The Original Kentucky Lake & Lake Barkley Site Since 1996


LBL Rules & Regulations

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Horseback Riding | OHV | Prairie | Biking | Camping | Fishing | Hiking | Hunting |

Horseback Riding Regulations

1. Proof of a current EIA test (Coggin's Test) for all horses and a current health certificate for all out-of -state horses is required.
2. Horseback riding is permitted along back country road and authorized trails.
3. Horses are prohibited from cemeteries, agricultural fields, and camping/day use trails.
4. Horses are restricted from hiking trails and the Trace except marked portions of the North/South Trail.
5. Wagons are required to have florescent triangles displayed. For night riding, front and rear are required.
6. Day users are required to us the Day-Use parking lot.
7. LBL gun deer hunts are held in Oct. and Nov. During that time horseback riding is restricted. Please call ahead to check hunt dates and areas that are open to horseback riding.
8. All campers with horses must camp at Wranglers Campground.
9. Campers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
10. Pets must be on a leash of 6 ft. or less and under physical control while in the campground.
11. Horse washing is allowed only at the horse wash stations.
12. After 10 p.m., no riding or wagon driving allowed in the campground.
13. Stallions must be kept in a stall or trailer at night.
14. State law prohibits public consumption of alcoholic beverages.
15. Fireworks are prohibited.
16. Make sure your horses are not tied so close to trees that they can chew the tree bark. Damage to trees is punishable by a maximum fine of $1,000.
17. Wildlife and plants are protected. Please do not feed the wildlife.
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Turkey Bay OHV

1. Riding passengers on OHVs not designed to carry passengers is prohibited. (36 CFR 261.55b)
2. Passengers are allowed in vehicles built to carry passengers by the manufacturer and the vehicle must contain the following: enclosed metal cab, roll bar protection, or seatbelts.
3. All users are required to wear DOT-approved motorcycle safety helmets while vehicles are in operation, except in vehicles with fully enclosed metal cabs and/or roll bar protection and seatbelts.
4. No person under age 16 may operate an ATV with an engine size exceeding 90cc displacement, and no person under age 12 may operate an ATV with an engine size exceeding 70cc displacement. (KY State Law 189.515)
5. Direct parental or adult supervision is required for all persons under the age of 16 years operating an off-highway vehicle. (KY Revised Statute 189.515)
6. OHVs are to be operated from sunrise to sunset only.
7. Users must remain within the boundaries of Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle Area. The lakeside boundary fluctuates with the summer and winter pool lake levels. The waters edge serves as the western boundary of Turkey Bay. Only "street legal" OHVs (as defined by KY statutes) may be operated on LBL roads outside Turkey Bay and then on LBL legal roads only.
8. Operators/passengers of motorized vehicles, except motorcycles, ATVs, and six wheelers, must use a fastened seatbelt while the vehicle is in use.
9. All off-highway vehicles must be registered with Land Between The Lakes before being used in Turkey Bay OHV Area. The permit sticker must be properly displayed on the registered vehicle at all times. When the gatehouse is staffed, permits may be obtained there. When the gatehouse is not staffed, riders must obtain a permit from the Golden Pond Visitor Center daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or at North and South Welcome Stations, March - November from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
10. A 15 mph speed limit will be enforced on the entrance road, camping, and unloading areas. Please use these areas for their designated use. No exhibition riding will be permitted.
11. All vehicles and operators must be in compliance with all state and federal laws.
12. OHVs must have properly functioning spark arresters and mufflers.
13. LBL is neither liable nor responsible for damage, loss, or theft of personal property or for injuries to visitors.
14. Litter laws are strictly enforced throughout all of LBL. Users are expected to use the trash receptacles or to remove any trash they bring in with them.
15. All users must enter and exit Turkey Bay by way of Road 167 off The Trace. All other accesses are prohibited.
16. Anyone under 18 years of age must have a parent or legal guardian's signature to ride.
17. Kentucky state law prohibits the public consumption of alcohol.
18. Operating a vehicle in a manner that damages, mutilates , or removes any natural feature or other property is prohibited (36 CFR 261.9 a and b). This includes mud bogging or mudding.
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Prairie Regulations

1. Elk and bison are wild animals and can be dangerous. They should not be approached. Visitors should remain inside or near their vehicles at all times.
2. The prairie is in a fragile state of renewal. It is prohibited to pick or remove anything from the prairie or to walk in the prairie.
3. No game calls are permitted.
4. Pets must be kept in your vehicle or on a leash at all times.
5. No motorcycles, bicycles, or horseback riding allowed in the prairie.
6. No hunting is permited in the prairie.
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Biking Regulations

1. Ride with consideration for the environment and other LBL users.
2. Stay on designated trails. Motor bikes are not allowed.
3. Mountain bikes are not allowed on hiking and horseback trails, except as designated.
4. During quota gun hunts, riding is restricted to numbered roads only. Riders must wear hunter orange during hunting seasons. Visit Hunt Dates for information on hunting seasons.
5. Helmets and protective eyewear should be worn.
6. It is recommended that mountain bikers leave an itinerary at any LBL Welcome Station before embarking on extended trips.
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Do I need a permit to camp in one of the developed campgrounds?
NO. If you are camping at Hillman Ferry, Wranglers, Piney, Energy Lake, Cravens Bay, Rushing Creek, Gatlin Point, Birmingham Ferry, Smith Bay, or Fenton, you must pay the posted camping fee.

How long can I stay in one of these campgrounds?
IT DEPENDS ON THE CAMPGROUND. If you are staying at Hillman Ferry, Wranglers, Piney, or Energy Lake, you may stay 21 consecutive days at one site. Then you must leave that site for a minimum of seven days before returning to it.

If you are staying at Cravens Bay, Rushing Creek, Gatlin Point, Birmingham Ferry, Smith Bay, Turkey Bay, or Fenton, you may stay 21 consecutive days. After the 21 consecutive days, you must leave and move at least one mile away from the campground. You may return to the campground after being gone for seven consecutive days.

Do I need camping permit if I want to camp somewhere other than a developed campground such as those listed above?
YES. If you are age 18 or older you must be in possession of a backcountry camping permit.

Does each person in my group need a camping permit?
YES. Each person in your group that is age 18 or older must have a backcountry camping permit. Campers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

How long can I stay in a backcountry campsite?
You may stay 14 consecutive days. After the 14 consecutive days, you must leave and move at least one mile in distance from that camp site and not return for a minimum of seven days.

Where can I camp?
Almost anywhere in LBL! There are only a few places that you may not camp overnight. Camping is not allowed in cemeteries; picnic areas; Brandon Spring Group Center; the Environmental Education Area; and within 200 yards of the Trace, Highway 68/80, Mulberry Flat, Silver Trail, and Fort Henry roads.

Just a few more things to remember:
* If you are planning an overnight trip, leave an itinerary at one of the Welcome Stations.
* You must properly dispose of gray and black water. It is illegal to dump waste waters on the ground.
* Follow the "Pack It In -- Pack It Out" credo. Help keep your public lands free of litter by packing out all your trash and properly disposing of it.
* You may have a campfire except during periods of high fire danger. Only dead or down materials may be used for fuel. You should attend your fire at all times and completely extinguish it before you leave the area.
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1. Anglers 16 and older in Kentucky and 13 and older in Tennessee must have a state fishing license. No LBL permit is required.
2. Bowfishing is permitted for nongame fish species along the LBL shoreline of Kentucky and Barkley Lakes and in Honker, Energy and Bards Lakes when open for fishing. State licenses are required.
3. Frog gigging is permitted by gig only (no firearms) along the LBL shoreline and in LBL interior ponds, Bards, Energy and Honker Lakes. State seasons and bag limits apply. Frog giggers must possess an LBL Hunter Use Permit; in Kentucky, a hunting or fishing license is also required. In Tennessee, a hunting license is also required.
4. Portions of some LBL bays will be closed through early summer to protect nesting bald eagles. Other LBL bays, ponds and interior lakes are closed to fishing at certain times of the year to protect wildlife. Closed areas are indicated by buoys and signs or can be obtained from LBL by requesting an Angling Information Guide.
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1. It is recommended that hikers register at an LBL Welcome Center.
2. Garbage -- "Pack It In -- Pack It Out."
3. Horses, motor vehicles, and mountain bikes are prohibited on hiking trails except for approved organized events and on designated segments of the North/South Trail.
4. Leave the plants and flowers for others to enjoy.
5. Overnight camping is permitted along the trails. See Back Country Camping for more guidelines.
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1. Hunting is permitted during approved hunting seasons only.
2. Hunters must possess a $20 Annual LBL Hunter Use Permit. Permits can be obtained from any LBL Welcome Facility or whereever KY & TN Hunting licenses are sold..
3. Hunters must also have applicable state hunting licenses and permits.
4. A Federal Migratory Waterfowl Stamp and state waterfowl stamps are needed for waterfowl hunting in addition to LBL and state licenses and permits.
5. Hunters must possess a hunter safety card according to state regulations, and all youth hunters must have attended a hunter safety course..
6. Portable tree stands and climbing devices that do not injure trees are permitted.
7. Licensed motorized vehicles are permitted only on roads which are marked by numbered signs and corresponding numbers on the LBL Recreation Map and MVUM. Other LBL roads are for administrative access or trails, but are not legal to drive on.
8. Unlicensed motorized vehicles, including four-wheelers, are allowed only in the Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area and require a permit.
9. Parking is permitted within one vehicle length of a legal road. Blocking access to any road or trail is prohibited. Rutting of fields is prohibited. Do not leave campfire rings (rocks) in fields.
10. Firearms possessed during legal hunting season by licensed hunters must be cased and unloaded (chamber and magazine) while being transported in a motorized vehicle.
11. Spotlighting or the use of any artificial lights to locate wildlife is prohibited at all times.
12. Hunting deer from horseback or hunting deer with the use of dogs is prohibited.
13. Paint, tape, flagging, or other artificial materials shall not be used to mark trees, trails, or routes.
14. No discharge of a firearm or other implement capable of taking animal life within 150 yards of any developed area.
15. The placement of bait or hunting over bait, including food or mineral substances, is prohibited on LBL.
16. Wildlife refuges are closed to all hunting year-round and closed to human entry during the refuge period.
17. Nature Watch Areas are closed to hunting unless otherwise indicated.
18. Hunters must not be under the influence of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances.
19. All applicable state and federal regulations must be observed.
20. To protect the future of hunting, hunters are encouraged to be sensitive and courteous to other visitors.
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