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LBL Wildlife Refuge Closures on Lakes

Land Between the Lakes - LBLGolden Pond, KY – On November 1st, 2013, Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area will close nine wildlife refuges to human entry and all activities including, hunting, fishing, and boating. These areas will remain closed through March 15th, 2014.

The refuge 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.

LBL's Energy Lake Area. (Land Between the Lakes)
LBL’s Energy Lake Area. (Land Between the Lakes)

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. The hiking trails around these two lakes remain open for hiking and wildlife viewing 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, and waterfowl hunting is not permitted within 200 yards of a refuge boundary.

Come Outside and Play at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. Managed by the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Land Between The Lakes provides outdoor recreation, lake access, and environmental education for the public to enjoy.

Visitors are encouraged to review the official website at www.lbl.org often for Calendar of Events, updates on programs and policies, safety information, maps, temporary trail and road closures, and more, or call 800.LBL.7077 or 270.924.2000.

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