The Homeplace and Woodlands Nature Station will be open Wednesday - Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during November. The Homeplace, Nature Station, and the North and South Welcome Stations will be closed Thanksgiving Day, and all of December, January, and February. However, The Homeplace and Nature Station will offer various guided programs, including the popular Bald Eagle Van Tours and Boat Excursions.
The Golden Pond Planetarium will operate Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 1-30 with the exception of Thanksgiving Day. The holiday favorite, “'Tis the Season,” and "A Story of Christmas" is being offered at the Planetarium Thursday-Sunday, December 4-21. If groups wish to be scheduled Monday thru Wednesday, arrangements may be made by calling 270-924-2020. After this period, the Planetarium will be closed through the end of February. These shows are presented in breathtaking, full dome views of the simulated night skies and celestial events using the latest in digital imaging technology.
The Elk & Bison Prairie remains open year-round, as does the Golden Pond Visitor Center (with the exceptions of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day). The winter months offer the best chance of viewing elk, as the colder and shorter days draw the elk out later in the morning and earlier in the afternoon to feed.
While the developed campgrounds Hillman Ferry, Piney, and Energy Lake will be closed beginning December 1, 2008, campers will find all six fee lake access camping areas and all backcountry areas open throughout the winter. Wranglers Campground and Turkey Bay OHV Area, as well as the hiking and biking trails, will also remain open throughout the winter unless inclement weather causes the facilities to be closed. During times of excessive wet conditions, it is recommended that visitors “Call Before You Haul.” Please call 270-924-2000 and press 3 for updates on weather related closures or visit our website at http://www.lbl.org/TrailsUpdate.html.
Facilities will re-open on March 1, 2009, with a vast array of springtime activities and programs.