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Land Between The Lakes Wildlife Refuges Re-open March 16

February 24, 2016 | press release from Land Between The Lakes

Wildlife refuges in Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area will re-open on Wednesday, March 16. Areas include Rushing Bay, Duncan Bay, Duncan Lake, Smith Bay, Fulton/Honker Bay, Honker Lake Refuge, Long Creek Waterfowl Refuge, and portions of Energy Lake. Hematite Lake will also open for bank fishing only.

"These areas are closed November 1 through March 15, primarily as waterfowl and eagle refuges. We appreciate public cooperation in protecting these important areas for wildlife," said Steve Bloemer, Wildlife Program Manager at Land Between The Lakes. "Most wintering eagles and waterfowl begin migrating back north by early to mid-March, allowing the refuges to be re-opened."

Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area manages more than 170,000 acres in western Kentucky and Tennessee as part of the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Agriculture's public lands program. Land Between The Lakes offers outdoor recreation, lake access, land management, and environmental education to over 1.4 million visitors annually. The Friends of Land Between The Lakes works in partnership with the Forest Service providing program services, funds development, and volunteer support.


Geese
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

These geese float gracefully on a warm autumn day. Honker Lake was actually named for the number of Giant and Interior Canadian geese it attracts.