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LBL Wildlife Refuge Closures on Lakes

Land Between the LakesGolden Pond, KY – Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area will close nine wildlife refuges to human entry and all activities including, hunting, fishing, and boating beginning November 1st.

These closures provide undisturbed resting and feeding areas for waterfowl, shorebirds, and eagles.  To serve this purpose, human activity must be minimized while migratory birds are present. LBL staff asks for public cooperation with refuge regulations designed to provide needed sanctuary.

The wildlife refuges include portions of Duncan Bay, Smith Bay, and Rushing Bay on Kentucky Lake; Fulton and Honker Bays on Lake Barkley; and Long Creek Refuge at the back of Elbow Bay. These areas are marked with buoys or signs. Entry is prohibited from November 1st to March 15th. 

Hematite Lake and Honker Lake, two inland bodies of water, also carry the November 1st to March 15th closure dates for fishing and boating, but the hiking trails around these two lakes remain open to hikers during the refuge period. The western one-third of Energy Lake is closed as a refuge from November 1st to March 15th. All of Energy Lake and Bards Lake are closed to hunting; however, the eastern two-thirds of Energy Lake and all of Bards Lake remain open to fishing.

Hunters should be aware that no hunting is permitted within 150 yards of any LBL facility. 

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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