The shorefront acreage around the Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area is blessed with several options for outdoor activity. Lake Barkley State Resort Park sits east of LBL on the dammed up Cumberland River. Mineral Mounds State Park boasts a golf course (and red foxes) further north. Kentucky Dam Village Resort is on the western side of the twin lakes, and tiny KenLake provides the southern vista of Kentucky Lake here in the bluegrass. What a breath-holding moment it was to get to that place from the eastern end of the state! You had to cross the Eggners Ferry Bridge on US 68/80, a narrow stretch erected before the advent of the modern SUV. Once across the span, you were then safely greeted by the warm and friendly confines of KenLake.
That short trip changed last week when a cargo ship hit the bridge and took out an entire span in the process. Road Closed.
To say the least, the entire LBL area needs your continued support right now, and especially KenLake State Resort Park. Established in 1948 as Aurora Landing, by 1955 it was considered the most modern park in the still young park system. It was the first state park to be built on a major reservoir, so when you think of the beauty of the Dale Hollow, Lake Cumberland, or Barren River Lake State Resort Parks, you have KenLake to thank for setting the early bar high over 50 years ago.
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I’m heading there this weekend, detour and all. And hope to see you there!
The old saying, “Mean as a wildcat” isn’t just a saying here in Western Kentucky, coon hunters and farmers alike find this statement to be true. This month in the month of January, In Hancock County, a coon hunter was out with his two dogs and heard what he thought were his dogs treeing a coon, minutes later, one of the dogs returned with his tail between his legs, while the other never return. The next morning the hunter went back out looking for his lost dog and found it mauled and dead. Suspecting a bobcat as the culprit, he set a trap and his suspicions were verified, trapping a 28 pound bobcat.
Here’s the picture of the cat.
Because of this increase of Bob Cats in Kentucky, The League of Kentucky Sportsmen have asked to
increase the hunting season of bobcats to go on into February, instead of closing in January.
Bob Cats are found in every county in Kentucky, but in Western Kentucky, especially in the counties of Breckenridge and Hancock, more bobcats were harvested than anywhere else. In Breckenridge County alone, 34 were hunted and 21 were trapped. This might have to do with this year’s report (2012 Fur Market report) Bobcat pelts were being sold for $572.21.
Bob Cats are one of the most elusive wild games of Kentucky and can be found throughout the great Commonwealth. Unlike a deer hunter who may get lucky his first time out, the hunter of bobcats has to outsmart an animal which is stealth, climbs a tree, and has the hearing and eye sight of an owl. If you bag a bobcat, you are a true hunter!
It is time again for the popular State Parks Family Adventure Quest. Teams of 2-6 will work to complete various challenges and answer questions throughout the State Parks system. This is a great way for families to discover our Parks and have a lot of fun while doing it. Each State Park has its own unique character and history, and this is a great way to explore the Parks and learn more about them. There will again be prizes this year for teams that complete a required number of challenges. 20 out of 25 will earn you a $25 State Parks Gift Card, while completing all 25 will net a $50 State Parks gift card.
While it may be called the Family Adventure Quest, it is also great for groups of friends and outdoor enthuasists. Visit the Family Adventure Quest website to see what other participants are saying & to get your team registered: http://www.parks.ky.gov/family-adventure-quest/default.aspx
So, it’s time to get your team rounded up, get out the camera and the hiking boots and take off on the 2012 Kentucky State Parks Family Adventure Quest!
Put yourself in my hiking boots for a minute. 158 hikes since April 2009. Yeah, we both read that right. Some places across the country, but most of it right here where the grass is blue and the horses are fast. How the heck am I supposed to narrow all those experiences down to just five? Or get west of the I-75 corridor?
Kentucky is not like West Virginia. There, the entire state is mountains until you get around Huntington. I mean it. In Kentucky, however, they evaporate into farmland about the time you get west of Somerset. Then the mountain fan that I am can get a little lonely wondering why the rest of the state isn’t as elevated with its landscape. Of course, we still have the lakes and rivers and forests that make the other two thirds a paradise still, but where’s the beef, er, elk? Still in that mountainous one-third.
And so, most all of my favorites are ultimately scattered about in Kentucky as noted, but my really favorite places are the mountain locales and especially those that feature a hemlock tree or a thousand.
For example, I left out the Daniel Boone National Forest and Big South Fork. I left out Pine Mountain. I left out Carter Caves and Greenbo. I left out Bernheim, Buckhorn, Kingdom Come, and Otter Creek. Natural Bridge (and Arch). Dale Hollow and Duke Cumberland’s Lake. And I left out my secret place, Shanty Hollow Lake along with several others, not to mention our nature preserves and such. Looks like the bucket is a little bigger than we thought. Next time, I’ll ask for an upsize in article space. For now, I’ll reach into my bucket and pull out an olive leaf of peace and beg forgiveness of my park manager friends and fellow hikers across the nation. I know better.
Kentucky as a whole is in the bucket, how about that?
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Off to an eagle tour on Kentucky Lake this weekend. If you have never taken part in this, there’s no better chance than now. Bald eagle populations are at an all time high in Kentucky, and you are pretty much guaranteed to get your money’s worth for a day on the water being inspired by our national symbol. For information on the tours, visit www.parks.ky.gov. Hope to see you there!
The last weekend in January is an exciting time to be at Carter Caves State Resort Park. This January 27-29 will be the popular Winter Adventure Weekend. The Winter Adventure Weekend is arguably the best time to visit the park all year. There are a host of activities that people can participate in: cave tours, rappels, guided hikes, float trips & a number of craft sessions and demonstrations.
This weekend is a great chance to get outside and stretch your legs during the winter months when most people stay bundled up indoors. All trips and workshops are led by knowledgeable guides with years of experience providing guided services. Those wanting to join in the fun need to pre-register to ensure their space on the trips. Registration information may be found at www.adventureweekend.com. Also, you will find tons more information about this exciting weekend, as well as pictures from previous years. Also, check out their facebook page where you can “like” the Winter Adventure Weekend & share with your friends. www.facebook.com/winteradventureweekend.
This will be one adventure you want to make sure you don’t miss out on. So, get your friends, family and fellow adventurers and plan to spend the weekend at Carter Caves State Resort Park.
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