LBL refuges to reopen in March

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area says wildlife refuges that have been closed since Nov. 1 will reopen about mid-month next month. 

LBL says the areas reopening 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.

LBL Wildlife Program Manager Steve Bloemer says the areas were closed mainly as waterfowl and eagle refuges. 

"We appreciate public cooperation in protecting these important areas for wildlife,” Bloemer said. “Most wintering eagles and waterfowl begin migrating back north by early to mid-March, allowing the refuges to be reopened.” 

To find more information about Land Between The Lakes, log on to the official website at or call toll-free at 1-800-LBL-7077 or local at 270-924-2000. 

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