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Drag Boat Races Return to Pisgah Bay at Land Between The Lakes

May 18, 2016 | press release from Land Between The Lakes

Drag Boat RacersThe Kentucky Drag Boat Association returns to Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area to host drag boat races this summer. Races take place in Pisgah Bay on Kentucky Lake June 4-5, July 2-3, and August 6-7 in 2016.

"The Kentucky Drag Boat Association summer races provide heart-pounding fun," says Gary Hawkins, Recreation Program Specialist at Land Between The Lakes. "It’s a great event for spectators and racers! These races add an exciting, high-speed element to all the other great outdoor recreation events around the region."

The drag boat races feature blown-alcohol boats, modified jet skis, hydros and jet-powered boats, and flat-bottom racers skimming the water at speeds exceeding 150 mph.

Races run from 10am to 5pm, depending on weather and number of participants. Organizers hold time trials on Saturday and final races on Sunday. Spectators may park and watch the races at Birmingham Ferry Backcountry Area.

Campsites 24-30 at Birmingham Ferry Backcountry Area will remain closed for the weekend before each set of races beginning on Thursdays of those weeks. Birmingham Ferry boat ramp will close Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to accommodate the races.

The Kentucky Drag Boat Association collects a spectator fee of $5 per person; children under 12 are free. Spectators may bring lawn chairs or ground blankets to watch the races.

For more information contact the Kentucky Drag Boat Association at 800-732-0088 or visit www.kdba.net.

White Egret
Photo by Melodie Cunningham

Commonly mistaken for a heron, egrets can commonly be seen wading in shallow water near the lakes edge.