Barren River Lake State Park offers guided canoe trip on lake July 25

Looking for something to do during the “Dog Days of Summer?”
How about a canoe trip?
Enjoy a three-hour, guided interpretive canoe trip on Barren River Lake.
Barren River Lake State Park is offering guided interpretive canoe trips this summer.
The next scheduled trip is Thursday, July 25, beginning at 10 a.m.
The park provides canoes, paddles, lifejackets, and the guide.
The fee is $25 per person.
There must be a minimum of eight persons, but no more than 16.
Paddlers must be at least 10 years old. Beginners to advanced paddlers are welcome.
Advanced reservations are required.
Make reservations by calling the park’s Jamie Avery at (270) 646-2151 or 1-800-325-0057.
Private guided canoe trips for groups are also available by contacting Avery. 

Poker Run fundraiser CANCELED!

The annual Poker Run, sponsored  by the Friends of Barren River Lake & Park, has been cancelled. The event, that was scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2, is the organization’s primary fundraiser.

In a statement released today, the Friends said,
“Due to unforeseen circumstances with the Kentucky State Department of Charitable Gaming, the Poker Run sponsored by the Friends of Barren River Lake & Park will not be held this year. We regret that this event must be cancelled, but the Friends group is committed to hosting a bigger and better event next year. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused.”

Further developments will be posted on BarrenRiverblog.com.

Life jackets must be worn for safety

One-half of all recreational boating fatalities happen on calm water, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
And, in most cases, life jackets are on board, but not worn.
Don’t be a fatality on the water.
Before you get on the water with your life jacket on, check to make sure that it is correct for you.
- Check the manufacturer’s label for proper fit for your size and weight.
- Make sure the jacket is properly fastened.
- Hold your arms straight over your head.
- Ask a friend to grasp the tops of the arm openings and gently pull up.
- Make sure there is no excess room above the openings and the that the jacket does not ride up over your chin or face.
Try the life jacket in shallow water under safe and supervised conditions.
Find the best life jacket for your needs:
- Auto inflatable (inflates automatically upon immersion or manual activation).
- Manual Inflatable (only inflates upon manual activation).
- Belt Pack Inflatable (inflates automatically upon immersion or manual immersion).
- Vest Type (may turn unconscious wearer face up, good for non-swimmers).
- Children’s Hybrid Inflatable (inherently buoyant, inflates automatically and manually).
- Children’s Life Jacket (designed for possible immersion).
For more information on life jacket use and selection, click Life Jackets.

Guided canoe trips offered by Barren River Lake State Park around the lake

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Barren River Lake State Park is offering guided canoe trips around the lake.
The trips are about three hours, and are $25 per person.
The park has enough canoes for up to 16 people. Eight people are required for the tour.
The park provides canoes, paddles, lifejackets, and a guide.
Reservations are required. To make reservations, call 1-800-325-0057.

2014 Barren County Fair July 10-19

The 60th annual Barren County Fair, sponsored by the Temple Hill Lions Club, will begin July 10 and run through July 19, at the Temple Hill Lions Club Park and Fairgrounds on Hwy. 63.
Information about each event may be sought from the telephone numbers next to each event, by calling the fairgrounds at 270-427-4304 or by picking up a Fair Book at locations around Barren County.
Schedule of Events
Thursday, July 10- FREE.
7 p.m. Open Beef Cattle Show; and 4-H and FFA Beef Cattle Show.(270-590-1438)
Friday, July 11- FREE.
6 p.m. Open Dairy Cattle Show; and 4-H and FFA Dairy Cattle Show.(270-590-1438)
Saturday, July 12- FREE.
6 p.m. Horse Show.(270-427-6350)
Sunday, July 13- FREE.
2:30 p.m. Youth Sheep, Goat and Hog Show.(270-590-1438)
Monday, July 14- $10 Unlimited Carnival Rides, Events.
6:30 p.m. Concert by Mary Kutter;
7 p.m. Outlaw Truck & Tractor Pull; Antique & Light Farm Tractor Pull.(270-678-2075)
Tuesday, July 15- $10 Unlimited Carnival Rides, Events.
6 p.m. Athletic Events.
6 p.m. John Steed Concert.
7 p.m. Bailey Birge C0ncert.
Wednesday, July 16- $10 Unlimited Carnival Rides, Events.
6 p.m. Battle of the Barrens Lawnmower Pulling Series.(270-590-0363)
7 p.m. Baby Show, Tiny Mr. and Miss Barren County.(270-651-7255, 270-678-2509)
7 p.m. Little Mr. and Miss Barren County Fair.(270-651-7255, 270-678-2509)
9 p.m. Flat Screen TV Giveaway.
Thursday, July 17- $10 Unlimited Carnival Rides, Events.
6 p.m. Cornhole Tournament.(270-590-0020)
7 p.m. Miss Pre-Teen Barren County Fair, Miss Teen Barren County.(270-651-7255, 270-678-2509)
7 p.m. Miss Barren County, Miss Barren County Fair.(270-651-7255, 270-678-2509)
7 p.m. ATV Rodeo.(270-590-0020)
Friday, July 18- $10 Unlimited Carnival Rides, Events.
9 a.m. Floral Hall Exhibits.
12:30 p.m. Floral Hall Judging.
6 p.m. Coca-Cola Talent Contest.(270-427-8121)
8 p.m. Joe’s Karaoke Contest.(270-528-3526)
Saturday, July 19- $10 Unlimited Carnival Rides, Events.
9 a.m. Open and Youth Poultry Show.(270-678-4550)
11 a.m. Pet Show.
1-2 p.m. Pick up Floral Hall.
2 p.m. Tennessee Square Marble Tournament.
5 p.m. Pedal Pull.
7 p.m. KTPA Truck and Tractor Pull.(270-678-2075)

July 4 celebration at Barren River Lake

Fireworks' sponsor Friends of Barren RIver Lake & Park offered visitors door prizes, raffle tickets and T-shirts. The raffle will be Aug. 2 at the organization's annual Poker Run on Barren River Lake.

Fireworks’ sponsor Friends of Barren RIver Lake & Park offered visitors door prizes, raffle tickets and T-shirts. The raffle will be Aug. 2 at the organization’s annual Poker Run on Barren River Lake.

Gary Pruitt of Glasgow watches his daughter on the playground before the July 4 fireworks.

Gary Pruitt of Glasgow watches his daughter on the playground before the July 4 fireworks.

The Kyle Whitaker Band of Morgantown performed prior to the fireworks.

The Kyle Whitaker Band of Morgantown performed prior to the fireworks.

People gathered on land and lake for the fireworks.

People gathered on land and lake for the fireworks.

Fireworks began about 9 p.m. The show cost was over $7,000.

Fireworks began about 9 p.m.

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July 4 fireworks at Barren River Lake

Fireworks over Barren River Lake will be Friday, July 4, at dark, usually around 9 p.m.
The fireworks will be shot from the bank at Barren River Lake State Park, just below the park’s lodge and tennis courts.
Best viewing, if you don’t have a boat, is from the lawn behind the lodge and around the tennis courts.
Admission is FREE!
The fireworks are sponsored annually by the Friends of Barren River Lake & Park. They will have a booth, near the tennis courts, if you would like to make a donation toward the fireworks or to become a member of this organization that also sponsors the annual Trashmaster Classic in September. Annual individual membership is only $10 a year, and an annual family membership is $50 a year.
Parking is always a challenge for this event, so arrive early. But, if you don’t, here is a suggestion- For a $10 donation to the Friends of Barren River Lake & Park, you can view the fireworks without ever leaving your car by parking at the former beach area, which provides an upclose view of the fireworks. (The $10 fee is per vehicle and is for one parking space only).
Exiting the park has been simplified in recent years, with both lanes used as exit lanes following the fireworks. The south lane (regular exit lane) will be only for vehicles turning right out of the park, heading toward Scottsville. The north lane (regular entrance lane) will be only for vehicles turning left out of the park, heading toward Glasgow. Of course, there will be police to make sure that your entry on to Hwy. 31E is a safe one.
No sparklers or other fireworks are allowed in the park.
For more information on these events, contact Jamie Avery at jamie.avery@ky.gov or 1-800-325-0057.
July 4 Schedule at Barren River Lake State Park 
All events are FREE (unless noted) and open to the public.
10 a..m.- Firefly in a Bottle craft.
1 p.m.- Make a tie-dye T-shirt sporting the red, white and blue. Join your friends at the shuffleboard courts next to the lodge to create an original T-shirt (cost $8; $3 if you bring your own shirt).
4 p.m.- It is the annual Whatever Floats Your Boat competition, where teams take cardboard and duct tape and create a boat that will float (with a passenger) the length of the lodge pool. Teams will race their boats against others for the coveted crown of Best Boat.
6 p.m.- Kyle Whitaker Band will perform classic oldies and country under the tennis courts’ shelter, as preparation begins for the annual Fireworks Show.
9 p.m.- The July 4 Fireworks Show will explode over the lake, courtesy of Friends of Barren River Lake & Park. While the fireworks can be seen from around the lake, most visitors gather on the hillside behind the lodge and tennis courts.

** Quarry Road Recreation Area will close at 7:30 p.m. (regular closing hours) on July 4. Viewing will NOT be available from Quarry Road Recreation Area.

Boating safety is important July 4 holiday and every day on Kentucky’s lakes, rivers

By Kevin Kelly
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

With the Fourth of July falling on a Friday this year, Kentucky’s lakes and rivers will be teeming with boaters enjoying the long holiday weekend.
Officials with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources want it to be a fun and safe experience for everyone.
“There’s nothing better than a day on the water,” said Zac Campbell, the department’s boating education coordinator. “It’s a great way to spend quality time with your family and friends. But a great day on the water can turn tragic in a matter of seconds.
“Always be prepared with your safety equipment. Have a float plan and make sure you’re watching out for everybody on board.”
The increased boat traffic on a holiday weekend makes for more congested waterways and leaves less room for error.
Boat operators are advised to pay close attention to navigational rules and to drive cautiously in crowded areas. Scan the water around you, looking for swimmers, tubers, skiers, personal watercraft operators and floating debris.
“Even if you do everything properly, you still have to watch out for the other guy,” Campbell said.
July was the leading month for boat accidents nationwide last year, according to the U.S. Coast Guard’s 2013 Recreational Boating Statistics report.
Operator inattention was the top contributing factor in boating mishaps last year followed by improper lookout, operator inexperience and excessive speed, according to the North American Safe Boating Campaign. Alcohol use was the sixth highest contributing factor in boating accidents across the country last year.
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife conservation officers will be out in full force over the holiday weekend to help ensure the safety of those on the water.
Conservation officers will be on the lookout for impaired boaters but also checking that boats are equipped with the required safety equipment.
“Especially life jackets, which are proven to be a vital tool in saving lives on the water,” said Maj. Shane Carrier, boating law administrator with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife.

Before leaving the ramp, or dock, check that you have the following:

* Registration numbers and decals properly displayed
* Registration receipt on board
* Wearable life jackets for each person on board (children under the age of 12 must wear a life jacket in the open part of a boat that is underway)
* Throwable flotation device
* Fire extinguisher
* Horn or whistle
* Lights (red, green and 360-degree white lights)

All boats must display the proper navigation lights when underway between sunset and sunrise. The 360-degree white light must be displayed at all times when anchored during this period. It is especially important around congested areas such as marinas or fireworks displays on the water.
“As the operator you’re responsible for everybody’s safety on board, including your own,” Campbell said. “After the fireworks are over, it might be a good idea to stay put a little while and let the boat traffic clear out.
“Sometimes it’s really difficult to see which direction boats are moving. Be careful. Be attentive. Don’t be a distracted operator. If you have enough people, get a spotter to help you out by being a lookout while you’re driving.”
Statistics show that people who have taken a boater education course are less likely to be involved in a boating accident, Campbell said.
In Kentucky, children ages 12-17 years old who operate a personal watercraft or boat with a 10-horsepower motor or greater must have a safe boating certificate.
Boater education courses are offered in person around the state at no charge and online for a fee. All in-person courses require online pre-registration. For more information, including course schedules, visit Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s website at fw.ky.gov.

July 4 at Barren River Lake State Park offers crafts, contests, music, fireworks

July 4 at Barren River Lake State Park will offer visitors crafts, contests, music and the traditional fireworks show.
The Kyle Whitaker Band and the fireworks are sponsored by the the Friends of Barren River Lake & Park.
Plans continue to be made to make this year’s celebration one of the best.
All events are FREE (unless noted) and open to the public.
10 a..m.- Firefly in a Bottle craft.
1 p.m.- Make a tie-dye T-shirt sporting the red, white and blue. Join your friends at the shuffleboard courts next to the lodge to create an original T-shirt (cost $8; $3 if you bring your own shirt).
4 p.m.- It is the annual Whatever Floats Your Boat competition, where teams take cardboard and duct tape and create a boat that will float (with a passenger) the length of the lodge pool. Teams will race their boats against others for the coveted crown of Best Boat.
6 p.m.- Kyle Whitaker Band will perform classic oldies and country under the tennis courts’ shelter, as preparation begins for the annual Fireworks Show.
9 p.m.- The July 4 Fireworks Show will explode over the lake, courtesy of Friends of Barren River Lake & Park. While the fireworks can be seen from around the lake, most visitors gather on the hillside behind the lodge and tennis courts.
For a $10 donation to the Friends of Barren River Lake & Park, visitors can view the fireworks without ever leaving their car by parking at the beach area, which provides an upclose view of the fireworks. (The $10 fee is per vehicle and is for one parking space only). All proceeds go to the Friends of Barren River Lake & Park.
Visitors are encouraged to arrive early for parking due to the high volume of traffic and limited parking availability. Anyone arriving after 8:30 p.m. will be parked in the Glasgow Highland Field area, which is a 1½-mile walk to the lodge.
No sparklers or other fireworks are allowed in the park.
For more information on these events, contact Jamie Avery at jamie.avery@ky.gov or 1-800-325-0057.

Fishing Report by the Corps

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Barren River Lake posted this Fishing Report about 9:30 a.m. today.
Dissolved Oxygen readings collected on Monday show poor oxygen levels below 15′, anglers should not fish below that depth for feeding fish.
Tailwater fishing is fair. 
Black Bass fishing has been good over the past couple of weeks. Recent tournament results for Barren River Lake have shown catches of several 4 lb + fish coming from the lake.
Catfish are excellent, channels and blue cats are good using cut baits on jug lines and targeting in shallow flats with rod and reel; noodling anglers are having a lot of success with flatheads.
Hybrid fishing is fair and crappie are still biting at night.
Bluegill are suspected to have finished spawning
, good catches of sunfish can be caught close to banks, especially around fish attractors. First time anglers should have luck with bluegill at Port Oliver Recreation Area and at the fishing pier located at the end of South Lucas Road.
Hybrids are being caught using crawfish tails and nightcrawlers, bluegill fishing using crickets and wax worms, and small crappie are being caught using minnows.
Please remember to wear a life jacket when on or near the water.