Wildlife closures at Land Between the Lakes start Nov. 1

Nine wildlife refuges at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area will be off limits to humans starting Nov. 1, LBL announced Thursday.

The refuges will be closed to activities including hunting, fishing and boating. The areas — include portions of Duncan Bay, Smith Bay, and Rushing Bay on Kentucky Lake; Fulton and Honker Bays on Lake Barkley; the western one-third of Energy Lake; and Long Creek Refuge at the back of Elbow Bay — will stay closed through March 15.

The closed areas will be marked with buoys or signs. 

LBL says the refuge closures provide undisturbed resting and feeding areas for waterfowl, shorebirds, and eagles, and "human activity must be minimized while migratory birds are present."

The national recreation area says Hematite Lake and Honker Lake will also be closed for fishing and boating from Nov. 1 to March 15. Trails around those two lakes will stay open for hiking and wildlife viewing.

LBL says all of Energy Lake and Bards Lake are closed to hunting, but the eastern two-thirds of Energy Lake and all of Bards Lake will stay open to fishing.

LBL says hunters should be aware that no hunting is permitted within 150 yards of any Land Between The Lakes facility, and waterfowl hunting is not permitted within 200 yards of a refuge boundary.

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