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LBL Trophy Buck is the Hunt of a Lifetime for Father and Son

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By LBL Communications Department [caption id="attachment_47471" align="alignleft" width="225"] From left: Jacob, Bobby (middle), and Luke with “Sasquatch”[/caption] An intensive, four-year pursuit of an elusive buck dubbed “Sasquatch” at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area (LBL) ended in celebratory tears, hugs, and shared joy between father and son. Like its namesake, glimpses of this 16-point deer were only captured in grainy photos. That was, until the 2021 Kentucky deer quota hunt at LBL. On that fateful November morning, Bobby Carnine and son, Jacob, both of Benton, Kentucky, had the hunt of a lifetime together, with Bobby describing it as “the greatest memory of my life.” This moment was decades in the making, as this father and son duo have been hunting public lands together for over 20 years. “The best…
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Land Between the Lakes 2021 Heritage Geocache Challenge: The Civil War in Stewart County

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2021 Stewart County Geocache Challenge Coin The Land Between the Lakes 2021 Heritage Geocache Challenge: The Civil War in Stewart CountyThe Heritage Geocache Challenge begins Wednesday, April 21st, 2021 at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation AreaThe annual Heritage Geocache Challenge is put on by the Heritage Program at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area as part of our outreach to the public, to get people to explore their forest and their history, and to share the unique heritage of the families from Between the Rivers.About the GeocachesThis is the sixth year of the Heritage Geocache Challenge at the Land Between the Lakes and, like in previous years, we like people to learn about the histories and events that took place between the rivers. In each watertight box is…
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Land Between the Lakes 2020 Geocache Challenge: Trigg County Bicentennial

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The Land Between the Lakes 2020 Heritage Geocache Challenge: Trigg County Bicentennial Begins Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area [caption id="attachment_44867" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Trigg County Bicentennial Challenge Coin[/caption] The annual Heritage Geocache Challenge is put on by the Heritage Program at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area as part of our outreach to the public, to get people to explore their forest and their history, and to share the unique heritage of the families from Between the Rivers. This year, there were two challenges. The first focused on the African American heritage of Lyon County Between the Rivers. The second challenge, beginning this week, focuses on the Bicentennial of Trigg County. About the GeocachesThis is the fifth year of the Heritage Geocache Challenge…
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Land Between the Lakes 2020 Geocache Challenge: African American Heritage of Lyon County Between the Rivers

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The annual Heritage Geocache Challenge put on by the Heritage Program at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area as part of our outreach to the public, to get people to explore their forest and their history, and to share the unique heritage of the families from Between the Rivers. This year, there will be two challenges. The first will focus on the African American heritage of Lyon County Between the Rivers. The second challenge will begin in the fall and focus on the Bicentennial of Trigg County. For the “Land Between the Lakes 2020 Heritage Geocache Challenge:  African American Heritage of Lyon County Between the Rivers”, there are 7 geocaches placed in Lyon County in Land Between the Lakes related to the African American Heritage of the area. If…
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Public Hearing Notice 4.23.2019

Trails
Under Public Law, 88-578, citizens are afforded the opportunity to express their views concerning the recreational needs of the community. To provide a forum for discussion, an open public meeting is being held on April 30, 2019, at 10:00 am at the US Forest Service Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area located at 100 Van Morgan Drive, Golden Pond, Kentucky 42211, sponsored by the US Forest Service Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area and the Pennyrile Area Development District. The specific purpose of the meeting is to discuss the development of a Recreational Trails Program and Land & Water Conservation Fund Application for the US Forest Service Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. Anyone with significant supporting or opposing view is invited to voice that opinion at…
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The Heritage of Land Between the Lakes’ Daffodils

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This time of year, the daffodils at Land Between the Lakes are gorgeous and profuse. They seem to pop up everywhere along roads and trails and even some more remote areas. They add color to a landscape just beginning to turn from winter to spring. Many visitors and staff enjoy taking pictures with them or just stopping to enjoy them on a hike or drive. What many visitors never stop to consider about our daffodils, however, is how they got there in the first place.[caption id="attachment_42305" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Daffodils found throughout history[/caption]Daffodils are not native to North America. They, like all Narcissus species originated in the forests of the Mediterranean and have been known since ancient times. The name Narcissus itself is a reference to a Greek myth about a…
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Soldiers From Fort Campbell Assist in Clean-up at Cleo Griffin House

Soldiers From Fort Campbell Assist in Clean-up at Cleo Griffin House

Heritage, History, Volunteer
Soldiers from Alpha Company, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion came out to the Land Between the Lakes for a very special mission. They helped the Heritage program begin a project to safeguard and preserve the house formerly occupied by Cleo Sanford Griffin. Griffin was a veteran of World War II and, according to locals, may have suffered from PTSD. He was in the Battle of Monte Cassino which began in January 1944 and didn’t end until May of that year. Allied casualties were in excess of 55,000. So it would be understandable if Griffin did, indeed, suffer PTSD as a result. In the mid-20th century and just after WWII, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was often referred to as “shell shock” because of the association with intense and constant bombardment and fighting…
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Building a New Home for Bobcat

Building a New Home for Bobcat

Nature Station
The Friends of Land Between the Lakes has launched a RedBasket.org online fundraising campaign to raise $35,000 for a new enclosure for the bobcat at the Woodlands Nature Station. The  website address to donate is https://redbasket.org/1699/back-the-bobcat-barrens. The site will be available for donations through August 16, 2018. Lead Naturalist John Pollpeter says “We hope all of our friends and regular visitors to the Woodlands Nature Station will take this opportunity to support this project with a financial donation. The existing enclosure was built in 1995. A new habitat will offer the bobcat a more natural and enriching space. The plan is to include more environmental features such as tall grass, boulders, rock shelves and hollow logs, which will lead to more exercise and shelter for our bobcat friend.” Friends of…
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Camping Adventure at Hillman Ferry Campground

Camping Adventure at Hillman Ferry Campground

Camping
It was a long week at work and all I wanted to do was get away and into the woods. Called my friend and we picked a location in between both of us. [caption id="attachment_41005" align="alignright" width="405"] Camping spot A62, with a beautiful view and close to the beach.[/caption] Hillman Ferry Campground in Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area was the perfect place. After some quick texts on who would be bringing what I set out for Hillman Ferry. I arrived and picked a great site located in Loop A right on the water, with a beautiful view of the bay that leads right out to the lake. Sitting next to the beach, just down the road from a boat ramp and equal distance between the bathrooms and the…
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Strutting through the Elk and Bison Prairie

Strutting through the Elk and Bison Prairie

Elk & Bison Prairie, Wildlife
Some folks seem to forget that the Elk and Bison Prairie is also home to lots of other wildlife. For example, this was a good morning to see wild turkeys, which happen to be in the mood for their spring breeding season.  This is the time where the male turkeys (gobblers) like to show off their prowess to the neighborhood females (hens) by fanning out their tail feathers and puffing out their body feathers and ‘strut’ to show off how handsome they are to the hens and how big and mean they look to other competing gobblers… kind of like a crude runway model. If a male is able to intimidate his competition into backing down, he is more likely to get to breed with the females nearby.  If another…
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