Nolin River Accessible Again!

posted Sep 4, 2018, 2:16 PM by Will S   [ updated Sep 14, 2018, 5:35 PM by Friends Of Nolin Lake ]

Effective August 29, 2018 the Nolin River within Mammoth Cave National Park is once again open to paddlers. Open this topic to read the attached news release...

Conditions Along Nolin River

posted Aug 8, 2017, 8:42 AM by Danielle Treadway   [ updated Sep 14, 2018, 5:35 PM by Friends Of Nolin Lake ]

Effective 8/1/17- Recent changes in water level resulting from the removal of Lock and Dam No. 6 on the Green River downstream have resulted in lower water levels on the Nolin River, a tributary to the Green. Dewatering of the banks has caused many trees to fall inward across the relatively narrow stream. The lower water level has also exposed numerous submerged limbs, trunks, boulders and other hazards.

The Nolin River in Mammoth Cave National Park is now considered largely impassible for the time being, and navigation is strongly discouraged. Numerous portages are required. Only very experienced canoeists and kayakers should attempt passage.
If launching from the Nolin River Lake Tailwater, review the information on the bulletin board regarding river conditions. 
Google Earth imagery of a section of Nolin River in Mammoth Cave National Park is typical of the obstacles along the entire route of the river. 

Friends Wanted

posted Feb 3, 2017, 5:42 AM by Danielle Treadway   [ updated Sep 14, 2018, 5:35 PM by Friends Of Nolin Lake ]

We want you!! Friends are always wanted, needed, and welcomed.  Join the Friends of Nolin now!!

Lakefront Property Certification Program

posted Jul 29, 2013, 8:52 AM by Glenna W Black   [ updated Sep 14, 2018, 5:34 PM by Friends Of Nolin Lake ]

The Friends of Nolin Lake, Corps of Engineers, and other partners have seen the need for several years to combat non-point source pollution at Nolin River Lake.  

Undertaking programs and projects to combat pollution will help keep our water clean, promote community involvement, and show the surrounding communities that we are dedicated to making Nolin better.  

In the past years, a Lakefront Property Certification Program was envisioned.  Two grants were applied for to get this program off the ground.  We are optimistic that the program will receive funding in 2014.  Below you will find a summary of the program as currently proposed.  In the meantime if you are interested in instituting any of these best management practices, please contact us at or call NRL Corps of Engineers office 270-286-4511.  

The above picture is an example of badly eroded shoreline and it shows Ranger, Danielle Treadway and volunteer, Carl Suk planting vegetative buffers to reduce sediment and nutrient runoff.

Below is a PDF document you can open and read more about the lakefront property certification program we are pursuing for Nolin River Lake.

If you would like to help the Friends of Nolin Lake in our mission to keep our lake safe, clean, and enjoyable please do so by becoming a member for only $25 a year per family.  Your donation to our membership program helps with funding environmental programs such as the lakefront property certification program, lake activities such as two sets of fireworks, and multi-purpose trails such as the Southwest Kentucky Mountain Bike Association project at Brier Creek (Nolin Lake State Park).  

Online Membership Sign-up Form 

Golf Cart Safety

posted Oct 26, 2012, 1:48 PM by Glenna W Black   [ updated Sep 14, 2018, 5:34 PM by Friends Of Nolin Lake ]


Disclaimer: Friends of Nolin Lake is not endorsing the use of golf carts on neighborhood county roads.  This is simply an article on safety. Kentucky Statute 189.286 states that local government can pass an ordinance to approve golf carts on their county roads.  Check with your county for their laws.

Golf Carts Aren't Just for Golfers

- Keith Piercy, Compliance Safety and Health Officer, Tampa OSHA Area Office

I don't play golf. Nor, I suspect, do a lot of you. It doesn't matter. This story isn't just about golf.  That's because golf carts are no longer just on golf courses. You see them all over‐‐on campuses, large plant facilities and in warehouses. They're also typically used as work vehicles to transport workers and equipment from one building or job site to another.  So, safe use of golf carts is an important topic. This is especially true when you consider that some workers have a tendency to view them as toys and ride around on them without worrying about the danger, but golf carts are dangerous.

They can tip over, tumble down damp hills and collide with other vehicles. Golf carts have become a popular mode of transportation, on and off the links because of their small size, low maintenance, and ease of use. Case reports suggest severe, debilitating injuries as consequences of golf cart incidents. An estimated 48,255 golf cart‐related injuries occurred in the U.S. between 2002 and 2005; the injury rate was 4.14 out of a 100,000 population. The highest injury rates were observed in 10 to 19 year‐olds and those aged 80 and older. Males had a higher injury rate than females. 1 From an occupational standpoint, nationwide between 05/01/2007 and 05/01/2011, OSHA investigated 21 fatalities involving golf cart type equipment; 7 of which occurred in Region IV. Fifty‐two percent of the fatalities occurred at golf and club type facilities. 2 These accidents were caused by employees who did not take precautions, or generally ignored the rules. Primary causes of the accidents included cart overturns, falling/jumping from moving golf carts, collisions with another vehicle or stationary object, and struck/run over by carts.

However simple the rules may be, it is important to adhere to them and help everyone to stay safe. Here are a few simple rules:

Before You Drive

  • Make sure the horn, brakes and lights work.
  • Check the back-up alarm, tire pressure and battery fluid.
  • Before backing up, ensure the area behind you is clear of all obstacles, including vehicles and pedestrians.

Passenger Safety

  • Observe passenger limits. Only two people should ride in a two-person cart and four in a four-person cart.
  • Wear the seatbelt and make sure passengers wear theirs.
  • Don't stand up in a moving golf cart and don't let your passengers either.

Stopping and Parking

  • Don't park in front of emergency exits, fire hydrants, fire lanes, sidewalks, ramps, or doors.
  • When parking, set the brake, place the cart in neutral and remove the key.
  • Secure the parked golf cart with a cable or other locking mechanism.

Transporting Goods

  • If the golf cart is used to transport equipment, there are some special safety rules to consider:
  • Transport materials during periods of low traffic and pedestrian activity.
  • Don't overload the cart. Take only the bare minimum.
  • Make sure the materials are securely fastened.
  • Loads should not extend more than a foot from either side or front of the golf cart.
  • Use brightly colored material to flag any loads that extend more than three feet (one meter) from the rear of the cart.

When You Drive

  • Drive only in designated areas and stay off city streets.
  • Drive beside pedestrian walkways (not on them).
  • Observe all standard rules of the road, such as coming to a complete stop at stop signs, signaling before a turn and keeping to the right, except to pass.
  • Yield to other vehicles and pedestrians.
  • Don't drive faster than a quick-paced walk.
  • Slowdown in wet conditions and on steep slopes when approaching corners, intersections/blind spots, and in areas of heavy pedestrian traffic.
  • Slow down for speed bumps and uneven pavement. Keep off curbs.
  • To avoid tipping, drive the cart straight up and straight down slopes - not on the diagonal.
  • Don't drive while distracted. If something other than driving the cart has your attention, stop the vehicle. This includes eating, talking on a cell phone or jotting down notes.

1. The National Center for Biotechnology Information, Incidence of golf cart‐related injury in the United States.

2. OSHA Fatality and Catastrophe Investigation Summaries

NOAA's Safe Boating Tips

posted Jul 31, 2012, 8:06 AM by Glenna W Black   [ updated Sep 14, 2018, 5:33 PM by Friends Of Nolin Lake ]

With boating season already under way, NOAA and the National Safe Boating Council are asking boaters, sailors and water enthusiasts to remember important boating facts and safety tips when heading out on the water. Your life could depend on them!


Did you know that:

  • In 2011, 758 people died in 4,588 boating accidents. Seventy percent of all fatal boating accident victims drowned. Of those, 84 percent were reported as not wearing a life jacket.
  • Oceans cover roughly 72 percent of the Earth’s surface. Yet, the majority of boating deaths occur on lakes and rivers — even though they comprise less than one percent of the Earth’s surface. In 2011, 600 people died in lakes and rivers.  In contrast, 21 people died at sea. 
  • Only 11 percent of people died on boats where the operator had received boating safety training.  Knowing how to properly operate a boat is critical.
  • Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in fatal boat accidents. Alcohol was deemed a primary factor in 16 percent of deaths in 2011. 
  • Adverse weather can play a major role in boating accidents.  In 2011, 54 people died and 114 were injured in 235 accidents where the weather was a primary factor. 
  • Rough seas and strong winds can certainly lead to boating accidents and deaths, but the majority of those occur in calm seas and light wind. Twenty-five people died in 2011 when winds were greater than 25 mph; 352 people died when winds ranged between 0 and 6 mph.
  • In 70- to 80-degree F water, it can take only a few hours to exhibit signs of hypothermia, such as such as exhaustion, slurred speech or unconsciousness. Alcohol consumption also increases your risk of hypothermia, which can be fatal. Don’t be fooled into thinking you’ll be okay if you’re thrown overboard into warmer waters.

So, before you go out on the water:

  • Know your risk: Be familiar with the body of water you want to boat in. Learn the rules of boating by taking a safe boating course. Download the nautical charts you’ll need for your excursion. Check the marine weather forecast before going out on the water; weather can change quickly, so plan for all types of weather hazards. 
  • Be prepared: Make sure your vessel has the required equipment such as life jackets, a first aid kit and an emergency beacon. Develop an emergency plan that includes more than one way to get your boat out of trouble. Create a float plan, and tell a friend or family member when and where you’ll be boating— including the day and time you will return. Buy a NOAA Weather Radio and pay close attention to marine watches, warnings and advisories.
  • Be an example: Share safe boating tips with your friends, family, co-workers and your social media network. Remind everyone of the importance of wearing a life jacket and taking a safe boating course. The information you share might just save lives.

To learn more, visit the National Safe Boating Council and National Weather Service Marine Forecasts web pages.

Drowning may NOT look like you think

posted Jul 21, 2010, 7:49 AM by Glenna W Black   [ updated Sep 14, 2018, 5:33 PM by Friends Of Nolin Lake ]

The new captain jumped from the cockpit, fully dressed, and sprinted through the water. A former lifeguard, he kept his eyes on his victim as he headed straight for the owners who were swimming between their anchored sportfisher and the beach. "I think he thinks you're drowning," the husband said to his wife. They had been splashing each other and she had screamed but now they were just standing, neck-deep on the sand bar. "We're fine, what is he doing?" she asked, a little annoyed. "We're fine!" the husband yelled, waving him off, but his captain kept swimming hard. "Move!" he barked as he sprinted between the stunned owners. Directly behind them, not ten feet away, their nine-year-old daughter was drowning. Safely above the surface in the arms of the captain, she burst into tears, "Daddy!"


How did this captain know, from fifty feet away, what the father couldn't recognize from just ten? Drowning is not the violent, splashing, call for help that most people expect. The captain was trained to recognize drowning by experts and years of experience. The father, on the other hand, had learned what drowning looks like by watching television. If you spend time on or near the water (hint: that's all of us) then you should make sure that you and your crew knows what to look for whenever people enter the water. Until she cried a tearful, "Daddy," she hadn't made a sound. As a former Coast Guard rescue swimmer, I wasn't surprised at all by this story. Drowning is almost always a deceptively quiet event. The waving, splashing, and yelling that dramatic conditioning (television) prepares us to look for, is rarely seen in real life.


The Instinctive Drowning Response - so named by Francesco A. Pia, Ph.D.,  is what people do to avoid actual or perceived suffocation in the water.  And it does not look like most people expect.  There is very little splashing, no waving, and no yelling or calls for help of any kind.  To get an idea of just how quiet and undramatic from the surface drowning can be, consider this:  It is the number two cause of accidental death in children, age 15 and under (just behind vehicle accidents) - of the approximately 750 children who will drown next year, about 375 of them will do so within 25 yards of a parent or other adult.  In ten percent of those drownings, the adult will actually watch them do it, having no idea it is happening (source: CDC).  Drowning does not look like drowning - Dr. Pia, in an article in the Coast Guard's On Scene Magazine, described the instinctive drowning response like this:


Except in rare circumstances, drowning people are physiologically unable to call out for help. Th e respiratory system was designed for breathing. Speech is the secondary or overlaid function. Breathing must be fulfilled, before speech occurs.

Drowning people's mouths alternately sink below and reappear above the surface of the water. The mouths of drowning people are not above the surface of the water long enough for them to exhale, inhale, and call out for help.

When the drowning people's mouths are above the surface, they exhale and inhale quickly as their mouths start to sink below the surface of the water.

Drowning people cannot wave for help. Nature instinctively forces them to extend their arms laterally and press down on the water's surface. Pressing down on the surface of the water, permits drowning people to leverage their bodies so they can lift their mouths out of the water to breathe.

Throughout the Instinctive Drowning Response, drowning people cannot voluntarily control their arm movements. Physiologically, drowning people who are struggling on the surface of the water cannot stop drowning and perform voluntary movements such as waving for help, moving toward a rescuer, or reaching out for a piece of rescue equipment.

From beginning to end of the Instinctive Drowning Response people's bodies remain upright in the water, with no evidence of a supporting kick. Unless rescued by a trained lifeguard, these drowning people can only struggle on the surface of the water from 20 to 60 seconds before submersion occurs.

(Source: On Scene Magazine: Fall 2006)

This doesn't mean that a person that is yelling for help and thrashing isn't in real trouble - they are experience aquatic distress. Not always present before the instinctive drowning response, aquatic distress doesn't last long

- but unlike true drowning, these victims can still assist in there own rescue.  They can grab lifelines, throw rings, etc.


Look for these other signs of drowning when persons are in the water:

  • Head low in the water, mouth at water level
  • Head tilted back with mouth open
  • Eyes glassy and empty, unable to focus
  • Eyes closed
  • Hair over forehead or eyes
  • Not using legs -
  • Vertical Hyperventilating or gasping
  • Trying to swim in a particular direction but not making headway
  • Trying to roll over on the back
  • Ladder climb, rarely out of the water.

So if a crew member falls overboard and every looks O.K. - don't be too sure.

Sometimes the most common indication that someone is drowning is that they don't look like they're drowning.  They may just look like they are treading water and looking up at the deck.  One  way to be sure?  Ask them: "Are you alright?" If they can answer at all - they probably are.  If they return  a blank stare - you may have less than 30 seconds to get to them.  And parents: children playing in the water make noise. When they get quiet, you get to them and find out why.

Water Safety Awareness

posted Dec 22, 2009, 10:05 AM by Friends of Nolin Lake   [ updated Sep 14, 2018, 5:32 PM by Friends Of Nolin Lake ]

Water safety applies to everyone on the lake during all seasons.  Take a moment to read a good article on water safety from the Kentucky Lake Boating website.  The article is about tips for a safe boating experience on the lake.  There is a paragraph on water skiing, a person overboard, passengers, before leaving on your boating trip, while underway, fueling tips, power line dangers, and weather.  Be sure and browse the other links given on the site for more information

The Corps of Engineers provides many programs on water safety and would be happy to supply your neighborhood or organization with information. Call them at 270-286-4511 if you need training on water safety.

1-8 of 8