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Lake Cumberland a hidden jewel in Kentucky

I hope that you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. This year my clan made a trek to Kentucky to visit relatives at Lake Cumberland State Park. This reservoir is a jewel situated in the south-central part of the state.

The lake was formed by the construction of the Wolf Creek Dam in 1952.

Lake Cumberland is an impoundment of the Cumberland River. The lake was originally built for flood control and hydroelectric power, but it has also had an immense economic impact to the surrounding area.

To give you an idea of the draw the lake has, in 1999 it is estimated that 4.75 million visitors came to the area and left an over $150 million of their dollars in the hands of the people who live and call the region home.

Lake Cumberland is the ninth largest reservoir in the United States and covers more than 65,000 surface acres and stretches for 101 miles. At its widest point, the lake is more than a mile across. This lake is massive, majestic and a magnet for tourists from all parts of the country.

The lake is well-known for its houseboats. There is a large rental business on the reservoir as well as many privately owned houseboats.

I learned that there are approximately 1,500 houseboats that call Lake Cumberland home.

I have traveled to massive impoundments all across the United States and cannot think of another that has the houseboat business this lake supports.

Lake Cumberland also hosts many fishing tournaments throughout the year.

Last year, the FLW series made the highland reservoir a stop for an event and the series plans on returning there in April 2018.

Not only does the main lake offer great fishing for multiple species, but the tailwaters hold numerous state records for various varieties of trout as well.

One of the main attractions on the lake is Lake Cumberland State Park. Kentucky has an amazing park system throughout its borders, but the lodge, grounds and accommodations at Lake Cumberland make for an amazing family getaway.

They have individual lodge rooms, a conference center, cabins for rent, as well as a campground, marina, disc golf course, lodge with full restaurant, and multiple hiking trails and endless expanses of amazing views.

The park is the No. 1 revenue generator in the Kentucky park system, therefore some renovations are taking place.

If you have been to the park in the past, you may notice some remodeling work that has been done the next time you head there for a visit.

When we head to the park for the family reunion, the group rents three adjoining cabins and several lodge rooms. Days are spent talking with family, hiking, hanging out by the water’s edge, playing bags, and gathering around a campfire every night.

The best part of the entire Thanksgiving reunion is letting the main restaurant at the lodge prepare, serve and clean up the big meal.

The food at the state park is well-prepared and would satisfy even the most discerning holiday banquet connoisseur.

Yes, the state of Kentucky understands how to make great state parks for public use.

Their flagship park at Lake Cumberland is something worth the time and effort to visit. Besides, driving through the rolling hills of southern Kentucky is quite relaxing as the scenery passes by.

If you ever pass through the region, take a day and explore one of the most popular destinations the State of Kentucky has to offer.

I am sure that you will agree Lake Cumberland is something special.

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