wkoutdoors b 300WESTERN KY (6/21/13) – 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:
 
Boating Safety
• 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.

Driving Safety
• 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 LBL’s Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM).
These roads are numbered. The map is located at http://www.lbl.org/mvum.html.
• 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 OHV Area.

Biking and Hiking Safety
• Be sure to carry sufficient water to keep hydrated.
• Know where you are and where you are going before you head out.
• 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.

Camping Safety
• 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 provide fireworks displays visible from many places at LBL.
 
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 unusual smoke that you see or smell.
 
More safety tips can be found on the U.S. Forest Service safety website at http://www.fs.fed.us/safety/ and at the U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Division http://www.uscgboating.org/default.aspx. Visitors can find information about tick safety on our fact sheet at http://www.lbl.org/documents/2012LBLTickFacts.pdf. Site and trail maps can be found at http://www.lbl.org/VCMaps.html.

WK Outdoors
Information provided by Regina Roby (LBL)
Visit the WK Outdoors website at www.wkoutdoors.com

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Longest Elementary Student Hold 'How-To Demonstrations'

MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (3/26/15) — During the February 4H meeting, the fourth graders at Longest Elementary held their… Read More

Muhlenberg Residents - Scam Warnings

MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (3/26/15) — During the week of March 23, 2015, the Muhlenberg County Sheriff’s office received… Read More

Most Read This Week

March 18, 2015 9490

UPDATE: Hanson Man Located in Henderson, Taken to…

by Trooper Stu Recke
March 25, 2015 5082

Fazoli's, Roses Coming to Madisonville

by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
March 24, 2015 4942

One Dies, Another Injured in Mortons Gap Traffic…

by Deputy Heath Owens
March 25, 2015 4870

Grand Jury Finds No Criminal Wrongdoing in Bean…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
March 27, 2015 4133

Three Arrested during Execution of Search…

by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
March 24, 2015 4078

UPDATE: One Injured in Hopkinsville Road Accident

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

February 25, 2015 13958

Multi-Agency Investigation Nets Large-Scale Meth…

by Trooper Stu Recke
March 09, 2015 13012

Multi-Agency Drug Bust Results in $1 Million Meth…

by KSP DESI

Stories Trending Today

March 27, 2015 4133

Three Arrested during Execution of Search…

by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
March 27, 2015 1662

MPD Searching for Man Accused of Nearly Running…

by Madisonville Police Department
March 26, 2015 1575

‘Chasing Rainbow’ Heart Walk Raises Funds for AHA

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
March 26, 2015 1500

Two Injured after Jumping from Second Floor to…

by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
March 26, 2015 1359

Baptist Health Honors Staff with Years of Service…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
March 26, 2015 1276

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - March 26,…

by Madisonville Police Department
March 26, 2015 1200

Hopkins District Court Fines Handed Down

by Hopkins Court Clerk
March 27, 2015 1144

Family Loses Possessions, Dog in Sugg Street Fire

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
March 26, 2015 1101

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

by Hopkins County Sheriff's Office
March 26, 2015 1006

Teams 'Dodge for the Cure' during Relay for Life…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News