Each month the Brentwood Photography Group hosts a themed outing for members to join and take some great shots of places you might not ordinarily get to see. Past outings have taken us to old churches, abandoned factories, car shows, and small towns around Tennessee and surrounding states.
Following the Outing, you can send one image to the event organizer and this will be added to our Outings Gallery page. Your image should be a .jpg sized to 2000 pixels along the longest edge.
Elk and Bison Prairie at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
The October 2021 BPG outing will be at the Elk and Bison Prairie at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. The Elk and Bison Prairie is a 700 acre enclosed grassland habitat that is home to herds of bison and elk that were brought there when the project was created in 1996. While the bison and elk are the primary attractions, you may see other wildlife such as coyotes, bobcats, wild turkeys, and many other species of birds. Access to the Prairie is via a 3.5 mile one-way loop road that winds through the enclosure.
The wildlife at the Elk and Bison Prairie are most active early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Given the driving distance to Land Between the Lakes, we’ve chosen to meet in the afternoon. If you have more time and would like to make a day of it, feel free to come up early and explore some of the other attractions LBTL has to offer. The Woodlands Nature Station, the Homeland 1850s Farm, the South Bison Range, and the Planetarium are just some of the other attractions at LBTL — there’s plenty of places to explore. I’ve provided some links below with more info about things to see and do.
We’ll meet for the outing on Saturday, October 16th, at 4:00 pm at the Golden Pond Visitor Center in the center of Land Between the Lakes. Try to arrive a little early so you have the chance to use the restroom, we can get everyone checked in, and we can go over the rules of the Elk and Bison Prairie. Shortly after 4:00 pm we’ll all drive over to the Elk and Bison Prairie itself. It’s less than 2 minutes north of the visitor center on the right.
Admission to the Elk and Bison Prairie is $5.00 per carload. There is an automated machine at the gate that takes cash and credit cards. Alternatively, you can buy admission cards at the visitor center for the same price (or at a discount if we buy in bulk — if we have enough people/cars we can try to work this out). Note that if you leave the enclosure, you have to pay again to get back in.
This is an outing where you’ll want to have a variety of focal lengths at your disposal (from wide angle to your longest lens). The wildlife is unpredictable and you never know where you’ll spot them. You may drive for a while frustrated that you haven’t seen anything then find yourself in the middle of a herd of bison. For safety reasons you’re not allowed to approach the animals too closely (but they may decide to approach you). You are allowed to leave your car if the animals are not near, but don’t venture too far from it. A pair of binoculars, if you have them, could also be useful in spotting the wildlife.
Where: Golden Pond Visitor Center @ Land Between the Lakes
When: Saturday afternoon, October 16th, at 4:00 pm (try to be a little early)
Admission: $5.00 per carload
Please be sure to RSVP with your signed Hold Harmless Form to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Land Between the Lakes web site is at: https://www.landbetweenthelakes.us/
You can download a brochure for the Land Between the Lakes including a map of the area at: https://www.landbetweenthelakes.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/GeneralBrochure20_EC_4.pdf
You can download a brochure for the Elk and Bison Prairie at: https://www.landbetweenthelakes.us/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/17_ElkBisonFactSheet_WEB.pdf
If you’ve never been to the Elk and Bison Prairie before, you can see some of my photos from previous trips there at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/duanemiller/albums/72157719974925254
Thanks and I hope to see you there…
BPG Outings Co-Chair
Some of the locations we’ve visited in the past:
- Burgess Falls / Rock Island
- Linden for WWII reenactment
- Harlinsdale farm
- East Nashville
- Old Car City (Between Chattanooga and Atlanta)
- 21C Hotel & Museum