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JAMESTOWN, Ky. (Aug. 17, 2012) – Construction crews at the Wolf Creek Dam Foundation Remediation Project reached a lofty safety milestone today when the men and women installing a concrete barrier wall deep into the dam’s embankment reached 550 days

SOMERSET, Ky. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is closing Kendall and Waitsboro campgrounds at Lake Cumberland earlier than scheduled in 2012 due to internal roadway repairs. Kendall Campground is closing Nov. 4, 2012. Its anticipated reopen

SOMERSET, Ky. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District made a big splash when its park rangers at Lake Cumberland partnered with the Somersplash Water Park to promote water safety Aug. 4, 2012. Tammy Wilburn, aquatics supervisor at

As Somerset businesses ready themselves to sell alcohol in the wake of June’s historic vote, grocery stores and gas stations with an interest in selling wine and spirits had to make special preparations that many competitors didn’t.   Now, it

While Monday mornings may not be all that great for many of us, this past Monday was probably a little worse, or possibly better for a woman from Michigan visiting State Dock here at the lake. Cheryl and her husband

Some vacationers go to crowded theme parks and campgrounds. They’ll spend their hard-earned vacation time being stuck in lines, traffic and parking lots. Some of us truly want to get away from people. It’s not that we’re anti-social; it’s just

JAMESTOWN, Ky – Take special precautions when fishing below a dam by boat.  The water will “boil up” suddenly, trapping or capsizing unprepared boaters.  The generators of many hydropower dams start with little or no warning.  The following tips are

THE LAKE CUMBERLAND STRIPER FISHING REPORT By Captain Jim Durham – StriperFun Guide Service Staff Writer for DATE OF REPORT: July 23rd, 2012 LAKE CONDITIONS • Latest water temperature: 87.1° F surface (Fishing Creek) July 31st, 2012 • Latest

If you filed for an extension you could still be in tax season or you might just be preparing for the next one. Either way, boaters are using, or some are considering using, their houseboat to conduct a business enterprise.

THE LAKE CUMBERLAND STRIPER FISHING REPORT By Captain Jim Durham – StriperFun Guide Service Staff Writer for DATE OF REPORT: July 11th, 2012 LAKE CONDITIONS • Latest water temperature: 87.2° F surface (Halfway out Fishing Creek) July 10th, 2012

The 3,300-hp turbine-powered catamaran caught fire during a practice run. Despite this year’s relatively small 29-boat fleet for the annual Super Boat International Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix in Sarasota, Fla., the event was far from devoid of significant news. That’s

THE LAKE CUMBERLAND STRIPER FISHING REPORT By Captain Jim Durham – StriperFun Guide Service Staff Writer for DATE OF REPORT: June 23rd, 2012 LAKE CONDITIONS • Latest water temperature: 81.2° F surface (Halfway out Fishing Creek) June 22nd, 2012


Somerset votes 2,167 to 1,464 to end Prohibition & begin new era The results came in slowly at first, a precinct at a time, like droplets falling from the rim of an empty beer bottle. The “yes” votes, signifying approval

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 26, 2012) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District announced today continued impacts due to drought conditions within the Cumberland River Basin. A mild winter across the region, above average temperatures this spring, and insufficient

With Tuesday’s potentially landscape-altering alcohol vote looming, key figures from both sides of the debate are weighing their chances in the last weekend before the public decides. When asked respectively how they felt about their sides’ chances in the option

Every year for about 10 years we joined our friends and their families on Lake Cumberland in Monticello, Ky., for a week of water-skiing, eating and fellowship. A brief meeting during the winter and a trusted notebook assured that we

JAMESTOWN, Ky. (June 22, 2012) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District reached a major milestone here this week at the Wolf Creek Dam Foundation Remediation Project when work crews installed the 433rd and final panel in completing

One thing Somerset’s leaders can agree on: However Tuesday’s “wet/dry” option election goes, it will be in the hands of the voters. No one in any sort of office gets to decide the matter unilaterally. However, that doesn’t mean that

Tailrace at Wolf Creek Dam is one of the most popular trout fishing spots in Kentucky. With the spring fishing season in full swing, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers warns that waters immediately downriver from a dam can be

Have you seen the newest trend in water sports? People are standing on oversized surfboards and paddling through the water on lakes and rivers everywhere. Most water sports have typically been limited to those with superior balance because of the

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Striped bass anglers on Lake Cumberland may now keep smaller fish than in the past. The minimum size limit for striped bass in the lake has dropped to 22 inches, a two-inch reduction from the previous 24-inch

To V Or Not To V

Now that’s a question. Are you better off with a stern drive or a V-drive? Lately, there’s been a tricky choice facing anyone buying a fishboat or cruiser in the 28′ to 34′ range – a choice that stumps even

“Dry” supporters will rejoice. “Wet” activists will cringe. But Somerset holds a unique standing in the Commonwealth of Kentucky — it’s the largest city in the state not to have any kind of legal alcohol sales. Joseph Coleman, research and

Kentucky State Parks are holding two surplus auctions, in June and July at Lake Cumberland and Lake Barkley. The auctions will include, but not be limited to, items such as tractors, golf carts, sofas, dining room sets, paddle boats, mowers,

There’s been plenty of back-and-forth debate between the “wet” and “dry” forces lately about what an alcohol-legal Somerset might be like. But what do those in other cities — ones where expanded drink sales have become a recent reality —

A new project manager has been named to oversee the $594 million rehabilitation of Wolf Creek Dam. Don Getty succeeds David Hendrix who has been in charge of the project since the work began in 2007. Hendrix has been promoted

The local unemployment rate dipped significantly from March to April, but Wayne County’s rate is still among the highest in Kentucky, according to the latest figures released by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training. Wayne County’s unemployment rate—the ninth

“Oh my gosh, yes! There’s plenty of water. This is a beautiful lake.” JoAnn Lecture looked excitedly at the pristine waters slightly rippled by a restless breeze. She and friends were about to launch their boat on Lake Cumberland at

You’re taking delivery of a brand new houseboat. She was sail-away-ready at the boat show and priced to sell. The bad news is that you’ll probably need tons of gear to make the boat truly ready. The good news is

Most boaters don’t want every large lake and inland waterway turned into one giant No-Wake zone because a small minority of operators ignore boat noise laws. With fines for violations no longer inexpensive, it’s time for an update. Engine noise

2012 Houseboat Expo June 8th 2:00pm-7:00pm, June 9th 10:00am-6:00 pm, June 10th 11:00am-4:00pm The 4th ON-WATER 2012 National Houseboat Expo will be held at the State Dock Marina on Lake Cumberland June 8, 9 and 10. The Kentucky marina is

NASHVILLE, TN (6/7/12) – In celebration of the U.S. Army’s 237th birthday June 14, 2012, day-use fees are being waived at all U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District day use areas by Lt. Col. James A. DeLapp, district commander.

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This past Saturday Crappie USA held a qualifying event on Kentucky’s Lake Cumberland near Burnside, Kentucky. These anglers from 9 different states were competing for not only cash and prizes, but a chance to advance to the prestigious Cabela’s Crappie

It’s April, and everyone in Somerset should know what that means: It’s time to rev up for Somernites Cruise. The first edition of Pulaski County’s always-popular classic car show will be on April 28, and as is often the case,

Lake Cumberland offers some of the best striped bass fishing in Kentucky, and springtime is a good time to test your tackle with this exciting, hard-fighting species. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has been stocking striped bass

“Wet” and “dry” minded alike, mark down Tuesday, June 26 on your 2012 calendar: That’s when you’ll want to head for the polls. Tuesday, June 26 was officially set as the date for an option election in the City of

At the April meeting of the Burnside City Council this past week, mayor Ron Jones asked the council to consider a tax on documented boats — specifically referring to houseboats, rather than smaller, speedier vessels — which are being stored

Somerset — “When the Corps of Engineers announces Wolf Creek Dam is safe; when Lake Cumberland is back to normal, it will have a tremendously positive impact on the houseboat industry.” The prediction is by Pulaski County’s own James (Jim)

Progress Somerset is making progress toward its goal — a vote for alcohol sales in town. David Weddle, founder of the Progress Somerset group — which launched last weekend with  the mailing of petitions to voters in the city limits

Money is in the federal budget for continued normal operation of the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued safety guidelines for hundreds of fishermen who enjoy trout fishing in the Cumberland River

Thoroughbred Houseboats announced today they have acquired Sumerset Houseboats. “The name Sumerset has been synonymous with quality for many years,”said Thoroughbred President Shawn Heinien. “Thoroughbred Houseboats is excited to carry on the legacy of this great brand and plans to incorporate

Russell County is now one of 21 Kentucky counties approved for disaster relief funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). County Judge Executive Gary Robertson received the approval notification Tuesday afternoon. According to Emergency Management Director H.M. Bottom, the

The latest report by Severe Weather Expert & Meteorologist Joe Sullivan says last week’s tornado reached winds of 130 m.p.h. and was on the ground for 7.2 miles, quite a distance longer than a preliminary estimate of just over four

A second round of severe thunderstorms and tornados swept through the southern United States on Friday, affecting Kentucky and the Lake Cumberland Area for the second time in three days. The most severe weather that affected Russell and surrounding counties

A confirmed tornado ripped through a northern Pulaski County community Wednesday — and another strong storm system could be on the way. “The only difference between Wednesday’s forecast and Friday’s forecast is in the timing,” said Jackson Weather Service Lead

The National Weather Service visited northern Russell County Thursday morning to survey damage from Wednesday’s severe weather that affected numerous homes and buildings in the area.  The NWS determined that an EF-2 tornado did in fact touch down in northern

A severe thunderstorm, and most likely a tornado, caused extensive damage to numerous homes, barns and other property in northern Russell County just after 1:00 p.m. Wednesday.  Russell County Emergency Management Director H.M. Bottom told WJRS NEWS that despite some

The first protective concrete embankment wall panel has been successfully created inside Critical Area 1 at Wolf Creek Dam. David Hendrix, manager of the Wolf Creek Dam Rehabilitation Project, said Thursday the panel was put in place without incident or

Russell County has been certified by the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board as a “Kentucky Work Ready Community In Progress”.  In making the announcement on Thursday….Governor Steve Beshear said “Russell County is one of the first Kentucky counties to be certified in


COMMON SENSE, COURTESY AND LAW ABOUT EQUAL Pack out all of your trash and dispose of it properly in designated containers. Allow campfire to completely burn everything and then extinguish. Throw cigarette butts in fire to burn up or pack


LAUNCHING AT THE RAMP Never let anyone ride in the boat while it’s being backed down a ramp into the water. Be properly prepared when arriving at launch ramp. Boat packed, drain plug in and straps undone. If you are

State Dock

Reconnect with the ones you love! Houseboat vacations are the perfect chance to reconnect with family and friends. Enjoy tremendous fun for every generation without the distractions of crowds, lines and commercialization. Lake Cumberland State Dock is located at the

Lake User’s Guide

The lake’s shoreline measures 1,255 miles and the lake is spread over 65,530 acres!

Wolf Creek Dam off limits (Nov. 8, 2011) Wolf Creek Dam noisy work quietly moves forward (May 31, 2011)   Introduction Welcome to the Nashville District's web site for the  Wolf Creek Dam Seepage Rehabilitation Project. Currently, these issues are