of Elbow Bay
      • Hematite Lake and Honker Lake closed to fishing and boating; trails open
      • Refuge closures provide undisturbed resting and feeding areas for waterfowl, shorebirds, and eagles. Staff at Land Between the Lakes asks for public cooperation with refuge regulations designed to provide needed sanctuary.
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