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National Public Lands Day

Land Between the LakesGolden Pond, KY – Saturday, September 25, Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area will be waiving fees at participating day-use facilities in honor of National Public Lands Day (NPLD). 

General admission to The Homeplace (HP), Woodlands Nature Station (NS), Elk & Bison Prairie, and the Golden Pond Planetarium (GPP) show at 1:00pm will be free. Wranglers Campground will also be waiving day-use riding fees. Visitors can also pick up a coupon at NS, HP, or GPP for a “buy one, get one free” return visit for ages 13 and up.  The return visit coupon, which expires November 30th, 2010, will be good for a future one-time admission to either NS or HP (does not include special events).

In addition to waiving fees, LBL will also be unveiling a new gatehouse and shower building at Energy Lake Campground. Take a leisurely drive on the newly paved road leading to Energy Lake Campground (Rd 134) to check out the recent improvements.  While you are out and about, be sure to visit our new and drastically improved Golden Pond Target Range along US68/KY80. Along with the improvements, reservations are no longer required to use the Range.

LBL will join other National Forests and National Parks across the United States in participating in our nation’s largest one-day volunteer event for public lands. There will be opportunities for volunteers to participate in a shoreline clean-up or a trail maintenance project. 

It is recommended, but not necessary, to call to register for volunteer work early.  Registrations should be made by September 24th, especially larger groups. There will be three events taking place that day.  The first event is from 8:30am-4:00pm:  a trail project on the North/South Trail, meeting at Grey’s Cemetery on Rd 130. Two events are from 9:00am-3:30pm: a shoreline clean-up with check-in at Nature Station, and a canoe/kayak cleanup with check-in at Neville Bay. Volunteers should bring a lunch and dress for outdoor work. For more information on these projects, check out www.friendsoflbl.org.

“National Public Lands Day is an inspiring way to celebrate public lands and give back to our favorite places,” said Emily Schmadeke, Volunteer Coordinator for “Friends of LBL.”  “We appreciate our awesome volunteers who donate their time throughout the year to make LBL a cleaner, safer, and more enjoyable place for everyone.”

“This is a great opportunity for families, and especially groups, who want to demonstrate their appreciation for the environment,” said John Rufli, “Friends of LBL” Executive Director. “It’s a great tradition to start for families or groups that gives you the satisfaction of making a contribution to your community.”

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 www.lbl.org 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 and “Friends of LBL” information is also available on our website or by calling 1-800-LBL-7077 or 270-924-2000.


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