Special Notice from Kentucky Fish and Wildlife–
Update on Asian Carp Die-offs in Kentucky and Barkley Lakes:
It appears that young Asian Carp are succumbing to stressors brought on by insufficient fat storage to get the fish through the winter and spring months. Young but large carp are likely most vulnerable to starvation after a warm winter because the fishes’ metabolism was elevated above that of a normal, colder winter.
Because of malnutrition, the fish eventually succumb to secondary stressors such as bacterial infections, which their immune systems would normally fight off. Thanks to our Fisheries biologists and partner the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for their diligent investigation.
Attractions and Events
2.2.17–Credit card payment option is not working at the Elk and Bison Prairie. Please use $5 cash or purchase a swipe card from Golden Pond Visitor Center.
4.28.17–No new updates
Campfire Safety Reminder
Land Between the Lakes reminds visitors to use extreme caution when building campfires, especially in backcountry. Please remove any debris around the fire ring, make sure campfire ashes are cold before leaving unattended, and keep a bucket of water and a shovel nearby. Remember, only you can prevent wildfires. www.smokeybear.com/campfire-safety.asp
Prescribed Fire Information
In Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 (November-April), We may conduct prescribed burns in portions of Hunt Area 6, 11, and 13. Fall-Spring 2016 Prescribed Fire Information
We plan prescribed fire ignition under very specific conditions. Prior to a prescribed burn, we barricade roads in the burn area and monitor for smoke issues. We contact officials in nearby communities before the burn takes place. Prescribed fires improve overall wildlife habitat diversity and helps promote many native trees and plants like our oaks, hickories, native grasses, and wildflowers. View more information about Land Between the Lakes’ prescribed fire program.
While driving, watch for deer along and crossing roads in the area.
Use tick repellent spray, before heading out in the woods. For more information: Tick Fact Sheet 2017.
- Forest Service Road 350 is temporarily closed for resource damage issues. It will remain closed until a long term solution can be determined to mitigate the serious resource impacts.
- Forest Service Road 174 at Bethlehem Cemetery, south to the intersection of Roads 357, 358,and 174 is closed. This is due to a culvert failure on Road 174 at Dawns Branch.
4.5.17— Due to a failed culvert a portion of road 112 is temporarily closed between roads 120 and 113.
- Culvert washout on Forest Service road 214 near Forest Service road 215 intersection in Tennessee. Road is passable but use caution. Washout is marked with barricades.
- Forest Service road 219 washed out just est of the intersection with Lone Pine Cemetery road.
11.17.16– All roads are open with temporary repairs except:
- Road 143 Closed | Road completely washed out
11.16.16–Use caution driving through construction activity around Eggner’s Ferry Bridge on US68/KY80 over Kentucky Lake and the Lawrence Memorial Bridge on US 68/KY 80 over Lake Barkley.
4.24.17–Turkey Bay is open. Always Call Before You Haul 800-525-7077 or 270-924-2000
7.14.16–Wranglers Horse Trails have some damage due to flooding and heavy rain. Wagons are advised to stay on legal roads only at this time. Many trails cannot accommodate wagons due to storm damage. For more trail information see www.landbetweenthelakes.us/seendo/trails/horse-trails/.
7.6.16–At least one bridge has been completely washed away on the North/South trail south of Pinnegar Cemetery near the back of Sugar Bay. Please utilize Forest Service roads 139, 318, and 140 to avoid this site. On-the-ground signage will be installed in the next few days directing trail users around the area and promptly as other storm-related trail impacts are discovered/reported.
6.2.16–A trail detour is being implemented on the Canal Loop Trail to address two deteriorating bridges. The detour is located near the intersection of KY Lake Scenic Drive (south end) and the Canal Loop. In the interim, trail users should follow the posted markers utilizing KY Lake Scenic Drive and C-Connector for Canal Loop access.
11.24.15–Backpacking permits have moved from Jenny Ridge Picnic Area to behind Golden Pond Visitor Center and from North Welcome Station parking lot to kiosks behind North Welcome Station.
10.21.15–Hematite Lake Trail Maintenance and Improvement information at http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/project_list.php?forest=110860.
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.
Don’t Move Firewood ~ Protect our National Forests from Invasive Insects and Diseases
- Leave firewood at home – do not bring it to campgrounds. Use firewood from local sources.
- If you have moved firewood, burn all of it before leaving your campsite.