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The Kentucky River Wildlife Management Area’s newest tract will open in Henry County with a dedication Friday, Aug. 15, according to a news release.
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.
The dedication ceremony is set for 2 p.m. Friday near the area’s signature feature, an 88-acre oxbow lake, in full view of an active bald eagle’s nest, for the dedication ceremony.
The department’s newest lake will be named “Benjy Kinman Lake,” in recognition of the department fisheries biologist who retired recently after 38 years of service. Kinman served also as Fisheries Division director and deputy commissioner.
The new area increases the size of Kentucky River Wildlife Management Area 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.
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.