Camping in the Land Between the Lakes, Kentucky
U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officers provide their annual list of safe habits below for visitors to follow while having fun this summer. Always keep safety in the front of your mind whether you’re at home or on vacation.
Forest Service, State, and local Law Enforcement Officers patrol Land Between The Lakes. In case of emergency, dial 911 or 877-861-2457 for 24-hour dispatch. Law Enforcement asks that visitors immediately report any criminal or suspicious activity.
- Avoid alcohol prior to operating a watercraft.
- Be courteous at all times, especially around boat ramps.
- Be aware of surroundings. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, driver inattention is the number one cause of boating accidents and deaths.
- Ventilate inboard motors before starting the engine.
- Engage the tow vehicle’s emergency brake when pulling a boat out of, or lowering a boat into, the water.
- Be responsible for the safety of all riders; ensure availability of life jackets for all, and keep within legal weight limits.
- Avoid drinking and driving.
- Refrain from texting and operating a motor vehicle.
- Be courteous. Share the road with bicycle and motorcycle riders.
- Watch out for wildlife, especially deer foraging along the highways.
- Watch for hikers, horse riders, and mountain bikers crossing roadways.
- Stay on designated roads as identified in the Land Between The Lakes Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM). www.landbetweenthelakes.us/visit/maps/.
- Keep a map with you to guide you through numbered backcountry roads.
- Be aware of surroundings. Heavy rains may wash out sections of creek crossings or roadways.
- Only off-road on designated trails within Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle Area.
Biking and Hiking Safety
- Carry sufficient water to keep hydrated. Do not rely on springs.
- Plan ahead and inform a responsible person of your route.
- Bring a map and a compass, or a global positioning system (GPS) unit. Cell phone coverage lapses often on the National Recreation Area. The Forest Service provides maps for free at www.landbetweenthelakes.us/visit/maps/.
- Use tick, chigger, and mosquito repellant.
- Look to see if any tree limbs could fall in strong winds prior to setting a campsite.
- Be aware of elevated fire danger associated with hot, dry weather.
- Be courteous to other campers. Honor quiet hours from 11pm to 6am.
- Be cautious around campfires. Remove any debris near the fire ring. Ensure campfire ashes have cooled before leaving them unattended. Keep a bucket of water and a shovel nearby. Remember, only you can prevent wildfires! www.smokeybear.com/campfire-safety.asp.
They also remind the public that neighboring state parks and private resorts provide fireworks displays, some visible from Land Between The Lakes. Use of fireworks on the National Recreation Area is prohibited.
For more safety tips visit www.fs.fed.us/safety/. The U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Division provides information at www.uscgboating.org/recreational-boaters/index.php?m=rb. For a tick safety fact sheet visit www.landbetweenthelakes.us/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/2012LBLTickFacts.pdf. For general campground and trail maps, see www.landbetweenthelakes.us/visit/maps/.
To find more information about Land Between The Lakes, log on to the official website atwww.landbetweenthelakes.us or call 1-800-LBL-7077 or 270-924-2000.
Tobias Armstrong says
Boating safety is one of those things that I feel like is good to refresh every summer before you get out on the water again. Remembering things like ventilating the inboard motor is something that doesn’t take a lot of time, but can save a lot of headaches in the future. Like you said, I think keeping safety in the front of your mind is a great way to, well, stay safe. Thanks for the great reminders!
Joi Sigers says
Thanks for the comment, Tobias – we all use reminders, that’s for sure. Sometimes it’s easy to become too complacent and when safety’s on the line, that could be awfully dangerous!