Land Between the Lakes

The federal government has given final approval to an $8.5 million maintenance contract at the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

The U.S. Forest Service awarded South Carolina-based EnviroSmart the 5-year contract in August which prompted a protest by union workers contracted with Swift & Staley - the Kevil company which has conducted maintenance operations at the park since 2010.

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A pre-filed bill sponsored by State Representative Kenny Imes (R-Murray) seeks to give a financial boost to Kentucky State Parks by allowing private companies like restaurants and hotels to lease and develop state property.  

The 5th district republican wants to take existing law relating to private development of Kentucky State Fair Board property and expands it to land owned by the Kentucky Department of Parks.  Imes said he hopes the proposal will help Kentuckians see the big picture of the economic prospects that are going underutilized. 

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The impending winter storm has prompted Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area to close all facilities by 5 PM Thursday.  

All visitors will be asked to leave, including campers in backcountry areas. 

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Land Between The Lakes is taking reservations for the 2014 camping season starting this week. 

People wanting to camp between March 1 and 23 may make a reservation beginning tomorrow (Tuesday). For March 24 to April 14, reservations may be made starting Wednesday.

Starting Thursday, reservations may be made for the period from April 15 to May 11.

The U.S. Attorney General's office will soon decide whether to uphold a protest aimed at stalling a Land Between the Lakes maintenance contract won by a South Carolina-based company.

The U.S. Forest Service awarded EnviroSmart the contract in late August, over local company Swift & Staley, which has managed road, trail and facility maintenance along with environmental services for the last three and a half years.

LBL to Close Some Wildlife Refuges for Winter

Oct 28, 2013
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Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area is closing nine wildlife refuges for the winter starting next month.

The 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.

LBL to Reopen Friday after 2-Week Shutdown

Oct 17, 2013
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Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area will re-open Friday afternoon, after a 16-day shutdown that closed the park and furloughed employees.

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The Kentucky Department of Parks is urging nature lovers to make plans now for prime eagle-watching early next year.

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear needs more information to determine if funding the Commonwealth’s federal parks during the partial government shutdown is a feasible plan.

Autumn at LBL's Elk & Bison Prairie

Sep 5, 2013

As we move into fall it’s a good time to hear about the environment of the Elk & Bison Prairie and what the animals are doing now. We visit with Land Between the Lakes Wildlife Technician Curtis Fowler for an update on the animals in the preserve. The 700-acre enclosure is home to elk, bison, and several other animals with free-roaming access. Visitors can enjoy the area on a 3.5-mile loop road, with interpretive spots along the way to learn more about their ecosystem. Click here for more about the Elk & Bison Prairie.

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