Colder weather brings hypothermia risks

As temperatures are predicted to fall Sunday, fishermen and hunters need to be aware of the risks that are associated with the cold temperatures, especially hypothermia.
According to the Center for Disease Control, when you are exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced. Eventually your body will use up its stored energy, and when that happens you are at risk for hypothermia.
In addition to the effects of hypothermia to the body, its most damaging effect can be to the brain. It will not allow the person to think clearly to realize what is happening and not allow them to be able to do anything about it.
Early symptoms of hypothermia are:
– shivering
– fatigue
– loss of coordination
– confusion and disorientation.
Immediately take action:
– move to a warm room or shelter
– remove any wet clothing
– warm the center (chest, neck, head) of the body first
– drink warm beverages
– wrap in warm blanket.

Cold Water Immersion
Immersion hypothermia may occur if a person is falls into cold water.
According to the CDC, immersion hypothermia develops much more quickly than standard hypothermia because water conducts heat away from the body 25 times faster than air.
Immersion hypothermia can occur in any water temperature below 70°F.
If you are going to be on the water:
– don’t go alone
– wear proper clothing (wool and synthetics and not cotton)
– use a personal flotation device
– have a means of signaling rescuers
– have a means of being retrieved from the water.

Barren River Lake State Park offering lodging discounts Nov. 19 – Jan. 31

Barren River Lake State Park is offering a lodging special Nov. 19- Jan. 31.
Guests will receive 50 percent off their second night lodging at any of the park’s accommodations- Louie B. Nunn Lodge rooms, as well as the park’s cottages and cabins.
The special is based on room availability with some blackout dates, including holidays and special events.
To make reservations, call the park at 1-800-325-0057.

Barren River Fishing League to host annual Thanksgiving Tournament Nov. 25

The Barren River Fishing League will host its annual Thanksgiving bass tournament Saturday, Nov. 25.
Take-off is set at 7 a.m., with weigh-in scheduled for 2 p.m., both at the Port Oliver Recreation Area.
It will be five-fish limit.
Entry is $40/boat.
A preregistration list has  been started. To be added to the list, call Ronnie Stinson at 270-618-1436.

Barren River Lake water temperatures, dissolved oxygen levels for Nov. 1

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the water temperatures and dissolved oxygen levels at Barren River Lake for Wednesday, Nov. 1.
Water Depth; Water Temperature; Dissolved Oxygen Level
0 ft.; 64 degrees; 6.1
5 ft.; 64 degrees; 5.8
10 ft.; 64 degrees; 5.6
15 ft.; 64 degrees; 5.4
20 ft.; 64 degrees; 5.3
25 ft.; 64 degrees; 5.3


Barren River Lake State Park to host annual Thanksgiving Day buffet

Barren River Lake State Park will host its annual Thanksgiving Day buffet, Nov. 23.
The buffet will be served in the Driftwood Restaurant, located in the park’s Louie B. Nunn Lodge.
The buffet will be served, beginning at 11 a.m. CT.
Cost of the buffet is $19.50 plus tax for adults (13- and over), $9.50 for children (6-12), and free for children 5 and under.
Beverages are included with the buffet.
For information, contact the park at 270-646-2151.
Thanksgiving Buffet Menu
Chef’s Choice of Soups
Assorted Cheeses and Salads
Choice Roasted Round of Beef (carved on the line)
Turkey and Dressing
Baked Ham
Fried Chicken
Chef’s Choice of Local Favorite
Candied Yams
Country Style Green Beans
Mashed Potatoes w/ Giblet Gravy
Other Thanksgiving Favorites
Pumpkin Pie
Pecan Pie
Other Southern Favorites

Barren River Lake State Park will host Wine and Paint afternoon on Nov. 11

Barren River Lake State Park will host a Wine and Paint afternoon Saturday, Nov. 11, beginning at 2 p.m. in the park’s Louie B. Nunn Lodge.
The afternoon will be led by certified instructors Carolyn Blackerby and Laveda Hayes. They will teach participants how to paint using the One Stroke Painting method created by Donna Dewberry.
Registration is $40 per person. Space is limited.
All materials and supplies are included.
An 8″x10″ canvas project will be completed during the class.
Alcohol is not included in the registration.
A cash bar will be available.

Barren River Lake State Park announces Breakfast and the Grinch on Dec. 9

Barren River Lake State Park will host its annual Breakfast and the Grinch Saturday, Dec. 9.
It will include a breakfast buffet, story time, crafts, and photos with the Grinch.
There will be two breakfast sessions, 7:15- 8:45 a.m., and 9- 10:30 a.m., at the park’s Louie B. Nunn Lodge.
Cost is $15 for participants 13-older; $10 for children 4-12; and Free for children under 4.
Seating is limited.
Pre-registration is required.
Call Kody Thompson at Barren River Lake State Park at 270-646-2151 for pre-registration and more information.

Santa’s House
Santa Claus may be found in a park cottage also Saturday, Dec. 9, from 8:30- 11:30 a.m.
You are invited to bring your Christmas list and your camera for a photo with Santa Claus.
Admission is free.

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day Nov. 4 at Port Oliver’s Twisted Oliver Trailhead

Take a Kid to Mountain Biking Day, sponsored by the Southwest Kentucky Mountain Bike Association, will be Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Twisted Oliver Trailhead at Port Oliver Recreation Area on Barren River Lake.
Participants are invited to meet at the Twisted Oliver Trailhead at 9 a.m.
The ride is open for riders of all ages. However, the route will be geared toward beginner and children riders.
There will also be a ride geared toward intermediate riders.
Lunch will be provided for children following the ride, along with some Chik-Filet gift cards.
Parents and friends are welcome to attend and ride with the children.
For more information, click Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day.

42nd annual Barren BassMasters Open Fall Tournament scheduled for Nov. 4

The 42nd annual Barren BassMasters Open Fall Tournament will be Saturday, Nov. 4, on Barren River Lake.
Tournament registration opens at 5:30 a.m. CT, at Port Oliver Recreation Area on the day of the tournament.
The tournament is scheduled to take off from Port Oliver at 7 a.m., with weigh-in set for 3 p.m. at Port Oliver.
Entry is $35 per boat, with an optional $10 for Big Bass. Big Bass will have a 100 percent payback with 60 percent paid for the largest bass and 40 percent paid to the second largest bass.
This is a three-fish limit per boat poundage tournament (largemouth, smallmouth, spotted bass).
Based on 80 paid entries, payoff will be $750 for 1st place, $500 for 2nd place, $300 for 3rd place, $200 for 4th place, $150 for 5th place, and $100 for 6th place.
For more information, contact John Combs at 270-646-0389.
Click for Pre-Registration Form.

Sanders, Stone win T-H Marine FLW BFL Regional Tourney on Barren River Lake

Eric Sanders of Lexington, Kentucky, won the boater division, and Jim Stone of Greenwood, Indiana, won the co-angler division of the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Regional Tournament on Barren River Lake that concluded today. The three-day event, presented by Lowrance, featured the highest-ranked 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers from each of the Buckeye, Great Lakes, LBL, and Michigan BFL divisions.
Sanders, the winning boater received a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and a check for $20,000, while Stone, the winning co-angler received a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.
The top six boaters and co-anglers will advance to one of the longest-running championships in bass fishing – the 2018 BFL All-American, which will be May 31-June 2 on Cross Lake in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Top 6 Boaters Advancing, 3-day totals
1. Eric Sanders, Lexington, Ky., 12 fish, 33 lbs. 10 ozs.
2. Tim Rhoades, Bowling Green, Ky., 14, 33-2.
3. Clint Bissonett, Beavercreek, Ohio, 12, 27-1.
4. Jack Dalzell, Elyria, Ohio, 12, 27-0.
5. Kyle Weisenburger, Ottawa, Ohio, 11, 25-11.
6. Brad Leifermann, Andover, Minn., 11, 25-3.

Top 6 Co-Anglers Advancing, 3-day totals
1. Jim Stone, Greenwood, Ind., 8 fish, 23 lbs. 5 ozs.
2. Philip Borsa, Redford, Mich., 11, 20-2.
3. Andrew Gilliland, McArthur, Ohio, 9, 16-9.
4. Danny Nicklin, Highland, Ill., 8, 15-9
5. Paul Vonwald, La Crosse, Wis., 5, 14-11.
6. Joseph Gulash, Edwardsville, Ill., 5, 14-2.

Complete list of finishers may be found by clicking, FLW BFL Fishing Results.