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The Elk & Bison Prairie

Elk at Land Between The Lakes

An elk bellows at the Elk & Bison Prairie at Land Between The Lakes. Photo by Melodie Cunningham, 2013 LBL Photo Contest Winner.

First opened to the public in 1996, the Elk & Bison Prairie at Land Between The Lakes represents a restoration of a native habitat that was lost more than a century ago.  While elk and bison roam this 700-acre area freely, it also home to numerous other wildlife species which thrive in the prairie, such as wild turkeys, a variety of birds, small game, and prairie mammals.

The prairie features three interpretive stops along its 3.5-mile loop road, offering visitors the opportunity to learn even more about the prairie ecosystem.  Motorcycles, bicycles, equestrian travel, and persons traveling on foot are prohibited from entering the prairie, which is located north of the Golden Pond Visitor Center on the Trace in LBL.

The Elk & Bison is open from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year.  The fee to enter is $5 per car (Entry cards can be purchased at the prairie or at any LBL facility. Credit cards are accepted.).  For commercial buses or vans, the entry fee is 50 cents per person, which must be paid at the Golden Pond Visitor Center.  A schedule of van tours and more information is available at

The Elk & Bison Prairie
SEASON  365 Days
HOURS  Dusk till Dawn
ADMISSION  $5.00 per car.  Click for commercial bus/van rates.
GPS  N 36 47' 23.16" / W 88 03' 13.0"  {Map It!}
LOCATION  0.8 miles north of the Visitor Center on the Trace.

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Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, and Land Between The Lakes offer a unique vacation experience for everyone! Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley collectively is the largest body of water between the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico. Here you can enjoy fishing, boating, hunting, eating at great restaurants, and experiencing the numerous attractions of the Land Between The Lakes. The region is located just eight hours from Chicago, three hours from St. Louis and six hours west of the Smoky Mountains.