Barren River Lake State Park invites pets to join owners in lodge and cottages

Are you ready for a vacation? But, don’t want to leave your pet behind?
Barren River Lake State Park, along with the remaining state resort parks, welcome pets.
Pet owners can bring pets into lodge rooms and cottages that have been designated for pets.
Pet owners must pay a $25 fee for each stay.
A limited number of rooms are available for pets at each park.
Upon check in, guests who select a pet-friendly room will receive a copy of the park pet policy and will be required to sign a waiver form verifying that they will comply with the policy.
All resort parks with cottages also have a limited number of pet-friendly cottages.
Pets may be brought into state park campgrounds as long as they are on a leash.
Most park trails allow pets on a leash. There are a few that do not because they are part of a state nature preserve. Please check in advance.
To make a reservation at Barren River Lake State Park for you and your pet, click Reservations.

Search continues on Barren River

UPDATE 8 p.m. Wednesday: The search continues for Melissa Trent, 39, of Bowling Green. No new details. 

UPDATE 8 p.m. Tuesday: The woman, who has been identified as Melissa Trent, 39, of Bowling Green, remains missing, according to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office. Divers from Butler County have joined the search for Trent. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.     

UPDATE 1 p.m. Tuesday: The search continues for a woman in the Barren River, near the Greencastle area. Units of the Barren County Dive Team, along with the Kentucky Division of Fish and Wildlife Resources, have joined the search led by the Warren County Search and Rescue Squad.
The man, who was able to get himself out of the water after their boat went over the Greencastle low-head dam, has been identified as Robert Lynn Lindsey, 47, of Bowling Green.

Warren County Search and Rescue crews searched through the night for a woman in the Barren River, near the Greencastle area.
The crews were called to the scene about 7 p.m. Monday, when a boat apparently went over the Greencastle low-head dam.
One  man was able to get himself out of the water, but a woman occupant of the boat is still being sought.
We will update this story as more information is known.

Scottsville 2014 Jacksonian Day activities

Scottsville’s 2014 Jacksonian Day activities are scheduled Thursday, April 24, through Saturday, April 26.
Spring Lights Dogwood Festival is set for Thursday, April 24, at the Scottsville Baptist Church, beginning at 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Scottsville Garden Club. musical performances by local talent and school choirs. For more information, call 270-618-3555.
Jacksonian Horse Show will be Friday, April 25, at the Allen County Saddle Club show ring on the Old Hartsville Road in Scottsville. The show begins at 7 p.m. There will be classes for walking, saddle and quarter horses. There will also be pleasure and running classes. Admission is $5. For more information, call 270-622-4968 or the Saddle Club at 270-622-2281. Rain date is Saturday, Apri 26.
Grandest Old Opry will at the Allen County-Scottsville High School auditorium on Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26, at 7 p.m. Local talent will pay tribute to some of country music’s greatest stars by performing their hits. Among those Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for children (ages 6-12), and children under age 6 get in free. For more information and a list of performers, contact the Scottsville-Allen County Chamber of Commerce at 270-237-4782.
Jacksonian Day Bass Tournament will be Saturday, April 26, from 6 a.m.- 2 p.m. on Barren River Lake. The tournament, sponsored by the Scottsville-Allen County Chamber of Commerce, will launch and return from the Port Oliver Recreation Area, next to the dam. Registration is $30 per person. The winner gets 100 percent payback of no less than $500. There will also be cash drawings and door prizes. For more information, call 270-606-0554.
A 5K Run and 1-mile Fun Run/Health Walk, sponsored by The Medical Center at Scottsville and the Core, is scheduled for Saturday, April 26. The race begins at 107 North Court Street. Registration on the day of the race is $25 for the 1 mile run/walk, $30 for the 5K run/walk. Registration is open 7:30-8:15 a.m. The 1 mile fun run/walk starts at 8:30 a.m. The 5K run/walk starts at 9:15 a.m. Each participant receives a goody bag and T-shirt. Trophies awarded to the top male and female finisher by age group in the 5K. For more information, contact The Core 270-237-5704.
Heritage Day will be Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., at the Allen County Historical Society Museum at 301 North Fourth St. The museum will be open for tours. The 2014 Heritage Day theme is the history of the county’s railroad system and how it effected Allen County. For more information or to contribute items for the exhibit, call the museum at 270-237-3026.
Jacksonian Street Fair  is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on the Square in Scottsville. It will include a variety of vendors and food and information booths. There will also be children’s games and rides. For more information, call Information: 270-237-4073, 270-237-5299, 270-622-5125.
Anything with Wheels Cruise In will be Saturday, April 26, beginning at 9 .m. at the Scottsville Baptist Church, just off the square. All vehicles are welcome. There is no entry fee, and it is free to the public. For more information, call 270-622-1713.
Spring Fling Demo Derby Saturday night, April 26, at 6 p.m. small cars, late models and derby for lawnmowers. Sponsored by Allen County Jaycees. Total prize purse of $6,000. Late model car entry fee is $40 with $2,500 payout for first place, $1,000 for second place, $500 for third place. Small car classes entry fee is $25. Will run heats. Payouts for class will be $1,000 for first place, $250 for second place, $100 for third place. Lawnmower division will be $500 for first, $250 for second, $100 for third, $50 for fourth. Admission is $10. Pit passes for an additional $5. For more information, call 270-237-1881, 270-606-1123.

Barren River Lake State Park Camper Appreciation Weekend April 25-27

The Barren River Lake State Park Campground will host Camper Appreciation  Weekend April 25-27.
Campers at the state park’s campground can stay two nights for the price of one during the weekend. For camping reservations, click Campground Reservations.
Saturday, April 26, the Louisville Astronomical Society will a program. At 3 p.m., there will be a solar observation, followed at 7 p.m. with an astronomy presentation, and at 8:30 p.m., there will be a River of Stars night observation.
Additonal activities for the weekend include a reptile program, nature hikes, and the making of tie dye T-shirts (for a cost).
All events are open to the public.
For more information, call Barren River Lake State Park at 270-646-2151.

 

Jacksonian Day Bass Tournament set for Saturday, April 26, on Barren River Lake

The annual Jacksonian Day Bass Tournament will be Saturday, April 26, from 6 a.m.- 2 p.m. on Barren River Lake. The tournament, sponsored by the Scottsville-Allen County Chamber of Commerce, will launch and return from the Port Oliver Recreation Area, next to the dam.
Registration is $30 per person. Pre-registration for boat numbers is through Saturday, April 19. After the early deadline, boaters must wait to draw boat numbers until Saturday, April 26, at 4:30 a.m., at Port Oliver.
Boats will leave Port Oliver at 6 a.m. and weigh-in will begin at 2 p.m.
There is a three fish, one-string and one big fish limit per boat.
The winner gets 100 percent payback of no less than $500. There will also be cash drawings and door prizes.
For more information, call John Meador at 270-606-0554.

Baileys Point, Walnut Creek campgrounds open this weekend

Baileys Point and Walnut Creek campgrounds open this weekend, April 18, for the season.
Bailey’s Point Campground is the largest of the Army Corps of Engineers’ campgrounds on Barren River Lake. It has 204 sites (150 standard electric, 53 standard nonelectric, 1 group shelter electric). For reservations, click Baileys Point Campground Reservations.
Walnut Creek Marina Campground is privately-owned. It has 66 sites (33 back-ins with water and electric, 33 grass). For reservations, call 270-618-5858.
The Narrows Campground and Tailwater Campground are scheduled to open May 1.
The Barren River Lake State Park Campground opened March 27.

Easter Sunrise Service scheduled for 6:30 at Barren River Lake State Park pavilion

An Easter Sunrise Service is scheduled for Easter at 6:30 a..m. at Barren River Lake State Park. The non-denominational service will be at the pavilion next to the tennis courts near the Louie B. Nunn Lodge. The service will include congregational singing and a short sermon. Dress is casual.
The park’s Driftwood Restaurant will be serving its regular breakfast buffet immediately following the service.

Barren River Lake State Park Golf Course Early Bird Special Monday-Wednesday

The Barren River Lake State Park Golf Course is offering an Early Bird Special.
Monday through Wednesday before 1 p.m. CT, golfers can play the 18-hole course for $22.95 with cart.
When making tee times, golfers must mention the Early Bird Special.
To make tee times, call 1-800-295-1876.
Also, ask about special overnight golf packages at the Louie B. Nunn Lodge.

White bass moving upstream to spawn

By Lee McClellan
Kentucky Afield Outdoors

It is now the first of April. If you asked most Kentuckians what it feels like weather wise, they would say it is the first of March.
The warm winds finally began to blow from the South earlier this week and brought the white bass upstream with them.
The spawning runs are finally here.
Water temperatures breaking the 50 degree mark combined with rainfall signal to white bass that it is time to move upstream to reproduce. They need a gently rising river along with sun-warmed water to begin migrating from the main lake into the headwaters of reservoirs.
White bass fishing inspires such ardor in anglers because these fish strike practically anything that comes near them during their spawning runs. No other fishing compares to it when white bass are really on and biting. Bank anglers can enjoy fishing just as good as those fishing from boats.
White bass anglers invented the plunker and fly presentation, originally comprised of a piece of broom handle with an eyelet screwed into it. They tied a piece of heavy monofilament to the eyelet with a treble hook dressed in white marabou at the other end. They cast this rig into the boils of feeding white bass and popped the rod to draw the attention of white bass.
Modern anglers use a white chugger-style topwater with the back hook removed. They tie a piece of light braided or monofilament line to the eyelet of the hook and attach a 1/32-ounce marabou jig or a dressed treble hook to the business end. Some remove both hooks to keep the rig from tangling on the cast. This presentation still catches white bass as well as it did in the 1950s.
White or chartreuse 1/16-ounce marabou or feather jigs suspended under bobbers and allowed to drift downstream also work extremely well on white bass. Adjust the depth of the bobber until it disappears from a fish.
In-line spinners of practically any color, small silver spoons and white 2 ½-inch curly-tailed grubs rigged on 1/8-ounce leadhead all score white bass.
White bass are either right on top, a few feet deep or just above bottom. The depth you catch them changes from day to day and sometimes from hour to hour. Keep probing the water column until you find them. When they are mid-depth or deeper, the curly-tailed grub is hard to beat.
The white bass are here, signaling this dreadful winter is finally gone for good. Get out in the next couple of weeks for the most exciting fishing found.

“Up All Night” Bass Tournament set for this Saturday on Barren River Lake

The 3rd annual “Up All Night” Bass Tournament, to benefit the Allen County-Scottsville High School “Up All Night” after prom program, will be this Saturday, April 5, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The tournament site is the Port Oliver Recreation Area, next to the dam.
Registration begins at 5:30 a.m. Entry fee is $30 per person with a three fish limit with one slot fish.
There will be a 70 percent pay back. In addition, there will be door prizes.
Hot dogs and drinks will be available.
For more information, contact John Meador at 270-606-0554.