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Land Between The Lakes Wildlife Refuge Closures

Land Between the Lakes - LBLGolden Pond, KY – On November 1st, 2014, Land Between The Lakes 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, 2015.

The wildlife refuge closures include portions of Duncan Bay, Smith Bay, and Rushing Bay on Kentucky Lake; Fulton and Honker Bays on Lake Barkley; the western one-third of Energy Lake; 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.

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

The refuge closures provide undisturbed resting and feeding areas for waterfowl, shorebirds, and eagles. Human activity must be minimized while migratory birds are present. Land Between The Lakes’ staff asks for public cooperation with refuge regulations designed to provide needed sanctuary.

Hematite Lake and Honker Lake, two inland bodies of water, also carry the November 1st to March 15th closure dates for fishing and boating. Trails around these two lakes remain open for hiking and wildlife viewing during the refuge period. 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 Land Between The Lakes facility, and waterfowl hunting is not permitted within 200 yards of a refuge boundary.

About Land Between the Lakes

Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area manages more than 170,000 acres in western Kentucky and Tennessee as part of the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Agriculture’s public lands program. Land Between The Lakes offers outdoor recreation, lake access, land management, and environmental education to over 1.4 million visitors annually. The Friends of Land Between The Lakes works in partnership with the Forest Service providing program services, funds development, and volunteer support.

To find more information about Land Between The Lakes, log on to the official website at www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call toll-free at 1.800.LBL.7077 or local at 270.924.2000.

For more information on the Friends of Land Between The Lakes, log on to www.friendsoflbl.org. To subscribe to the official electronic newsletter, send an email to . Land Between The Lakes official Twitter accounts include @LBLScreechOwl, @LBLNature, @LBLHomeplace, and @LandBtwnLakes.

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