Alerts

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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.

Campgrounds & Developed Camping Areas 

  • Campgrounds and camping areas are open.

Facilities

  • Woodlands Nature Station will not have kayak and canoe rentals for the 2022 season. Scheduled canoe and kayak events will continue. 
  • Moss Creek Day Use Area is temporarily closed due to storm damage and hazard trees. 

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

  • While road clearing from recent storm damage has been completed, visitors should use caution on roads. There is still work being done to repair these roads, and there is still the potential that trees could fall. If you come in contact with downed trees please email [email protected] to report them. You can also message us on Facebook @LBLNatlRecArea.  

Trails

  • Turkey Bay OHV Area – OPEN
  • Hematite Trail- was affected by the tornado on April 13. The trail is open but visitors should use caution while hiking. 
  • 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.  
  • DETOUR for North/South Trail – A detour has been established to bypass sections of the North/South Trail that were severely damaged during the December 10, 2021 tornados. Approximately 2.5 miles of the North/South Trail will be closed indefinitely between FS Road 106 and points south of FS Road 110. Barricades are placed on the trail at these locations. The detour (approx. 2.6 miles) utilizes portions of FS Roads 106, 107, 110, and paved trails in the vicinity. Trail users should look for “detour” decals on white posts installed at intersections and follow the white diamonds between posts. On the attached map, the red line is the trail closure and the yellow line is the detour.
  • Portions of the North South Trail are closed due to storm damage. The trail is impassable from Road 106 to just south of Road 110 due to downed trees and damaged bridges. We will update hikers when a temporary re-route has been established.
  • Fort Henry Trail Map Change – The Fort Henry Trails Connector #1 will be closed until further notice after sustaining significant damage during the December 10, 2021.  Trail users should utilize Connector #2 (Boswell Landing) or Connector #3 (near FS Road 230) to access Pickett Loop Trail. 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. You would be putting yourself in extreme danger. 
  • 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. 
  • Beginning October 31, 2022, seasonal wildlife refuge closures will 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
      • 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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