Lake Gas Prices

By: Courtney Lassiter Email
By: Courtney Lassiter Email

Gas prices at Marina's at Lake Cumberland are higher than on "land," but it's not keeping boaters at bay.

Boating on Lake Cumberland is as popular as the Kentucky Derby is to the state - except you probably aren't paying as much on gas to get there especially if you are filling up a boat.

Gas prices "on land" are edging near $3-a-gallon while the marinas on the lake are charging their customers upwards of 75 cents more a gallon.

Although tourism was down this weekend at Lake Cumberland, it wasn't because of the gas prices.

"It's something you have to do. It's too much work to pull the boat up to Wal-Mart and get gas for $2.99. It's convenience you are paying for," boater, Kyle Wynk said.

Perhaps it's a little more convenient for Wynk to take his friends out on the lake than it is for most. He drives his parents' boat.

"My dad filled it up on Friday and that was $80," Wynk explained.

Because dear old dad is footing the bill for Kyle and his friends, he's feeling the pinch but not as much.

For instance, Beverly Collins at Jamestown's Houseboat Rentals said, "Everybody pitches in on the boat. Some count pennies when they leave to pay for their fuel."

Collins said some houseboats cost more than $500 to fill.

"Some will be surprised on what they do spend on fuel," Collins said.

Wynk and his friends ran an entire tank of gas out on the lake in just a few hours.

"We went water skiing today - a few of us are still learning," Wynk explained.

These activities are what some boaters avoid. Most dock out on the lake all week to keep from burning gas.

"We usually have the jet ski's and the boat. The jet ski sucks gas so there is no way we could have had that out all day and this [boat]," Wynk said.

So, it seems everyone is scaling back in their own way.

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