Elk Tours at Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park
Two state parks in eastern Kentucky will offer guests unique elk viewing tours this fall and winter.
Participants are encouraged to bring cameras. The largest elk herds are located on privately owned lands that are normally closed to the public. This is one of the few opportunities available for the public to see the greatest number of elk.
The return of elk to the region is considered to be one of Kentucky’s biggest wildlife management success stories. The animals, after being gone from the state for 150 years, were returned in 1997. They now number around 10,000.
Visitors to Jenny Wiley and Buckhorn Lake State Resort Parks can stay at a state park lodge or cottage to enjoy one of these unique tours.
Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn
Fall 2016 dates: Sept. 10, 17 Oct. 29; Nov. 5, 19
Winter 2017 dates: March 4, 11, 18, 25
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg
Fall 2016 dates: Sept. 17, 18, 24, 25; Oct. 15, 16, 29; Nov. 5, 26; Dec. 3.
Winter 2017 dates: Jan. 21; Feb. 4, 18, 25; March 4, 11.
Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park will host elk viewing tours this fall and winter at a cost of $120 per couple ($90 per single). The fee includes one night’s lodging, continental breakfast and transportation to and from the elk preserve the following morning. Guests may also stay the night before or after with package for an extra $50. A tour without longing can also be arranged. Participants must register by calling Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park at 800-325-0058. Participation in the natural history program the evening prior to the trip at 7 p.m. is strongly recommended. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, camera, water and snacks. The tour van leaves the park between 5:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. depending on the date, and usually returns to the park around 10:30 a.m. to noon.
For more information visit parks.ky.gov