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Wildlife Tours Hazard KY

There are some basic rules we can follow to help make our experiences with wild animals less stressful for them and less dangerous for us. The first rule is to check your warm/fuzzy feelings at the door, because these aren’t Disney characters. They’re wild animals that deserve the space to live without feeling menaced by humans.

Carr Creek State Park
(606) 642-4050
Sassafras, KY
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 31-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Horseshoes

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Tailwater Campground (COE-Buckhorn Lake)
(606) 398-7220
Buckhorn, KY
Campground Availability
Mid Apr thru Mid Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Fishing, River Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Sports Field

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Sulphur Creek Resort
(270) 433-7200
Burkesville, KY
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 31-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight
Recreation
Rec Room, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Fishing Guides, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Basketball, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Kenlake State Resort Park
(800) 325-0143
Aurora, KY
Campground Availability
31-Mar thru 31-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Pool, Boating, Lake Fishing, Putting Green, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Hiking Trails, Local Tours

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Big Bear Resort
(800) 922-BEAR
Benton, KY
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 31-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Family Camp
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight
Recreation
Pool, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Fishing Guides, Fishing Supplies, Play Equipment, Planned Group Activities, Basketball, Volleyball

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Trace Branch (COE-Buckhorn Lake)
(606) 672-3670
Hyden, KY
Campground Availability
1-May thru 30-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, REC Open to Public

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Buckhorn Dam Recreation Area (COE-Buckhorn Lake)
(606) 398-7251
Buckhorn, KY
Campground Availability
April thru 30-Sep
Services
Non Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, River Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Horseshoes, Tennis, Volleyball, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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The Tailwater Below Dam (COE-Barren River Lake)
(270) 622-7732
Scottsville, KY
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers
Policies
Control Access Gate, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, River Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Lake Malone State Park
(270) 657-2111
Dunmor, KY
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 15-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Equipped Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Tennis, Hiking Trails

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Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park
(800) 325-0146
Gilbertsville, KY
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Hiking Trails

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Appropriate Conduct around Wildlife

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Appropriate Conduct Around Wildlife


From the pages of Camping Life

Every year, visitors to the backcountry are injured by wild animals that are, for one reason or another, put in a situation that leads to dangerously close contac with humans. Most of the time, it isn’t the animal that chooses to have such close contact.

There are some basic rules we can follow to help make our experiences with wild animals less stressful for them and less dangerous for us. The first rule is to check your warm/fuzzy feelings at the door, because these aren’t Disney characters. They’re wild animals that deserve the space to live without feeling menaced by humans.

Baby Animals

From time to time, young animals, such as fawns, will be left alone temporarily by their mothers. Do not intervene, because it will only cause problems. If you approach closely or handle a young animal, a lingering human scent may lead to total abandonment by the mother.

• If the mother catches you messing with her young, she may perceive you as a threat and attack you.
• Never, ever get between a mother and her baby.

Small Animals

Don’t feed them, even if they come into camp looking hungry. It’s a strong temptation to feed seemingly friendly wildlife, but that accomplishes two negative ends. It makes them dependent upon human food, and it encourages them to hang around a human camp, both of which can be dangerous for them.

• Don’t try to touch. A startled animal may scratch or bite you, which can transmit dangerous diseases.

Big Animals

The No. 1 rule for all wildlife is to keep your distance.

• The best thing you can do if you want close-up photos is to buy a telephoto (200 mm to 400 mm)
lens, so you don’t have to crowd the animal.
• Do not shout, wave or throw objects to get the animal to “look” at the camera.

Bears

Food and surprise encounters are the two biggest problems between humans and bears when in bear country. Black bears are opportunistic foragers, always looking for a free meal, so it is important to keep a clean camp. The grizzly bear is a powerful predator, capable of outrunning a horse. Keep in mind that when you are in grizzly country, you are now just part of the food chain. Mother bears are very protective of their cubs, and will not hesitate to charge intruders.

• Don’t leave food in your vehicle. Bears can and will break into vehicles if they see or smell food.
• In the backcountry, hang food high in a tree. Sleep at least 100 feet from where you hang the food,
cook and eat. Toiletries such as toothpaste, soap and shampoo may also attract bears, so store them
as you would food.
• Don’t sleep in the same clothes you wore while cooking and eating. Hang that clothing in plastic bags
away from camp.
• At campsites without bear-proof garbage cans, treat garbage and leftovers the same as food. When
leaving camp, pack out all food scraps. Place food and garbage in tightly sealed plastic bags. Double-
bag everything to prevent the ...

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