Nolin Lakes started holding water for summer pool on March 15. The lake is targeted to reach summer pool or 515-feet by April 15. On April 1, Dog Creek and Iberia boat ramps open, followed by Moutardier campground on April 20 and Dog Creek and Wax campgrounds on May 4.
Friends of Nolin Lake have a full schedule of activities for this year beginning on April 28 with a Wildflower Walk. Paddle Nolin will be held May 12 and Summer Splash is scheduled for June 23 with a houseboat hop and corn hole tournament.
Winter draw down began October 20th on Rough River Lake. The target date for Rough River Lake to reach winter pool (475ft M.S.L.) is December 1st.
For current lake and river level information visit http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ky/nwis/uv/?site no=03318005&PARAmeter cd=00065,00060. This will give you the current gauge height reading and readings for the past week. You can also select additional data such as reservoir elevation (lake levels) and precipitation (rainfall amounts).
While turkey is in the oven this week, doves and snipe on in the crosshairs.
Hunting season for doves and common snipe start for the second time this year on Nov. 24 and continue until Dec. 2 for doves; Jan. 29 for snipe.
Dove hunters can get a limit of 15 birds a day with a possession limit of 30 birds.
Snipe hunters can collect eight birds with a possession limit of 16.
Shooting hours are between a half-hour before sunrise and sunset each day on private and public land.
Kentucky Afield Outdoors
The Sept. 1 dove season opener is just around the corner. It’s a special time in Kentucky and this September will birth a new generation of dove hunters. The outlook for the 2011 dove season is optimistic.
“We should have a good dove season,” said Rocky Pritchert, migratory bird coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “There seems to be a lot of doves around the state.”
Dates are set for the waterfowl blind drawings for Doug Travis, Lake Barkley, Barren River Lake, Green River Lake and Sloughs Wildlife Management Areas.
Hunters interested in participating in the drawings for waterfowl blind sites must be at least 18 years of age. Hunters must possess a valid 2011-2012 Kentucky hunting license, a Kentucky waterfowl permit and a federal migratory bird permit (duck stamp) at the time of the drawing.
Western Kentucky University summer geography course on severe storm chasing was recently recognized with a “Creative and Innovative Program” award.
The award, presented at the North American Association of Summer Sessions (NAASS) annual conference in Portland, Maine, was awarded to WKU for the Geography 475 course “Field Methods in Weather Analysis and Forecasting.” Beth Laves, Interim Associate Vice President for Extended Learning & Outreach, and Alicia Bingham, WKU Summer Sessions Specialist, accepted the award.