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post #1 of 16 Old 07-26-2013, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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Heading to LBL, what to expect?

I'm planning on going to Land Between the Lakes in a couple weeks to explore the back roads (map says they are unmaintained). I have a WJ with 2 inch lift, at tires, and open differentials. What can I expect? Are these roads fairly easy? I don't want to stay on gravel roads all day but I don't want to get stranded with the wife and baby, either. I don't plan on going to Turkey Bay, just the roads on the map. Thanks.

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post #2 of 16 Old 07-30-2013, 01:09 PM
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Get a map from the gaurd shack and stay on the easy trails. Dont be scared to venture out. Good idea to ride with a friend or a group.
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post #3 of 16 Old 07-31-2013, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
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Are the numbered roads rated by difficulty on the map. Im hoping to have a friend go with us but not sure if they get to go or not.
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post #4 of 16 Old 07-31-2013, 10:59 AM
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I believe they are color coded and each trail head is coded. You can get around fairly well even with open diffs...unless its been raining of course
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post #5 of 16 Old 07-31-2013, 11:00 AM
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You can pull up alot of info on lbl.org
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post #6 of 16 Old 07-31-2013, 02:34 PM
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The backroads are not color coded if that is what you are wanting to do. LBL backroads are numbered. The 100 number roads are paved. 200 usually chip and seal. 300, some are gravel and some are dirt and seldom maintained. 400 roads are never maintained and are dirt. Start at North station of the Trace. There is a info center there with maps. Then head South. About 2 1/2 miles from Hillmans Ferry you will find 305. That ought to be a good start for you. You have to look at the beginning of every road that you see and mounted on a metal post is a 3x4 inch brown plate with the road number on it. If it is wet, 305 will nasty! But it will get you back to where nobody else will be. Have fun but be safe. Mike

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I thought we were talking about turkey bay. My bad
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[QUOTE=cutngut;15741727]I thought we were talking about turkey bay. My bad[/QUOTE

No problem.

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Thats what i was looking for. So can you recommend any other backroads that would be good ones to start with?
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post #10 of 16 Old 07-31-2013, 08:24 PM
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Are you coming in on I-24? If so you want to get off at the Grand Rivers exit. Hwy 453. Turn left, keep driving, go thru Grand Rivers and then you will be on " The Trace " You'll come upon the info building. Get out, walk around, pick up map. Right across from info is the Canal Loop mountain bike trail. Tough riding on bike. But you should see a road there too with stop sign. Head on that road and explore. It should be road 302. It's fairly mild. If you encounter any holes, please get out and check depth with stick. Also...BUG AND TICK SPRAY! From there continue down Trace to road 112. Then 304 will be on down on the left. When you hit road 108 turn left and look for 303 on the right. It will take you to the lake. Be careful, have fun, let someone know where you are going. That should get you a good run for a while. Mike

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Thanks a lot for the info. Im somewhat familiar with the area because i worked in benton at camp currie for six years in the summer. I have just never explored these roads. And we may be coming from i24 because my wife wants to go back to Patties. Thanks again.
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Thanks a lot for the info. Im somewhat familiar with the area because i worked in benton at camp currie for six years in the summer. I have just never explored these roads. And we may be coming from i24 because my wife wants to go back to Patties. Thanks again.
Ah yes, I remember Camp Currie. Also Hester's Resort was my family. Have a large time. Mike.

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I'm not familiar with hesters. Where is that?
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post #14 of 16 Old 08-01-2013, 03:55 PM
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I'm not familiar with hesters. Where is that?
Down the same road as Camp Currie. Hwy 962 in Fairdealing. Next to the old Will Vera Resort that is now Southern Comfort.

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post #15 of 16 Old 08-29-2013, 07:08 AM
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I hit a bunch of those roads doing the same thing you plan on doing. I was in a 2wd Cherokee I didn't have to much issues, I think there was only one road I got part way down and decided it was to risky getting stuck. I didn't have anyone with me and AT&T cell service is sketchy out there. I just played it safe.

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