Land Between the Lakes is for…

Family Travelers

…looking for a bit more adventurous of a place to go this year where the kids can get up and close to lots of wild animals—and enjoy the lake to boot!


The cabin fever stricken who know they can’t fight it any longer. They put down the remote and hit a trail or learn some jaw-dropping facts about this region!


Discovery is more fun in groups: a few families, a school or church group, even a birthday party. More sets of eyes means you discover more!

Land Between the Lakes

100 Van Morgan Drive, Cadiz KY 42211   |   (800) 525-7077 

LBL is the hotspot for nature-loving families and wildlife enthusiasts

Check it out:

  • Elk & Bison Prairie allows you to get up close
  • Go back in time, to the settlers’ days, at Homeplace 1850s
  • Camping, ATVing, Canoe Tours throughout the land
  • Fun and Educational shows, even laser lights, at the Planetarium
  • Owls, snakes, turkeys, eagles and more wildlife at the Nature Station

Download the LBL Map with All The Various Attractions

Download the General Map of LBL

Your adventure-seeking, take-to-the-woods side is calling, but so are your kids.

Maybe you just have the weekend off. Maybe school’s out and you have a little more freedom. But you’ve been itching to get out of the house, out of town, and into something more exciting. You’ve been looking for a better family excursion, a bigger adventure in the great outdoors.

Land Between the Lakes, at 170,000 acres, is certainly bigger. So is the six-foot wingspan of the American Bald Eagle, a 700-pound bull elk, and a 2,000-pound bison. (Can you believe these things can hit 37mph?)

Barn Owl at LBL Nature Station

A barn owl you can see right up close—along with many other birds and animals—at Land Between the Lake’s Nature Station.

If you’re an avid hiker, biker, bird-watcher, or big-game enthusiast, your next weekend getaway just got huge.

Why not take the kids on safari?

Bring binoculars and a camera, not a gun, and catch the native herds of elk and bison as they graze in their protected, 700-acre preserve.

It may be turning cold in fall, but it’s the perfect time to catch harems of female elk watch as the bulls wrestle each other for dominance.

The clash of antlers and guttural bugling echoes through the nature preserve, and you watch it all from your car window.

The Woods are Open,
Even in the Winter

Winter is just as good—perhaps better’—considering the woods are more open. Without those leaves on every limb, you’ll simply be able to see more of the hulking bodies of elk and bison as they graze the forest floor for nuts leftover from fall.

Here’s another great experience: Take a Winter tour of the lake by van or boat and look for the bald eagle, whose numbers have climbed greatly since being reintroduced to the park.

You’re likely to fill entire memory cards getting perfect photo after perfect photo. You’ll not be disappointed with your birding adventure.

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Come spring and summer…

…enjoy the gentle sight of elk calves with their mothers, young bulls with fresh velvet on their antlers, and bulls grazing in solitude.

From midsummer to early fall, you’re likely to catch more entertainment from the usually sedentary bison—the rutting season causes the bulls to fight and wallow. A spectacle to be sure, but also a dangerous time to ignore park warnings.

But whatever you do, do not approach the animals.  Love does crazy things to a big game animal in rut.

An actual fuzzy antlered elk, eating and starring at the lens

Think this buck is from some National Geographic stock image collection? Guess again. This guy was out and about at Land Between the Lake’s Elk and Bison Prairie.

If you’re not having the best of luck catching these animals in their protected habitats,
there’s no shame in heading over to the Nature Station at Land Between the Lakes.

Kids, Moms, Dads, Grandpas and Grannies all gather ’round to watch one of the Vultures at the Nature Station feed on some raw chicken. Mmm.

This is One Classroom
The Kids Will Love

With 8,500 acres of classroom, the naturalists at the nature station can give you tips on the best locations to go animal viewing or set you up with one of their excellent tours.

Or, if you’re enticed by the beautiful facilities, you can stay for a whole day and enjoy up close visits with hawks, eagles, snakes, and bobcats.

So what happened after Colonial Williamsburg?

While at the Nature Station, you might be distracted by the distinct sound of braying mules, bleating sheep, or chisels being hammered.

It’s Homeplace 1850, with enough to keep a family occupied for generations, literally.

These images include scenes from some of the Nature Station and Homeplace 1850s.

Colonial Williamsburg is probably the most popular historical attraction in the nation.  But after all the civilization and refinement of the Eastern US… then what?

Well, people moved west!  You might too if you were promised a big ol’ plot of land! Homeplace 1850s is that pre-Civil-War-frontier period that was about hard work and turning solid forest into your family’s sustainable home.

When you visit the fully operational homestead site, you’ll get the opportunity to plant crops, shear sheep, and learn plenty of practical skills from the 19th century.

Kids can mold clay into a mug, make a few of those classic wooden toys, and even play long lost traditional field games with the other kids.  There’s hogs, log cabins, draft animals, and a part of yourself you never knew existed just waiting at Homeplace 1850.

So for…

  • Moms who are interested in avoiding their kids’ brains going to mush in the summer (yet still having fun)
  • A true family bonding experience, especially for fellow family members who love wildlife and animals (and to see them all up close)
  • Those ready to get that IMAX kind of experience at a fraction of the cost
  • Avid outdoors enthusiasts like Birdwatchers, campers, explorers, cyclists, and kayakers and canoers.

Head to Land Between the Lakes.

For its many outdoor activities, Land Between the Lakes is the perfect idea for an educational and fun family field trip.

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area

100 Van Morgan Drive, Cadiz KY 42211   |   (800) 525-7077