Campers start to settle in at Land Between the Lakes

LBL Hillman FerryGRAND RIVERS, Ky. —  Flooding almost dampened family plans at Land Between the Lakes after the Forest Service was forced to close the campgrounds for an extra week, finally opening Friday.

Tom Daughhetee says his family doesn’t camp, they ‘glamp.’

“King size bed, closet, washer, dryer – I mean this is set up like a house,” says Daughhetee. “It’s got leather recliners. It’s got an island kitchen. A home away from-home is what it is.”

Daughhetee and his wife have been coming to Hillman Ferry Campground at LBL for decades. They know how to set up the perfect campsite.

“We have a microwave, coffee pot, Dutch over – it’ll all be set up out here under the canopy,” says Daughhetee.

The couple was planning to start setting up on March 1 when the campground was scheduled to open.

Hillman Ferry Campground Assistant Manager Jason Osborne says 40 of the 374 campsites were under water up until Friday.

“Which is why we opened late to begin with rather than having people have the chance of being hurt,” says Osborne. “We saw the water was coming down so we acted just as fast as we could to get the gates open.”

Osborne says the 40 campsites that were under water will remain closed until all damages have been assessed and repaired. Click here to learn more about current restrictions and alerts at LBL.


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