Moderate-Fire Danger
Current Fire Danger Level at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
Fireworks are prohibited on National Forest Lands.
Fireworks are prohibited in LBL

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.

All information on the Alerts webpage is up-to-date as of Dec 03, 2023.

Campgrounds & Developed Camping Areas 

  • Campgrounds and developed camping areas are open for their normal hours of operation.


  • Due to safety concerns with the stability of Jones Creek Bridge, access to Jones Creek boat ramp is temporarily closed.


  • Check the Hunting page for the latest hunting season information.
  • It is unlawful to discharge a weapon capable of taking a human life within 150 yards of a campsite, recreation site, or occupied area, or across, or on a National Forest System Road.
  • Night hunting for coyotes is prohibited on Land Between the Lakes. 
  • No hog hunting. It is illegal to chase, hunt, transport, or release feral hogs on Land Between the Lakes. Those caught are subject to citation. Learn more on our feral hog information webpage.

Prescribed Burn Information

  • Prescribed fire is a fire management tool that allows us to reintroduce the benefits of fire to the landscape in a safe and controlled way. Forest land managers prescribe fire to forest areas as a way to enhance wildlife habitat, reduce forest fuels (brush, dry leaves, and shrubs), decrease risk of catastrophic wildfire, and improve the general health of the recreation area. 


  • Due to safety concerns the bridge on FS Road 126, Davenport Bay, will be temporarily closed starting July 21. Visitors can access Guy Lady and Sardis Cemeteries from FS roads 124 and 125. 
  • TVA is in the process of replacing power poles along the powerlines. Visitors may see small signs on roads for that project. 
  • Due to safety concerns with the stability of Jones Creek Bridge, access to FS Road 172-C and Jones Creek boat ramp is temporarily closed.
  • Email [email protected] to report road issues or damage. You can also message us on Facebook @LBLNatlRecArea.

Special-Use Events

Special Use Events have permits that allow them to host their activities and events in Land Between the Lakes. For more information on Special Use Permits click here!  There are no special use events at this time. 


  • Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle Area is OPEN. 
  • North/South Trail:
    • Portions of the North/South Trail are closed due to tornado damage and ongoing recovery and timber salvage efforts. A detour on the northern end of the route has been established to promote visitor safety around these operations.
      Approximately 7.9 miles of the North/South Trail and 0.80 miles of the North/South-Ft. Henry Connector Trail on the southern end of the route are closed until further notice between South Welcome Station and FS Roads 221, 222, and 230. Barricades are placed on the trails 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.
  • Hillman Heritage Trail and North End Paved Trail:
    of the Hillman Heritage Trail and North End Paved Trai
    l are temporarily closed due to ongoing tornado timber salvage operations and to continue promoting visitor safety around these operations.
  • Fort Henry Trail:
    • Portions of the Ft. Henry trail system have been impacted by severe tornado damage. 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. 
  • 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 (along lakeshore). Water is available at Golden Pond Visitor Center and Land Between the Lakes dump stations.


If severe weather is forecasted for Land Between the Lakes, NOAA will update the following links: 

Wildlife Refuges

  • Wildlife Refuges are open March 16, 2023 – October 31, 2023.
  • From November 1, 2023 through March 15, 2024, 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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