Lake Area News

SOMERSET, Ky. – The “PRIDE of the Cumberland,” a vessel operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District is hard at work keeping Lake Cumberland 101 miles of shorelines and waterways clean and free of logs, trash and

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Water Management staff is responding to the effects of unusually heavy rainfall in areas of the upper and mid-Cumberland River Basin July 1-7, 2013 and is managing the release of water from

SOMERSET, Ky. — Heavy rains have pushed the water level on Lake Cumberland higher than the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants it for this summer. Reservoir Operations Manager Tom Hale told The Commonwealth-Journal ( the lake will reach 714

Officials says consider this your warning. Fish and Wildlife Officers will be out all weekend on Kentucky lakes and rivers as a part of a national effort to stop intoxicated boaters. WKYT was out at one of the boat docks

Grider Hill Resort Marina and StriperFun Guide Service are pleased to announce that Grider Hill Resort Marina is the new StriperFun Guide Service “Headquarters”. “We are so excited to be partnering with Captain Jim Durham and StriperFun Guide Service! As

FRANKFORT – The emergency trout regulations on the Cumberland River below Wolf Creek Dam will be eliminated June 15. The temporary regulations on Cumberland went into effect in September, 2009, in which anglers could keep an additional five rainbow trout

JAMESTOWN — The water is back up in Lake Cumberland. Now, businesses in lake country hope visitation will rise as well. This Memorial Day weekend is the first in seven years with the water level in the giant lake close

Joe Haunert of West Chester, Ohio, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Mountain Division event on Lake Cumberland. For his victory, Haunert earned $4,244 plus a $2,000 Ranger Cup

Repairs to Wolf Creek Dam are complete and the water level in Lake Cumberland is rising! This is great news for local residents as well as visitors who are planning their summer vacations in Kentucky. To celebrate the occasion, Clinton,

The completion of the nearly $600 million Wolf Creek Dam rehabilitation project was celebrated at a ceremony last Friday morning at the Russell County Schools' Auditorium. The event was originally supposed to have taken place at the dam site but

It's May and Kentuckians are celebrating the return of spring and beautiful weather in the Bluegrass State. Kentucky has much to be proud of, especially when it comes to natural beauty and the outdoors. When travelers from other parts of

PULASKI CO. Ky. (WKYT) – JD Hamilton is optimistic about the future for his business, Lee’s Ford Marina. “It’s the beginning of a recovery for us,” Hamilton said from his marina, in Pulaski County. 6 years ago a leak at

Officials of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began a series of meetings Tuesday afternoon during which the integrity of recently inserted permanent barrier wall in Wolf Creek Dam will be determined as well as performance of the mile-long structure

JAMESTOWN, Ky. (Jan. 18, 2013) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is ahead of schedule on the Wolf Creek Dam Foundation Remediation Project and is now making plans to raise the water level in Lake Cumberland this

The calendar has finally turned. This is 2013, the year rehabilitation of leaky Wolf Creek Dam is projected for completion.For seven long years, seven summers, seven vacation seasons, local businesses so dependent on tourist trade have persevered.   Lake Cumberland,

FRANKFORT, KY  – Kentucky State Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker announced today that Barry Barenfanger is the new manager at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park in Jamestown.   Barenfanger has 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry and parks. He

The Army Corps of Engineers’ Nashville District is considering limiting boat access on waters immediately above and below all power-generating dams on the Cumberland River, which would include Kentucky’s Wolf Creek Dam at Lake Cumberland and Barkley Dam at Lake

Lake Cumberland Regional Airport survey confirms potential; 142,166 would use air services Somerset — Results of a regional survey of airline travelers announced Tuesday indicate a robust market in this Southern Kentucky area for commuter airline service at Lake Cumberland

JAMESTOWN, KY (9/29/12) – Lake Cumberland State Resort Park near Jamestown will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of its lodge during the weekend of Sept. 28-29.   A ceremony will be held at the lodge on Friday at

U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers says he understands the delays in repairs to a major dam on Lake Cumberland because it is a unique project. Rogers, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said there is plenty of money to complete the

As Jeff Murphy walked out of Main Street Deli Thursday afternoon, a case of Coors in hand, his thoughts were short and to the point. “I’m just really glad it’s here,” he said. The “it” in this case is legal

The Big Fast boats return to Lake Cumberland on Saturday, September 8th for the annual Lake Cumberland Poker Run.  Nationally recognized as one of the top 10 Poker Runs in the country, the Lake Cumberland Poker Run attracts boats from

Burnside, Ky. (WKYT) – It’s the calm before the storm at Lake Cumberland’s Burnside Marina. But the hope here is the ‘storm’ means a rush of boaters and business..and not wind and rain leftover from a hurricane. “With any holiday,

It may have been the same bear. Maybe not.   Anyway, two bear sightings a few days apart in the same general area cause one to wonder if we’re seeing double or maybe the bear population is increasing.   A

Lake Cumberland will return to normal operational levels in stages when the Wolf Creek Dam Rehabilitation Project is complete in December 2013.   The lake will be raised in increments and each stage will be monitored, said Don Getty, manager

OLIVE HILL, Ky. — The Kentucky Parks Department says three more state parks have been given the National Weather Service's "StormReady" designation. The state says a total of eight Kentucky parks have worked with the weather service to prepare for

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

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 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


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

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

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

“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

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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,

“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

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