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Hematite Lake a Magical Place In Lbl ky


Hematite Lake of Lbl Ky

Every now and then you come across a place that is so magical and beautiful, that you never want to leave. Hematite Lake is just that! It is a place were families can come and enjoy the day, fish, hike, or even search for the rumored hematite there! It's a photographers dream, a child's fairytale, and a family's perfect picnic spot. This is one of the greatest places near my home that I have enjoyed going to since my early childhood.

Hematite lake is located in LBL, KY. The Land Between the Lakes or (LBL), is a gorgeous national recreation area in my hometown. It is a great big stretch of land located in the middle of Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake. Attracting thousands of people year round, this is a really popular tourist area. It has hundreds of trails, campgrounds, fishing spots, prairies, and so much more! There are so many great places in LBL that I'd love to talk about, but I chose to write this article on my very favorite spot which the locals call Hematite lake.

Hematite lake is actually just a nickname given to a wonderful part of Kentucky lake were hematite is rumored to be found! It is a special little recreation area, were families gather and make long lasting memories. It is so beautiful with the stones that stretch across the water and the swampy greenery. This spot is truly breathtaking, and a wonderful place to go if you take a trip to LBL!

What was that you heard about hematite? Several people I have spoken with say that they have found hematite here, but I haven't ever been so lucky. Although, I haven't really spent a lot of time searching for it since I'm so easily distracted by the other fun things to do!

I hope you enjoy reading about this wonderful place, seeing the beautiful photos, and learning about a new spot in the world. Who knows, maybe you'll be lucky enough to visit someday. This is definitely one of my favorite places to be in the summer. I can't wait until our next family trip there!

All images were taken by and belong to me, all rights reserved.

First Memories


My first memory of Hematite Lake was probably when I was around 10 years old. We had been fishing up in LBL and mom and dad took us to a new spot. We packed the picnic basket and cooler, and I remember Dad starting a fire. We all ate hamburgers and hotdogs on a concrete picnic table overlooking the lake. Later my mom took us on the hiking trail, and I remember how exciting it was to see such a beautiful place! The view is gorgeous, and very captivating. We always found new fun things to do in LBL, but Hematite Lake has always had my heart. I kept coming back as an adult, and this is now my favorite place to go when I visit Land Between the Lakes.

The possibilities of what to do here are endless. Some days I have drove out here and set up a chair, brought a little cooler, and kicked back reading my favorite book. Although it attracts several visitors year round, its usually not too busy and often times early morning you'll be the only one in the picnic area. Other times I've brought my camera and took pictures of the beautiful scenery, I love nature photography! Then there are days were we go as a family to have a picnic, fish, or explore. I've even came out here looking for hematite after talking to someone who claimed to have found some!

Fishing, Hiking, Picnicking, Photography, and Rockhounding - So many fun things to do at Hematite Lake!

There are so many fun things to do at Hematite Lake, but these are some of the most common things that people do here.


I have been fishing here, and you can catch some very nice Bluegill. There are several other types of fish you might catch including Catfish, Bass, Crappy, etc. But chances are with the shallow water you'll mostly catch bluegill! Although when Catfish are spawning sometimes they do come up in the shallow part of the water, and that would be a good time to try to catch some delicious catfish. Ky does require a fishing permit, which you can find information on here: prices vary based on the kind of permit you get. Everyone has their own fishing stories, but I am proud of my 16 pound catfish I caught near Hematite Lake!

Hiking: This is a great spot to hike! There is a hiking trail that is over 2 miles long that circles around Hematite Lake. Even if your not the athletic type, this isn't too difficult of a hiking trail. It's actually pretty flat. It is a beautiful trail, that normally doesn't take too long to finish. If your like me though you'll be stopping and looking at the scenery and wildlife and might consider grabbing a bottle of water, or your camera!

Picnicking: There are a few picnic tables, and even grills set up near the lake here. You can bring some charcoal and use one of the grills that are there, or gather some wood and make your own little fire. Just be sure and put it out good before leaving! Its definitely a good spot for roasting hot dogs or marshmallows, or packing a nice lunch for you and your family. I'd also bring a cooler with your picnic basket, because I'm sure you'll be staying a while. Nothing beats a nice cold bottle of water, on a hot day. This is my favorite picnic spot for sure!

Photography With such a beautiful place, there is no wonder that photography would be a big thing to do. The spot is perfect for amazing lake photos, and even better nature photos. There is wild honeysuckle growing in spots if you come at the right time of the year. You never know what you will come across to photograph (like the little turtle I found). There is such a spectacular view of the lake, trees, and rocks that you will be snapping pictures all day. Several birds fly by, that make for great photos as well. I even seen a pelican there once! You can take gorgeous shots of the breathtaking steps that stretch across the water as well. So if your a photographer like me, then this is definitely a place to be to get great shots!

Rockhunting Several people venture out here to look for hematite and other rocks and minerals. This is a spot rockhounds should visit if ever in the area. If you happen to find any hematite, I hope you'll come back here and leave me a comment about it!

If you could visit Hematite Lake


Hunting Geodes in LBL

I also really love hunting for geodes, another fun thing I do when I visit Kentucky Lake or the surrounding lakes and rivers. I think Hematite Lake would be a good place to look for them as well! I usually go to Lake Barkley which is very close, and find them there. If you've never been geode hunting and live near creaks, deserts, lakes, rivers, etc. then you are definitely missing out. I think everyone should give it a try at some point in their life. There is nothing more special than cracking open a boring rock to find sparkling crystals inside. To me, its like a nature treasure hunt. If you're interested in learning more, here is a link to my other article where I tell you all about geode hunting and how to get started!

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How and Where to Find Geodes

For more information on Hematite Lake - or Land Between the Lakes


If you would like more information on Lbl or Hematite lake, I've found a few links that would be very helpful to tourists or people who are interested in visiting!

Have you ever been to Land Between the Lakes? - I hope you enjoyed my Hematite Lake article, please let me know what you think in the comments below!

BodyHairRemoval on June 03, 2014:

Sounds like a lovely place!

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on April 07, 2014:

@Dhookraj Singh: You would really enjoy it then :)

Dhookraj Singh on April 06, 2014:

I love hiking.This place seems to be made for me.

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on March 18, 2014:

@katiesnow: Thanks, it most certainly is :)

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on March 18, 2014:

@greenmind: Thank you!

GreenMind Guides from USA on March 17, 2014:

This place looks beautiful. Nice lens!

katiesnow on March 17, 2014:

beautiful lake!

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on March 15, 2014:

@brayenbra: Thank you! I would love to visit Victoria Falls in Africa, I've seen some wonderful pictures of it!

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on March 15, 2014:

@lin444: Thank you, I'm sure you could but it wouldn't be very deep. There are some great places nearby that are beautiful as well, that allow swimming though! Thanks for stopping by, I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures too :)

lin444 on March 15, 2014:

Sounds wonderful! I liked the pics you posted too. While reading through this, I was wondering about swimming also. I can see my kids (and my crazy dog) just jumping in there without thinking twice. You're lucky you got to grow up near such a beautiful place.

brayenbra on March 15, 2014:

nice place, we don't have such places in africa

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on March 15, 2014:

@firstsquid: I've never been swimming here, but many places in LBL allow you to swim. I think the water is really shallow though? I have seen a few people wading around, not sure...will have to look into that!

firstsquid on March 15, 2014:

wooww what a beautiful place.. can i swim in there??

really great lens.. i pin it :)

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on March 14, 2014:

@trevorjb1406: Thank you Trevor :)

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on March 14, 2014:

@Brite-Ideas: Thank you, I'm glad you admire it's beauty too. Maybe someday you'll get to visit who knows :)

trevorjb1406 on March 14, 2014:

Hi, Like the pictures! Nice lens!

Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on March 13, 2014:

I haven't but what an outstanding place, beautiful!

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on March 13, 2014:

@Risha Linda: Thank you, I really appreciate that. I definitely enjoy taking pictures there, it is such a breathtaking experience every time!

Risha Linda Mateos from Florida on March 13, 2014:

Beautiful photography! You have a great eye for lovely photos. Thank you for sharing the photos and information I really enjoyed it!

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on March 13, 2014:

@David Stone1: Thanks Dave, this is definitely one of those places :)

David Stone from New York City on March 13, 2014:

Never been there, but I appreciate places like this that take you away.

DaviennaW on March 08, 2014:

Would love to visit!

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on March 05, 2014:

@dwelburn: Thank you! It is a very lovely place Indeed :)

dwelburn on March 05, 2014:

This looks like a lovely place to visit. Great photos.

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on February 27, 2014:

@bead at home mom: Thanks, I hope you'll get to visit this place someday!

bead at home mom on February 26, 2014:

use to have family in the area but don't have many memories of visiting often. Thanks for sharing such wonderful memories and gorgeous pictures.

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on February 19, 2014:

@evawrites1: Thank you, I can't wait until the weather gets nice I've really been wanting to go again.

evawrites1 on February 18, 2014:

I have never been, but this looks so beautiful. Congratulations on your purple star!

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on February 18, 2014:

@AnonymousC831: Thanks so much!

AnonymousC831 from Kentucky on February 17, 2014:

I love this lens, great work.

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on February 14, 2014:

@mel-kav: Thanks, the turtle was definitely a nice surprise :) It was about the size of a half dollar coin!

mel-kav on February 14, 2014:

I have never been there. It looks so beautiful and serene. Your photos are great - I love the turtle.

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on February 12, 2014:

@VeroniqueX: Thanks, and you never know! :)

VeroniqueX on February 11, 2014:

This lake looks so peaceful, I'd love to walk on the pathway. I'm thousand miles away, maybe someday I will.

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on February 08, 2014:

@TommyPotter: Thanks, I'm glad you liked it. I definitely would recommend it to anyone coming to the area. Thanks for stopping by!

TommyPotter on February 08, 2014:

I've never heard before about Hematite Lake but it's an interesting place to know more about it!

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on February 07, 2014:

@smine27: Thanks, I'm glad you like it :) You could indeed spend a day there and time would just fly by because you would really have fun!

Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on February 07, 2014:

What a beautiful lake. I could definitely spend a day here.

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on February 03, 2014:

@TolovajWordsmith: Your very welcome, and thank you!

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on February 03, 2014:

@andreea22: It is very relaxing, especially in the Spring or Summer when everything is in bloom!

andreea22 on February 03, 2014:

Wow, this place seems really relaxing! Nature always makes me feel free and blessed. :)

Tolovaj Publishing House from Ljubljana on February 03, 2014:

Looks like a very special place. Thanks for sharing this info!

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on February 01, 2014:

@lesliesinclair: Thanks Papier, it is definitely a place I hold dear.

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on February 01, 2014:

@John Dyhouse: Thanks, it is indeed a nice little family spot!

lesliesinclair on February 01, 2014:

It's easy to see how this lake enthralls you. It would be joy to spend time there.

John Dyhouse from UK on February 01, 2014:

Wow a great place for a family day out

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on January 30, 2014:

@VioletteRose LM: Thanks, so glad you liked it!

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on January 30, 2014:

@flinnie lm: Thank you, its a really beautiful place :)

VioletteRose LM on January 30, 2014:

Beautiful lake and lens, enjoyed reading this :)

Gloria Freeman from Alabama USA on January 30, 2014:

Hi what a great place to visit, I love the pictures you have here.

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on January 30, 2014:

@aesta1: Thank you, I took all of them myself. Except the one of me- my fiancé took that one ;) I love photography, this sure is a great spot for some beautiful nature photos!

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on January 30, 2014:

@ecogranny: Thanks so much Grace :) So glad you stopped by! It truly is a wonderful place, very beautiful!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 29, 2014:

Love the pictures you chose for this lens.

Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on January 29, 2014:

What a beautiful getaway. Your enthusiasm and love of the locale shows through beautifully. What wonderful memories you have. Thank you for sharing this cherished treasure.

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on January 29, 2014:

@MarathonRunning: Yes, it stands for Kentucky. I don't know why I didn't think of it, but I guess if your outside of the US, you wouldn't know! I'm glad you liked it, thank you very much!

Martina from Croatia, Europe on January 29, 2014:

Nice article accompanied with some really nice pictures! That looks like a beautiful place, but I have one question: what is Ky standing for? I suppose that is for Kentucky, but can`t be sure because I`m from Europe.

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on January 29, 2014:

@Max Globe: Yep, you even find a little turtle if your lucky :) Thank you!

Max Globe on January 29, 2014:

Wow, the water is so clear. And the turtles are there! Seems like a wonderful place. Great lens bu the way)

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on January 28, 2014:

@ChocolateLily: Thanks! I hope you get a chance to go, its a really great place!

ChocolateLily on January 28, 2014:

Sounds like a beautiful place! We live in Tennessee, so we may have to make a trip there sometime. Good job on your lens as well!

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on January 27, 2014:

@norma-holt: Thank you very much, I've always wanted to go to Australia as well! I'm glad you enjoyed my lens, and thanks again for your nice comments and likes.

norma-holt on January 27, 2014:

The beauty of every country is to be enjoyed and praised. In Australia we have stunning scenery in many places as well and in some parts the colours grip you just as those in your pictures do. You made a lovely documentary on a place very precious to you. Well done and definitely worthy of a purple star. Congratulations.

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on January 27, 2014:

@Titia: Thank you! I do enjoy fishing as well, and you could definitely have a nice evening out there doing it :) I do enjoy seeing so many great new places on here as well, its like traveling the world through our computers for free! Thanks for stopping by :)

Titia Geertman from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands on January 27, 2014:

Looks like a beautiful place and I certainly would go fishing before doing anything else. Isn't it wonderful to travel around the world through all these 'home' lenses, without spending a penny?

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on January 27, 2014:

@tonyleather: Thanks!

tonyleather on January 27, 2014:

What an interesting lens about what appears to be a lovely place to visit!

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on January 26, 2014:

@DeborahDian: Thanks Deborah-Diane, who knows- maybe you'll get to someday!

Deborah Carr from Orange County, California on January 26, 2014:

This does sound like a magical place. I would love to go see it!

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on January 25, 2014:

@Coffee-Break: Aww thank you so much, I wish I was there right now too! Thanks for stopping by my lens :)

Dorian Bodnariuc from Ottawa, Ontario Canada on January 25, 2014:

The area is gorgeous. While reading and looking at your pictures, I wanted to be there.

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on January 25, 2014:

@pawpaw911: Thank you! That's awesome, I've been to Nashville a few times too :)

pawpaw911 on January 25, 2014:

I enjoyed the photos and information about Hematite Lake. Makes me want to visit there. I was near there on a trip to Nashville a few months ago. I did enjoy the Southern hospitality. I'm sure my son knows where it is. He lives in Nashville.

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on January 24, 2014:

@wildbluefrontier: That's awesome, glad someone else here has shared the beauty of it. Thanks so much!

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on January 24, 2014:

@Susan Zutautas: Aww well maybe you will get to go back sometime, ya never know! Thank you so much

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on January 24, 2014:

To think I was so close when I was in Nashville a few years ago. Hope to make it back someday soon. Beautiful lens!

Nathan M from Tucson on January 23, 2014:

I've been to the Land between the Lakes a few times. Always thought it was a beautiful place. Great photos.

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on January 22, 2014:

@Gypzeerose: Thank you!

Rose Jones on January 22, 2014:

What amazing photography! My dad came from Kentucky - an unexpectedly wondrous place.

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on January 21, 2014:

@favored: I didn't think of that, but good idea! Thank you :)

Fay Favored from USA on January 21, 2014:

What a beautiful lake. You got some great photographs as well. I would be sure to get some of them enlarged for my walls.

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on January 21, 2014:

@editionh: Thank you, it definitely is a wonderful place to be- especially in the summer!

editionh on January 20, 2014:

Well, that looks and reads like a heavenly place!

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on January 20, 2014:

@CampingmanNW: Thank you so much!

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on January 20, 2014:

@esmonaco: Thanks so much :) I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Eugene Samuel Monaco from Lakewood New York on January 20, 2014:

Looks like a beautiful place, thank you for the wonderful tour and your pictures are fantastic!!! Great Job

CampingmanNW on January 20, 2014:

A really nice lens on Hematite Lake, arguably, one of your favorite places. You did a great job and your pictures round it all out. Excellent job and thanks for sharing, cheers.

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on January 19, 2014:

@WriterJanis2: Thanks so much!

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on January 19, 2014:

@takkhisa: Thank you Takkhis, you definitely wouldn't want to forget your camera. You never know what you'll see, like that cute little turtle :)

Takkhis on January 19, 2014:

Excellent lens with beautiful photographs! If I ever go there I would never forget to take my camera and take as many as photos I want, the nature there is very cool :)

WriterJanis2 on January 19, 2014:

Such beautiful pictures. I would love to go here.

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on January 18, 2014:

@anonymous: Yes, I would love to find some hematite there. I haven't spent a whole lot of time looking because I get distracted easily, but that would be so cool to find! That's awesome that is only 30 hours away, who knows maybe you'll be able to stop by sometime! So nice to meet you, and thanks for the likes and comments!

anonymous on January 18, 2014:

What beautiful photos and lovely writing! It's only 30 hours away from my house! Like you, I'm a rock-hound and am forever looking at the ground. Hematite would be a fantastic find.

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on January 18, 2014:

@Lynn Klobuchar: definitely so! Very peaceful and mesmerizing, one of my favorite places to be is by the lake!

Lynn Klobuchar on January 18, 2014:

Just beautiful. There is something about lakes and water isn't there?

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on January 18, 2014:

@captainj88: Thank you, its definitely my favorite spot in Lbl!

Leah J. Hileman from East Berlin, PA, USA on January 18, 2014:

Cool, I've been in and out of KY several times but usually on the way to somewhere else. This looks like a great place for a day trip.

rita-ray-44 on January 17, 2014:

good job excellent story love the hematite lake beautiful place

Renee Dixon (author) from Kentucky on January 15, 2014:

@PNWtravels: Thank you so much!

Vicki Green from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA on January 15, 2014:

A part of the world I've never seen. From your photos it certainly looks beautiful!

Merry Citarella from Oregon's Southern Coast on January 14, 2014:

It looks beautiful! Great photos too. Enjoyed your lens very much!

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