GOLDEN POND, KY: In preparation for one of the most popular holidays at Land Between The Lakes (LBL), Forest Service Law Enforcement Officers are offering their annual list of safe habits to follow while visiting the National Recreation Area and area State Resort Parks.
“We want everyone to have fun while they are here,” explains Forest Service Law Enforcement Patrol Captain, Duane Cameron, “and often times practicing safe habits can make all the difference in the world.”
Cameron asks visitors to keep the following safety tips in mind while enjoying the great outdoors this summer:
- Do not drink alcohol and operate a boat.
- Be courteous at all times, especially around boat ramps.
- Be aware of your surroundings. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, driver inattention is the number one cause of boating accidents and deaths.
- Ventilate the inboard motors before starting the engine
- Engage your car’s emergency brake when pulling out or lowering your boat into the water.
- Be responsible for the safety of your riders; ensure availability of life jackets for each and keep within legal weight limits.
- Do not drink and drive.
- Do not text and drive.
- Be courteous. Share the road with bicycle and motorcycle riders.
- Watch out for wildlife, especially deer, feeding along the highways.
- Watch for hikers, horse riders, and mountain bikers that cross the roadways.
- Stay on designated roads as identified in the Land Between The Lakes Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM).These roads are numbered. http://www.landbetweenthelakes.us/visit/maps/
- Keep a map with you to guide you through the numbered backcountry roads.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Heavy rains may wash out sections of creek crossings or roadways.
- Off-road vehicles are restricted to Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle Area.
Biking and Hiking Safety
- Be sure to carry sufficient water to keep hydrated. Do not rely on springs.
- Plan ahead and inform a responsible person of your route.
- Carry a map and a compass or a global positioning system (GPS) unit with you.
- Cell phones may not work in all areas.
- Use tick, chigger, and mosquito repellant.
- Before setting up your camping site, look to see if any tree limbs may be ready to fall in strong winds and adjust accordingly.
- Be aware of the high 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 around the fire ring. Make sure your campfire ashes are cold before leaving them unattended. Keep a bucket of water and a shovel nearby. Remember, only you can prevent wildfires. http://www.smokeybear.com/campfire-safety.asp
Fireworks are prohibited in Land Between The Lakes. Neighboring State Resort Parks and private resorts provide fireworks displays, some visible from Land Between The Lakes, http://www.landbetweenthelakes.us/fireworks-near-land-between-the-lakes/.
Forest Service Law Enforcement Officers are on duty to help keep Land Between The Lakes a safe place to visit. In case of emergency, dial 911 or 877-861-2457 for 24-hour dispatch. Visitors are asked to immediately report any criminal activity and unusual smoke they see or smell.
The Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, manages Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area in partnership with Friends of Land Between The Lakes in Western Kentucky and Tennessee. The National Recreation Area provides environmental education, outdoor recreation, lake access, and land management for the public to enjoy. Visitors are encouraged to review the official website atwww.landbetweenthelakes.us or call 800-LBL-7077 or 270-924-2000 for event listings, updates on programs and policies, safety information, maps, temporary trail and road closures, and more.