Wildlife for Watching

The Land Between the Lakes National Recreation area www.landbetweenthelakes.us is a 170,000-acre slice of federal property that separates Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley and spills across the Kentucky-Tennessee border. It’s heavily wooded and mostly undeveloped (a few campgrounds; no commercial facilities). Residents include deer, turkey, squirrels, rabbits, a few quail, seasonable waterfowl and more. Hunting seasons do not exactly follow state regulations but there are plenty of hunting opportunities for most game species, although the elk and bison are off limits. IMG_8458

LBL has been home to a resident American bison herd for decades. A few years ago elk were added. The elk and bison now share a 700-acre fenced patch of land (the Elk and Bison Prairie) that has been replanted in native grasses. Access is by a one-way auto loop. It’s become one of LBL’s most popular attractions.


I drove through the prairie Monday afternoon. It’s usually a $5 per car fee but there was no charge in celebration of MLK Day.

The afternoon was sunny and in the 50s. Elk were out and so were the bison, both of which were apparently  undisturbed by the steady stream of traffic.

The Elk and Bison Prairie is a nice exhibit and well worth a visit. Now, if they’d just take down the fence.