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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Soldiers From Fort Campbell Assist in Clean-up at Cleo Griffin House

Soldiers From Fort Campbell Assist in Clean-up at Cleo Griffin House

Soldiers from Alpha Company, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion came out to the Land Between the Lakes for a very special mission. They helped the Heritage program begin a project to safeguard and preserve the house formerly occupied by Cleo Sanford Griffin. Griffin was a veteran of World War II and, according to locals, may have suffered from PTSD. He was in the Battle of Monte Cassino which began in January 1944 and didn’t end until May of that year. Allied casualties were in excess of 55,000. So it would be understandable if Griffin did, indeed, suffer PTSD as a result.…
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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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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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Another Step Toward Sustainable Recreation

Another Step Toward Sustainable Recreation

Dear Friends, Over the course of many years and with public involvement, we have temporarily closed a few facilities to help make Land Between the Lakes more financially sustainable. These temporary closures were part of the 2012 Budget Reduction meetings, where you helped the Forest Service develop a plan to deal with reductions in the budget. This is one more step toward sustainable recreation. So what does this mean? In several locations, structures and unused wells still exist. This adds $730,000 to our deferred maintenance backlog. Removal of the remaining structures will begin soon and will help to provide safer…
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Expected crowds delay opening of Elk and Bison Prairie on eclipse day

Expected crowds delay opening of Elk and Bison Prairie on eclipse day

What we said... Yes, we said the Elk & Bison Prairie would be open for viewing on eclipse day, Monday, August 21, 2017. A year ago, this sounded like a good idea. Due to the increased estimation of how many people will be here, we had to rethink this. Public safety is the key.... The Elk & Bison Prairie will open at 3pm on eclipse day. Here’s why… No restrooms or a public source of water. Designed only as a drive-thru, the prairie is not appropriate for all-day visitors, who must stay within ten feet of their vehicles at all…
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