Land Between the Lakes


Shoppers have been sifting through sales for hours now at area retailers, but shopping for Christmas gifts used to be much simpler 160 years ago. So, says Land Between the Lakes Special Events Coordinator Cindy Earls.  

“Children would expect Christmas morning in their stocking an orange which was a rare treat also some candy which was also a rare treat and then maybe a doll or a pocket knife or a brand new pair of socks or something very simple," said Earls

Visitors to Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area will be hiking and biking along a new scenic trail between Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake. The Central Hardwoods Scenic Trail runs east and west, parallel to U.S. 68/Kentucky 80.

Land Between the Lakes’ target range is closing down Wednesday mornings to clean up. The closure at the Golden Pond range is in effect until further notice. Recreation Program Manager Gary Hawkins said the range is popular with visitors, but workers need time to mow and pick up trash and leftover shells. Officials are asking the public to help out by disposing of litter and spent shells. LBL said the target range was updated in 2010 and is almost twice as long as before. The archery range will remain open.

The final chance to comment on budget cut suggestions at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area ends on Wednesday. For the past four months, LBL officials have sought public comment on how to cope with a nearly $850 thousand cut to the park maintenance budget. The park starts implementing some of the money-saving suggestions in August.

Extra Water Keeps LBL Animals Cool

Jul 30, 2012

Land Between the Lakes wildlife management workers say extra water is keeping their captive animals cool. LBL manages over 100 bison and around 35 elk, as well as numerous species at its Nature Station. Wildlife technician Curtis Fowler said so far the bison and elk are doing well in the heat

In April Land Between the Lakes officials announced the park’s federal maintenance budget had been reduced by 50 percent. The total loss amounted to about $800,000 for the park. Over the past few months, we’ve been following the efforts of local Forest Service officials as they try to determine how best to deal with the cuts. The process involved seeking public input at several meetings around the park, as well as an online questionnaire. Now, the public has a final chance to give their input to park administrators before they make the final decision on changes in August.

Open Fires Banned in LBL

Jun 29, 2012
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The Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area has banned open fires due to prolonged high heat and dry conditions in the region.  

An orphaned eaglet found in Land Between the Lakes is in Louisville for rehabilitation. 

Afternoon Update 5-8

May 8, 2012

From NPR: World oil prices have been falling recently — and that's good news for oil consumers such as the U.S., Europe and China, and a potential challenge for the big exporters like Saudi Arabia and Russia.

From the Four Rivers Region:

Afternoon Round-Up 4/25/12

Apr 25, 2012
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Today on NPR: The Supreme Court heard initial arguments on Arizona's immigration law and it seems like the Copper state is safe.


Jackson Purchase:

Elderly and Disabled Hopkins County residents can now opt out of firefighter dues permanently instead of notifying the county each year.