The Land Between the Lakes 2022 Heritage Geocache Challenge: The Heritage of Wildlife Conservation

The Heritage Geocache Challenge begins Friday, June 10, 2022 at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. The Wildlife Conservation Heritage Challenge Coin The annual Heritage Geocache Challenge is put on by the Heritage Program at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area as part of our outreach to the public, to get people to explore their forest and their history, and to share the unique heritage of the families from Between the Rivers. About the GeocachesThis is the sixth year of the Heritage Geocache Challenge at the Land Between the Lakes and, like in previous years, we like people…
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Woodlands Nature Station Picks Up a “6-Pack”

By John Pollpeter Exciting news for the Woodlands Nature Station as staff welcomed five little squiggly red wolf puppies in the small wolf den on April 26, 2022. There was some suspicion as Ember, the four-year-old mother, started to show signs of pregnancy a few days prior, which can be difficult to tell until parturition. Jasper, the 75-pound, 13-year-old male, also started to show protective behaviors and began delivering food to Ember, which are telltale signs of upcoming pups. Once these changes were noticed, staff whirled into puppy mode, checking the dens twice a day, setting them up with soft…
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Public Hearing Notice 4.23.2019

Under Public Law, 88-578, citizens are afforded the opportunity to express their views concerning the recreational needs of the community. To provide a forum for discussion, an open public meeting is being held on April 30, 2019, at 10:00 am at the US Forest Service Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area located at 100 Van Morgan Drive, Golden Pond, Kentucky 42211, sponsored by the US Forest Service Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area and the Pennyrile Area Development District. The specific purpose of the meeting is to discuss the development of a Recreational Trails Program and Land &…
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Building a New Home for Bobcat

Building a New Home for Bobcat

The Friends of Land Between the Lakes has launched a RedBasket.org online fundraising campaign to raise $35,000 for a new enclosure for the bobcat at the Woodlands Nature Station. The  website address to donate is https://redbasket.org/1699/back-the-bobcat-barrens. The site will be available for donations through August 16, 2018. Lead Naturalist John Pollpeter says “We hope all of our friends and regular visitors to the Woodlands Nature Station will take this opportunity to support this project with a financial donation. The existing enclosure was built in 1995. A new habitat will offer the bobcat a more natural and enriching space. The plan…
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Camping Adventure at Hillman Ferry Campground

Camping Adventure at Hillman Ferry Campground

It was a long week at work and all I wanted to do was get away and into the woods. Called my friend and we picked a location in between both of us. Hillman Ferry Campground in Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area was the perfect place. After some quick texts on who would be bringing what I set out for Hillman Ferry. I arrived and picked a great site located in Loop A right on the water, with a beautiful view of the bay that leads right out to the lake. Sitting next to the beach, just down…
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Strutting through the Elk and Bison Prairie

Strutting through the Elk and Bison Prairie

Some folks seem to forget that the Elk and Bison Prairie is also home to lots of other wildlife. For example, this was a good morning to see wild turkeys, which happen to be in the mood for their spring breeding season.  This is the time where the male turkeys (gobblers) like to show off their prowess to the neighborhood females (hens) by fanning out their tail feathers and puffing out their body feathers and ‘strut’ to show off how handsome they are to the hens and how big and mean they look to other competing gobblers… kind of like…
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Dusk till Dawn

Dusk till Dawn

I looked east and spotted the orange glow piercing through the oaks still leafless from the long winter nights. I turned right from the trailhead and regained my footing as I reached a muddy path. I slipped and contorted in many ways as I tried to maintain my footing. My mind kept racing, “warm thoughts, warm thoughts,” but it did nothing to stop my now uncontrollable shivering. Only a madman could be up in these conditions for my specific agenda. I stumbled in the half-morn light crashing heavily on a twig. The crack pierced the cold morning air and a…
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The Land Between the Lake 2018 Heritage Geocache Challenge is coming soon!

Get ready to explore the great outdoors and learn about the history and culture of the families who lived between the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers. The 2018 Heritage Geocaches have been placed and Geocaching.com will be publishing their locations soon! In order to get everyone ready and excited about this year’s challenge, we’ve put together a post about the heritage locations that we learned about The 2016 Heritage Geocache Challenge We placed a geocache box at each site. In each geocache box, there is a sign-in and date logbook and 100 aluminum metal tree tags stamped with numbering specific to…
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Reel Back in Time

Reel Back in Time

Sometimes forgotten is the history of the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers and how they influenced not only the economic welfare of the area but the development of recreation activities including sport fishing. This Homeplace 1850s apprentice is an avid sportsman and has added his passion and knowledge of sport fishing to the Homeplace 1850s historical research and program files. Before the impoundment of the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers, fishing was just as popular and leisurely of a pastime as it is today. Anglers all across the country, especially in the Between the Rivers area, indulged in the challenge of fooling…
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They Grow Up So Fast!

They Grow Up So Fast!

May 2, 2014 was a big day for the Woodlands Nature Station. Peeking into the wolf den, the dim morning light barely revealed the two squiggly forms covered in reddish brown fur. With flattened ears, closed eyes, and barely a whimper, the light highlighted their vulnerable faces.  I picked up the larger of the two pups. She weighed ¾ of a pound, her only distinguishing mark being a long white stripe from her tiny chest to her belly.  It was a healthy little red wolf pup! It was the first one born at the Woodlands Nature Station in 20 years. …
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