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LBL’s Turkey Bay OHV Area Offers ATV Training


Land Between the LakesGolden Pond, KY – Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area, at Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area, is offering training for All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) riders to help them learn the skills necessary to ride safe while having fun.  Users will learn valuable lessons about protecting themselves and respecting the outdoors while riding.

Professionals from the ATV Safety Institute have returned this year to host several ATV safety training courses at LBL throughout 2010. “This training provides a good foundation for people wanting to learn proper riding techniques, build riding confidence, and gain an increased sense of awareness out on the trails,” stated Kyle Varel, Assistant Manager at Turkey Bay. “Topics include correct riding posture, turning safely, and even how to properly tackle obstacles.”  Varel said all ATV riders, or members of the household who are the original owners of their ATVs, are invited to attend the training courses. 

The next course offered is scheduled for Saturday, October 23rd, at 8:00am and 12:00pm. Participants must arrive one-half hour early (7:30 and 11:30am) to prepare for the course. Each course should last approximately four hours. This will be the final class offered in 2010.  All participants are required to wear boots, long sleeve shirt and pants, and a helmet.  In the event of inclement weather, training may be cancelled; therefore, we recommend participants “Call Before You Haul” at 270-924-2000, or visit our website at, then clicking on “Alerts & Notices” or “Plan Your Visit” for up-to-date information. 

Pre-scheduling is encouraged; however, walk-ins, as well as guests of scheduled students, are encouraged to take part.  To pre-schedule, or if you have additional ATV Safety Course questions contact Connie Hathorn at 270-753-1902. You may also visit for more information. 

About Land Between The Lakes

Land Between The Lakes is managed by the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, in partnership with “Friends of LBL,” to provide public lands outdoor recreation and environmental education.  We encourage visitors to review our website at each season, and throughout the season, for our Calendar of Events, updates on programs and policies, safety information, and temporary trail and road closures.  Additional LBL information is also available on our website or by calling 1-800-LBL-7077 or 270-924-2000.  You can find out more about “Friends of LBL” at


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