9 wildlife refuges closed at Land Between the Lakes

Kentucky

A line of bubbles from a bio-acoustic fish fence rises to the surface of the water at Barkley Lock and Dam where the Cumberland River meets Lake Barkley, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in Grand Rivers, Ky. The noise-making, bubbling, bio-acoustic barrier has been installed in the lock to deter the spread of destructive Asian carp . (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) — Officials say nine wildlife refuges at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area have closed until next year.

Signs or buoys mark areas closed to activities that include hunting, fishing, and boating.

The U.S. Forest Service said Monday in a statement that the areas will reopen on March 15.

The closures include portions of Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, and several smaller lakes.

The closures provide undisturbed resting and feeding areas for bald eagles, waterfowl, and shorebirds.

Land Between the Lakes is a 170,000-acre recreation area in western Kentucky and Tennessee.

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