Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area began its 2013 operations on Friday, March 1, by opening several popular visitor attractions.
The Homeplace, Woodlands Nature Station, and North & South Welcome Stations opened their doors, along with Energy Lake, Hillman Ferry and Piney Campgrounds. The Homeplace, Woodlands Nature Station, and North & South Welcome Stations will be open Wednesday through Sunday during March, then open seven days a week beginning April 1.
The Elk & Bison Prairie remains open from dawn until dusk every day, year-round. The Golden Pond Visitor Center and Planetarium, Wranglers Campground, and Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle Area remain open year-round as well.
New for 2013 at Land Between The Lakes is the opening of two new nature viewing sites within the Woodlands Nature Watch Area located east of the Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway, near Nature Station and Taylor Bay. “Empire Point and Bobcat Point are now available for wildlife viewing,” stated Darrin Samborski, Environment Education Specialist at LBL. “Both locations offer views of the water and the opportunity to get out and explore. Each season brings something different. You will find waterfowl and eagles in the winter, migratory songbirds from spring through fall, plus deer, turkey, and many other species that can be seen year-round. These areas are for day-use only and offer a “park and walk” experience, so bring your cameras and binoculars.”
Golden Pond Planetarium provides a full-dome viewing experience complete with state-of-the-art digital multimedia equipment. Shows are presented daily, for a complete show schedule, visit www.lbl.org or phone 924-2237.
Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area will re-open Rushing Bay, Duncan Bay, Duncan Lake, Smith Bay, Fulton/Honker Bay, Honker Lake Refuge, Long Creek Waterfowl Refuge, and portions of Energy Lake on March 16. Hematite Lake will also be open March 16 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, LBL’s Wildlife Program Manager. “The majority of wintering eagles and waterfowl will have begun migrating back north by early to mid-March, permitting the refuges to be re-opened.”
Friday, March 1 - Sunday, March 24
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Curing Pork in the Smokehouse
At The Homeplace - The smell of hickory will be in the air around The Homeplace for the month of March as the ladies will keep the green hickory wood working its magic in the smokehouse.
Sunday, March 10
1 p.m. - Burning the Plant Bed
At The Homeplace - Learn about this vital part of the crop cycle as we burn a plant bed in order to sow early spring crops. Weather Permitting.
2:15pm - Grossology
At the Nature Station - Come revel in the delightfully disgusting as we explore funky feeding habits, beastly bodily functions, and other abhorrent acts of nature. *Ideal for Home Educators
Saturday, March 16
9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-4 p.m. Nature Watch Series: Pelicans, Osprey, and Eagles Van Tour
Meet at Nature Station - Search for the best opportunities to see some of our most dramatic migrating birds. Cost is $7 adults/$5 children. Limited to 16 visitors. Reservations required, phone 924-2020. Dress for weather. Binoculars will be provided.
2 p.m. - Blacksmithing
At The Homeplace - Watch the blacksmith at work as he uses fire and iron to make useable objects for the farm.