ROAD CLOSURES ~ The following roads will soon be temporarily closed or restricted to the public:
12-10-13 ROAD UPDATE ~ The portion of 108 Road spanning Willow Bay will be closed for road repairs starting December 16, 2013. Access to Demumbers Bay Area and Boat Launch will be available via FS Road 109. A detour route will be signed.
11-22-13 ROAD UPDATE ~ The Federal Highway Administration is managing the contract, and funding the repairs of three damaged Forest Service roads in Land Between The Lakes. Damaged culverts on FS Road 108 and FS Road 134, plus the bridge replacement on FS Road 130 will be under construction. Signs will be in place when work begins. Please use caution when driving these areas.
Work will start soon on Road 108. A portion of this road, about 1 mile east of Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway, will be closed. Visitors can access Demumbers Bay area, by using FS Road 109.
Soon, with very little or no advance warning, the portion of FS Road 134 north of Energy Lake and south of Mulberry Flat Road will be closed for repairs. Visitors will use Woodlands Trace as a detour route.
Also, with very little or no advance warning, work will begin on FS Road 130 bridge. Heavy equipment will be operating. A bridge bypass low water creek crossing is available for use during low water conditions. Visitors should be cautious when using the low water creek crossing and only cross when water is low enough and slow enough for safe use. The Federal Highway Administration currently anticipates this work to continue until at least mid-April 2014, and indicates an extension to this time period will be available to the contractor if weather conditions have delayed progress.
Road 350/Block House Road ~ Road remains closed.
PRESCRIBED FIRE INFORMATION ~ In the fall of 2013 and spring of 2014, prescribed burns may be conducted in portions of Hunt Areas 1, 7, 8, 11, 12, and 13 on certain days. Please click HERE to see a map of these areas. Prescribed fires are planned ignitions that occur under very specific conditions. Prior to a prescribed burn, roads in the burn area will be barricaded and are monitored for smoke issues. Officials in local communities, near areas to be burned, will be contacted before the burn takes place. Prescribed fires improve overall wildlife habitat diversity and helps promote many native tree and plants such as oaks, hickories, forbs, and wildflowers. For more information about LBL's prescribed fire program, please click HERE.
TRAIL UPDATE ~ Click HERE for updates on Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle, Hiking, Biking, and Horse Trails.
LBL SAFETY INFORMATION ~ Click HERE for important Safety Information.
TICK INFORMATION ~ Click HERE for important information on ticks in LBL.
LBL WEATHER CONDITIONS ~ Click HERE for LBL weather forecast before planning your outdoor activities.
TRANSPORTATION ANALYSIS PROCESS ~ Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area hosted three informational public meetings to discuss their road system in the following gateway communities:
July 16, 2013 at Lake Barkley State Resort Park Convention Center, 3500 State Park Road, Cadiz, KY 42211
July 26, 2013 at Stewart County Visitor Center, 117 Visitor Center Lane, Dover, TN 37058
July 30, 2013 at Grand Rivers Senior/Community Center, 155 W. Cumberland Avenue, Grand Rivers, KY 42045
Nationally, the USDA Forest Service is required to identify National Forest System roads no longer needed to meet forest resource management objectives. Transportation Analysis Process (TAP) provides a critical first step towards the development of proposed actions towards the future “minimum road system.”
Approximately 65 miles of the 475 miles of existing LBL roads will be evaluated. Any road which accesses a cemetery or is maintained by state of Kentucky or Tennessee will not be changed by this process. LBL management requests the public come to these meetings to learn about the process and discuss what roads are most important to them.
“Land Between The Lakes has a tradition of going to the public for ideas and direction. I want to continue this tradition and reach out to the public for this initial stage of our road analysis; even though this initial process does not require public input,” says Tina Tilley, new Land Between The Lakes Area Supervisor. This exercise will help to establish what roads exist now, what is needed for access, and what is affordable in the future. The knowledge gained from these meetings will be incorporated into a final Transportation Analysis Report. Before any decisions are made in the future, the public will be asked for additional comments.
For more information please click on the Map and Key Messages links below:
LBL RULES AND CLOSURE ORDERS ~ An important part of planning a trip to Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area is to know the Rules & Regulations (pdf). In order to ensure the health and safety of visitors now and in the future, we ask that you follow these guidelines to protect the natural environment. Supervisor Orders are posted on this website, posted on bulletin boards or located in the supervisor's office.
DON'T MOVE FIREWOOD ~ Protect our National Forests from Invasive Insects and Diseases
• Leave firewood at home – do not transport it to campgrounds. Use firewood from local sources.
• If you have moved firewood, burn all of it before leaving your campsite. For more information about invasive species and risks associated with firewood movement, click HERE.