Land Between the Lakes

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
LBL Forest Service

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

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

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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

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.

Land Between the Lakes officials are working to whittle down some of the national recreation area’s more than 470 miles of roadway. LBL Area Supervisor Tina Tilley says the U.S Forest Service’s 'minimum road system' program started in 2010 to ensure sustainability of the road system.

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Earlier this month, the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area welcomed its new area supervisor, Tina Tilley.  Tilley succeeds Bill Lisowsky, who retired at the end of 2012.  Todd Hatton paid

Former National Forest System Ranger Tina Tilley is Land Between the Lakes new Area Supervisor. Tilley replaces Bill Lisowsky who retired at the end of 2012.

Before coming to LBL, Tilley worked in the National Forest System as a district ranger in North Carolina. She has also worked as an information specialist at the Tonto National Forest in Arizona.

Chad Lampe speaks with Land Between the Lakes Association Volunteer Coordinator Emily Schmadeke about ways you can make a difference at LBL this summer, like volunteering for the Bobcat Island Cleanup or the Bugle Corp and how to adopt a trail. See more volunteer opportunities at the "Friends of LBL" website, or contact Emily at, or 270-924-2007.