FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife will mark the official opening of the Kentucky River Wildlife Management Area’s newest tract in Henry County with a dedication Friday, Aug. 15.
The department completed its 18-month-long effort to acquire the 926-acre Stephen Boone property on June 2 and made it a priority to get the new area ready for use by hunters and anglers in time for the Aug. 16 opening of squirrel season.
Conservation organizations, sportsmen and sportswomen will join the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission, area state legislators and county officials at 2 p.m. (Eastern time) to dedicate the new area. They will assemble on the shoreline of the area’s signature feature, an 88-acre oxbow lake, in full view of an active bald eagle’s nest, for the dedication ceremony.
Commissioner of Fish and Wildlife Gregory Johnson and members of the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission will officially open the area to public recreation and name the department’s newest lake “Benjy Kinman Lake,” in recognition of the department fisheries biologist who retired recently after 38 years. Kinman served also as Fisheries Division director and deputy commissioner and was instrumental in helping the department acquire the new area prior to his retirement.
The new area increases the size of Kentucky River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) by about a third, to 3,555 acres. It includes more than a half-mile of Kentucky River frontage, 664 acres of woodlands and 113 acres of lakes and ponds.
Additional fishing opportunities on the area include a 15-acre man-made lake, a 6.5-acre pond and a 4-acre pond.
“This new area presents tremendous new public outdoor recreation opportunities for hunters, anglers and all persons who appreciate the outdoors,” said Johnson. “It’s nearly 1,000 acres of woods, lakes and ponds, all within about an hour’s drive of Lexington, Louisville and Northern Kentucky.”
From Frankfort, take U.S. 127 North to just past Monterey, about 16 miles. Turn left onto KY 355 and continue to Gratz. Turn left onto KY 22. Cross the Kentucky River then take a right onto KY 389. The location for the dedication ceremony will be on the right after about three miles.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources manages, regulates, enforces and promotes responsible use of all fish and wildlife species, their habitats, public wildlife areas and waterways for the benefit of those resources and for public enjoyment. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife is an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. For more information on the department, visit our website at fw.ky.gov.