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Anybody want a bison? Big Bone Lick State Historic Site has three up for auction; deadline is Feb. 10

The Kentucky Department of Parks is auctioning three bison at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site. The cow, heifer and bull are being sold in one lot. The deadline for sealed bids is Feb. 10. This heifer is one of the three up for auction Bids should include your name, address and daytime telephone number. A $100 deposit is required with all bids (check or money order); deposit check returned to all...

Step back in time — 37th annual Salt Festival set for Oct. 18-20 at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

Step back in time as Big Bone Lick State Historic Site returns to days long past during the 37th annual Salt Festival the weekend of Oct. 18-20. The festival features live demonstrations of pioneer lifeways and frontier skills. Enjoy folk and Bluegrass music, listen to a storyteller, view prehistoric Ice Age artifacts, and observe a blacksmith working red-hot iron. See how salt was extracted from...

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site to offer Lewis and Clark Exploration Series beginning May 25

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site invites you to learn more about one of the greatest expeditions in American history, the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery that began in 1803. The Northern Kentucky park is hosting a three-part Lewis and Clark Exploration Series this summer that will allow participants to see what it was like to explore unknown parts of the United States. Meriwether Lewis and William...

Kentucky State Parks getting $50 million more in improvements to ‘guest experiences’

Announcing $50 million in infrastructure projects to bolster and make improvements to Kentucky State Parks, Gov. Matt Bevin has ceremonially signed House Bill 268, a measure that made the parks funding possible. The $50 million for parks was included in a bond issue approved earlier this year by Gov. Bevin and the 2019 General Assembly. The money will address the most critical needs within the parks...

Department of Parks accepting bids for four bison at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site until February 18

The Kentucky Department of Parks are accepting bids for four bison at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site. The four-year-old cow and three bulls, all less than a year old, are in excellent health. They are being sold in a single lot. Bids are being accepted Feb. 4-18. For questions or to make an appointment to see the bison, contact Paul Simpson at (859) 384-3522 or email paul.simpson@ky.gov Bids should...

Pioneer life, frontier skills: Salt Festival set for October 19-21 at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

Step back in time as Big Bone Lick State Historic Site returns to days long past during the 36th annual Salt Festival the weekend of Oct. 19-21. The festival features live demonstrations of pioneer lifeways and frontier skills. Enjoy folk and bluegrass music, listen to a storyteller, view prehistoric Ice Age artifacts, and observe a blacksmith working red-hot iron. Guests can also see how salt...

Big Bone Lick fish relocated by state Fish and Wildlife team, as leaking dam is evaluated

Helping save fish facing an uncertain future and improving a public fishing opportunity at the same time were all in day’s work for a team of fisheries biologists and technicians with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources this week. The department offered its assistance to the Kentucky Department of Parks after the recent discovery of a leaking dam at Big Bone Lick State Historic...

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site lowers lake level to reduce chance of dam failure after leak found

State officials are drawing down the water level of a small lake at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site in Boone County because of a leak in the dam. (Photo from Kentucky State Parks) The drawing down of water is intended to reduce the chance of a sudden failure of the dam at the 9.6-acre lake and provide an opportunity for the Department of Parks to access the damage. The dam is classified as a low-hazard...

Kentucky State Parks accepting bids for sale of three pair of bison from Big Bone Lick through Feb. 19

The Kentucky Department of Parks is accepting bids on six bison at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site in Union. The bison are being sold in three groups of two.  The department is accepting sealed bids on the three lots through noon, Feb. 19, 2018. For questions and plans to see the bison, contact Paul Simpson at the park in Boone County at 859-384-3522 or email paul.simpson@ky.gov Bids must include...

Kentucky State Parks plans New Year’s Eve celebrations with events at parks across state

The Kentucky State Parks will celebrate the start of 2018 with several New Year’s Eve parties and events planned at resort parks across the state. Dinner buffets, entertainment, dancing and theater are among the options at the parks on Dec. 31. Many parks are offering lodging packages that include entertainment and meals. For more details on New Year’s Eve events at Kentucky State Parks, visit...

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site’s Salt Festival offers a step back in time to days of pioneer living

Step back in time as Big Bone Lick State Historic Site returns to days long past during the 35th annual Salt Festival the weekend of Oct. 13-15. The festival features demonstrations of pioneer living, frontier skills, traditions, and lifeways. Browse the crafters corner to see the many handcrafted items for sale and find lots of good eats at the food court. Enjoy folk and bluegrass music, listen...

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site celebrates pioneer lifestyle through 34th annual Salt Festival

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site will celebrate pioneer lifestyles at the 34th annual Salt Festival Oct. 14-16. The festival will feature demonstrations of pioneer living, skills and traditions. Guests will have to opportunity to browse the crafters corner and see the many handcrafted items for sale. Food will be available at the food court. Guests can also enjoy folk and bluegrass music, listen...

Native American Inter-Tribal Weekend July 16-17 at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site will host a Native American Inter-Tribal Weekend July 16-17. Co-hosted by the Deer Valley Inter-Tribal Learning Circle, the weekend is dedicated to celebrating the Native American cultures of the Northern Kentucky region. There will be a Native American encampment, several demonstrations and two traditional Drums. Big Bone Lick State Historic Site will host a Native...

Want to buy a bison? Big Bone Lick park has two calves for sale, sealed bids accepted through Feb. 29

The Kentucky Department of Parks is offering two bison calves for sale by auction. The department is accepting sealed bids on the two male calves at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site Feb. 15 through noon, Feb. 29. The calves were born in April and July of 2015. The department is accepting sealed bids on the two male calves at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site Feb. 15 through noon, Feb. 29. The calves...