Lake Area News

WASHINGTON (WBKO) — An amendment to a water law will keep Kentuckians from paying user fees at Lake Cumberland. Sen. Rand Paul proposed the amendment. The vote passed 95 to 3. It prevents the Army Corps of Engineers from charging

Not only did last weekend’s Lake Cumberland Poker Run mark the 10th anniversary of the event being hosted by Lake Cumberland State Dock in Jamestown, Ky., the popular poker run held on Friday and Saturday had a record number of

Four Kentucky State Park resorts in south-central Kentucky will receive an estimated $4.9 million in safety and aesthetic improvements over the next two years, officials announced Wednesday. The funding comes from $18 million approved this year by Gov. Matt Bevin

Nashville, Tenn. (Aug. 5, 2016) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District has a new policy that governs the operation and use of recreational unmanned aerial systems (UAS) at all Nashville District lakes within the Cumberland River Basin.

Kentucky has more navigable miles of water than any state in the union, other than Alaska, although starting with only three small, naturally occurring lakes. Its many massive manmade bodies of water, however, attract millions of boating, fishing, paddlesporting, swimming

PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) – Last Thursday, Sharon Gorham and her husband were enjoying a boat ride on Lake Cumberland when they saw something swimming in the water. “I thought well it’s a deer, but it was too big to

RUSSELL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) – It was a very busy weekend on Lake Cumberland as people headed south to celebrate Memorial Day. The holiday weekend came quickly for many marina operators who were still scrambling to make repairs after ice

Despite Congressman Hal Rogers’ efforts to block funding for a reallocation study to determine fees cities and industrial users must pay for using water out of Lake Cumberland and share the cost for future repairs to Wolf Creek Dam, the

There was some concern during a dry period the first of April that lack of precipitation would keep Lake Cumberland from reaching pool stage as scheduled on May 15. Not to worry. Five to 7 inches of rain the last

The sudden turn to summer-like weather triggers thoughts of fun on Lake Cumberland and the 101-mile-long body of water is expected to be in perfect shape for the Ohio Navy and other visitors. U.S. 127 will be paved atop Wolf

Trout anglers will soon be fishing in a man-made creek that looks so real the fish won’t even notice the difference. Less than 21 months after ceremonially breaking ground, Kentucky’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, along with partners U.S.

SOMERSET, Ky. U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers has pulled funding for a U.S. Army Corps of Engineer study of Lake Cumberland. The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1T1K9sK) reports Rogers inserted a provision into a $37.4 billion spending bill his committee approved last week

The director of tourism activity in Pulaski County expects a banner year for tourist-related businesses this coming summer with a definite increase in money left behind by visitors to the area. Carolyn Mounce, executive director, Somerset-Pulaski Convention & Visitors Bureau,

A Dallas company has bought State Dock on Lake Cumberland. Suntex Marinas announced the purchase of State Dock, in Russell County, in a news release Thursday. The company and Bill Jasper, former president of State Dock, did not disclose the

The Kentucky Senate has approved a bill that would give public school districts an incentive to start school in late August. Senate Bill 50, sponsored by Sen. Chris Girdler, R-Somerset, was approved 33-4. Several lawmakers said they appreciated that the

JAMESTOWN, Ky. – A determined group of Army Junior ROTC cadets from Pulaski County High School and Southwestern High School planted 4,000 seedlings as part of a once-in-a-lifetime environmental restoration opportunity at a disposal area near Wolf Creek Dam today.

SOMERSET-Cities and businesses that have long used Lake Cumberland as a free water source will have to begin paying once the federal agency that controls the giant reservoir finishes a study of the issue. The price of using the lake

By Lt. Col. Stephen Murphy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District commander SOMERSET, Ky. – A recent article in the Commonwealth Journal alleged that I said (in the author’s words) that water users around Lake Cumberland would soon have

PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) – It’s been more than two weeks since heavy snow caused millions of dollars in damages to marinas on Lake Cumberland. Marina owners are now rushing to make repairs, before boaters arrive in the spring. Lee’s

The Rowan County Board of Education at its last board meeting approved the 2016-17 school calendar. The first day for students is set for Thursday, Aug. 11.  But a bill pending in the Kentucky Senate would push the start date

London will be wet. Registered voters within the city limits took to the polls Tuesday to answer one simple question: “Are you in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages in the city limits of London, Kentucky?” The result was

PULASKI CO., Ky. (WKYT) – Today, cranes could be seen at Lees Ford Marina at Lake Cumberland. Roofs on docks were being lifted to reveal the damaged boats below. This comes almost a week after a snow storm dumped ice

Below is just a sample of the videos taken from Lake Cumberland following the biggest snowfall to be seen in the Lake Cumberland area in many years. The footage taken from helicopters, boaters and even drones shows the almost indescribable

JAMESTOWN, KY (WAVE) – Nature’s wrath gave Lexington video producer Jeb Smith a unique opportunity to audition his company’s newest technology Monday.  And the pictures his drone delivered may give a number of pleasure-boat owners the opportunity to recover some

‘YES’ TO ALCOHOL SALES By a final tally of 3,833 – 3,423, or a 410 vote margin, voters in Russell County voted to go “wet” following an historic special countywide local option election regarding alcohol sales on Tuesday. A total

Next Tuesday, January 19, Russell County voters will go to the polls to answer either “yes” or “no” to the question, “Are you in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages in Russell County, Kentucky?” in the county’s special local

JABEZ, Ky. (WKYT) – The investigation began in June when police say Glen “Randall” Dixon and his son, Josh, who worked at the Lake Cumberland 4 H Educational Center in Jabez, began making off with boxes of gun ammo. “Obviously

Change of administration in Frankfort has put aside an ardent supporter of General Burnside Island State Park, but Elaine Walker, now former commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Parks, has not lost her fervor for developing what she calls one

Did you know there are more than 300 miles of hiking trails at Kentucky State Parks? The parks are open all winter and have a busy schedule of outdoor and indoor events. While you might not have enough time to

The upper section of Hatchery Creek in Russell County will tentatively remain closed until Dec. 11 to allow contractors time to finish renovation work. Completion of this work is weather dependent. This section of creek, which is located below Lake

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With the sound of marine boat motors in the background, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District presented a “Clean Marina” certification flag to a Lake Cumberland marina during a brief ceremony Sept. 10, 2015. Conley

The Poker Run is back and better than ever for 2015! Combining the raw fury of over 150 of the country’s meanest & fastest powerboats with the fun & energy of Mardi Gras, this year’s Poker Run is sure to

After recently announcing his intent to re-introduce a bill that would push back the start of the school year — and extend the tourism season in the process — Senator Chris Girdler is now lobbying for all counties bordering Lake

More favorable construction weather has allowed work to proceed at a brisk pace on new Hatchery Creek below Wolf Creek Dam, and May 1, 2016, has been set as the official opening date of what has been called a trout

Lake Cumberland was recently voted one of the nation’s top vacation spots in a USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Award poll. Voters from across the country participated in the poll and decided the best recreational lake in the country, with

New information about a last week’s shooting at Lake Cumberland, near Conley Bottom, may put thousand of boaters at ease. While he hasn’t released many details, the Wayne County Sheriff said it appears to have been an “accidental shooting.” “It

An Ohio man was killed and his wife was injured in a boating accident Saturday night near Burnside Marina on Lake Cumberland in Pulaski County, state Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources officials said. The couple were identified as David

The Lake Cumberland Raft-Up started in 2010 breaking the Guiness World Record of having the most boats tied up together in a single raft-up. Let’s make this year’s RAFT-UP the best one yet! This is one of the biggest events

BURNSIDE, Ky. (WKYT) – Terry Drysdale of Independence had to wade out to the boat dock to get to his boat after parking his truck and trailer at Gen. Burnside Island State Park Friday afternoon. “I’m hoping I’m tall enough.

SOMERSET — Marina operators were pleased about the potential for a new business opportunity when Congress authorized floating cabins last year on lakes in the Cumberland River basin, including Lake Cumberland. Now, however, some operators are objecting to guidelines on

SOMERSET, Ky. (7/19/15) — The hills around Lake Cumberland are all abuzz, and it’s not with the sound of speedboats. More and more individuals in the area are coming to the county’s office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service

Runoff from heavy rains in the Cumberland River Basin is pushing the level of Lake Cumberland upward to the highest point since the seven-year rehabilitation of Wolf Creek Dam was completed. The lake is predicted to crest Sunday night at

Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! The Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce has issued a list of many job openings in the area. If you know anyone who is looking for a job or new career, have a look at the many job

WAYNE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) – The Wayne County Coroner’s Office has identified a teenager, who drowned at Lake Cumberland. Family members confirm that 18-year-old Carl “Dudeus” Whitaker of Lexington, was pronounced dead at 2:20 p.m. on Saturday. “He had a

The Lake Cumberland Thunder Run: Situated in the beautiful Kentuckyian Lake Cumberland, the run has been going on 7 years strong and showed no signs of slowing down this year. Though it went down before the 4th of July, the

With the season officially changing from spring to summer, the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery (WCNFH) held their “Longest Day of Play” event last Saturday that was free for all children. In a press release from WCNFH, they said that

Some roads in Pulaski County looked more like rivers Wednesday into Thursday. Tim Lippert soon realized crossing Slate Branch Road wasn’t safe, and like everyone else he was following the advice of ‘turn around, don’t drown.’ “We’re having a hard

Lake Cumberland (WKYT) – Those in the boating business say summer is the one time of the year to make your money. “Oh yes, very heartbreaking. Especially our busiest time of the year coming up,” said James Flatt Tuesday, looking

Volunteers needed to open and provide tours of Historic Mill Springs Mill through out the week from May 26th through September 4th.  Mill Springs Mill is located in Monticello, Kentucky and is home to the largest overshot water wheel still in

Tours of Wolf Creek Dam will be held  May 23, June 20, July 4, August 1, and September 5.  If interested in attending a tour –  contact  606-679-6337 The Wolf Creek Dam is a multi-purpose dam on the Cumberland River in the

Zach and Danielle Wilson and their 4-year-old son, Grant, know all about the trials that come with pediatric cancer. When Grant was eight weeks old he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and underwent two years of treatment at the

Good news Russell County; we will be having a Lakefest this year! Lakefest committee head Marcelene Taylor said that the nearly half a century old tradition will make a reappearance this year after being canceled last year due to budget­ary

PULASKI CO., Ky. (WKYT) – Monday evening, Burnside city leaders voted to annex about five acres of Pulaski County park. The park is in Nancy, a dry community, meaning no alcohol is sold. But Monday night’s move will allow them

For more than a decade now in Pulaski County, there has been — to some minds — a giant scarlet “A” hanging overhead: “A” for “annexation.” Some annexations have been less controversial than others, but most have spurred some kind

The latest round of rain on top of heavy snow received last week has caused major damage to boat marinas on Kentucky lakes. An awning that was supposed to protect boats on Cumberland Lake collapsed right on top of them.

The Army Corps of Engineers on Monday released a solicitation for proposals from private companies to build a 10th commercial marina on Lake Cumberland. The solicitation covers up to 407 acres of land and water at Rowena, in Russell County,

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 19, 2015) — Many State Parks are offering events and packages in February to help celebrate Valentine’s Day. Here is a listing of special events (all times local): Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, Jamestown: That’s Amore Weekend, Feb.

FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will collect walleye and sauger from waters throughout the state from late January through spring. “Both the walleye and sauger fisheries in Kentucky wouldn’t be as good without stocking,” said

SOMERSET — State tourism officials are seeking proposals for a developer to build the first privately operated lodge at a Kentucky state park. The state issued a request Wednesday for developers to submit proposals on building a lodge at General

Job Opportunity

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In recognition of their championship season, Judge Gary D. Robertson proclaimed today Russell County Mighty Laker Marching Band Day. Congratulations to the Mighty Laker Band! Class AAA State Champions!!!                                                                                 

The Kentucky State Parks System announced it will offer lodging discounts at its parks across the state for active and former members of the U.S. military starting next month. The state parks system's "USA Military Discount" program begins on Saturday,

Someone you might recognize…In 2010 and 2011, Jordyn Pepper and her family were volunteers at the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery here on Lake Cumberland.  She now now has a record label and has released her premiere music video for

Fall and Winter Holidays are on the horizon. Book now for best selection! Company and Private Parties: Don’t be left hanging for the holidays! Let Jamestown Resort & Marina handle the details from the lodging to food and staff for

Local filmmaker David Williams along with Brian West, a local short film actor, presented the Russell County Arts Council with a $300 donation at the October Council Meeting. David Williams and Brian West had been working on a short action

Some major storms came through the area on Monday with strong winds, hail and oh, just a tornado! Check out this video that a local resident took of a tornado forming near the Wolf Creek Dam on Monday evening.

Wolf Creek NFH has babies! The EED strain of Rainbow Trout eggs that we received on Sept. 4th have hatched. Come by and take a look at these little alevin (fry with yolk sac) before they grow up.

MORE STOCKING: Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery staff along with the Kentucky Department of Fish Wildlife Resources personnel will be stocking the following waters today with Rainbow trout. Trammel Creek-Allen Co…………………..1,250 Casey Creek-Trigg Co………………………1,000 Jennings Creek-Warren Co……………….1,000 Nolin Tailwater-Edmonson Co……………1,750

It was a beautiful day on Lake Cumberland and at Hatchery Creek for the 3rd Annual Wounded Warrior Fishing Event! With 17 participants catching limit after limit of trout as well as many very large Striped Bass it was a

Russell County Hospital have been hard at work choreographing a pink glove dance which is part of a global phenomenon to help build awareness, spread hope, joy and raise funds for the fight against breast cancer. Russell County Hospital partnered

PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) — It’s a problem that started nearly seven years ago! In 2007, the Wolf Creek Dam on Lake Cumberland needed some major repairs. Those repairs caused water levels to drop about forty feet. Thursday, those levels

Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery staff and volunteers processed 300,000 EED strain Rainbow trout eggs from the Erwin National Fish Hatchery in Tennessee today. These trout will grow to stocking size in 16 – 18 months and will be used

PRESS RELEASE September 5, 2014 Captain Jim Durham Striperfun Guide Service www.StriperFun.com 931-403-2501 Two 40 pound plus Stripers caught in the last several weeks at Lake Cumberland by StriperFun Guide Service! StriperFun Guide Service is pleased to announce that it

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ new Boat Sober mobile app for smart phones and tablets informs boaters about boating under the influence and overall boating safety. Boaters planning to enjoy the upcoming Labor Day weekend

Great News! The Russell Springs Downtown Revitalization Committee has secured country singer, Trent Tomlinson for our Festival at the Springs on September 6th. Come out to see the show on Main Street in Russell Springs. Borrowed Blue, the popular Kentucky band

There are more indications that engineers at the Nashville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are confident the seven-year, $594 million rehabilitation of Wolf Creek Dam is a permanent fix for the oft-troubled earthen and concrete structure that

Crews in Pulaski County have recovered the body of a man who jumped into Lake Cumberland on Sunday night and never came back up. According to the Pulaski County Coroner, it appears the 43-year-old victim did a back flip off

Wizard of Oz opens at the Historic Star Theater this August! The Wizard of Oz is historically a sell-out show and one of the largest productions done at the Theater.   The work for the show began back in December and

You saw her on The Voice along with millions of others.  A part of Louisville, Kentucky hip music scene, this up and coming singer is headed for stardom!  As a member of Team Christina on Season 5 of NBC’s hit

Wondering where to spend Independence Day?  Wonder no more.  Jamestown Resort & Marina has a full evening of events planned by the water! Celebrate and enjoy music from the band Klassyc Tymes, magic show and of course the beautiful fireworks

A boating accident near Beaver & Otter Creeks on Lake Cumberland resulted in serious injuries a fire  and two men being airlifted. The Collision occurred around 10:30 Saturday evening when a Pontoon being occupied by James Pettey, his wife Michelle,

These are bare facts. Listen to this 911 conversation about 8:15 p.m. Tuesday. Dispatcher: “911.” “I didn’t know who else to call. I have a very large black bear … in my yard.” 911 dispatcher: “Okay, you need to stay

JAMESTOWN, Ky. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is offering public tours of the Wolf Creek Dam Powerhouse here Saturday, June 21, July 5, Aug. 16 and Sept. 6, 2014. The free guided tours of the structure

Militana earned his first FLW win with four smallmouth bass that exceeded the 18-inch size limit. "My goal was to hit as many spots as possible," said Militana. "I think I hit 30 spots in the tournament. The areas that

Celebrate by wearing your life jacket at all times while boating. And ask your friends and family to do the same! Ready, Set, Wear It! Conley Bottom is proud to announce we will be participating in the fifth-annual “Ready, Set,

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Sen. Chris Girdler was recently joined by prominent members of Kentucky’s houseboat industry as he presented a resolution to the Kentucky General Assembly declaring Kentucky the “Houseboat Capital of the World.” “We hear about Kentucky’s signature industries,

The Lake Cumberland State Resort Park has undergone, and in some cases is still undergoing, several changes the past few months, including a new resort park manager and business manager as well as a renovation of the park's popular restaurant.

Biologists with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources predict the return of Lake Cumberland to its normal summertime level will prove a boon to fishing in the coming years. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Tuesday that

Lake Cumberland's water level will be restored to 723 feet by mid-May, according to officials in Washington D.C. The much welcomed announcement came Tuesday afternoon after Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell personally informed Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY),

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., took to the Senate floor Tuesday to question the Obama administration’s efforts to protect an endangered Kentucky fish by keeping water levels lower than normal at Lake Cumberland, which would hurt recreation on the

Boaters may have to wait another year before Lake Cumberland is refilled to its level before an emergency draw-down seven years ago — and even then, the water level may not be exactly as it was. An endangered fish —

What people do on the water — whether living in a houseboat or traveling upon waterways — is a broad category of human experience, as varied as people are across the world. A fun segment of all that water-loving culture

CUMBERLAND POINT, Ky. (AP) – A salvage company has pulled a water-logged airplane from the bottom of Lake Cumberland in south-central Kentucky. Divers Den owner Dean Littrell and a crew removed the two-seater plane in September, a first for his

FRANKFORT – While the federal government shutdown has temporarily closed several national parks in Kentucky, all Kentucky state parks and private attractions remain open for travelers' and vacationers' enjoyment. The national sites in Kentucky closed by the shutdown are Mammoth

Suspended by rappelling cables and ropes 200 feet in the air, Carl Leunig, and Adrian Kollias, civil engineers with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District and two civilian contractors, Eddie Page and Chad Dahl, precisely lower themselves along

The annual drawdown of Lake Cumberland has begun and the target for Labor Day weekend is at or about 698 feet above sea level. That will be about 6 feet lower than the current level. After summer’s final holiday, the

If there was ever a time when your vote counted, it was in Tuesday’s special ballot election in Jamestown. Only 28 votes difference keeps the city of Jamestown “dry.” In what promised to be a hotly contest- ed fight to

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