Lake Cumberland Tourism

By: Sarah Goebel Email
By: Sarah Goebel Email

You may have heard there's no water at Lake Cumberland, but that's not the case and employees at Jamestown Marina say although the water level is lower because of leakage at Wolf Creek Dam they haven't seen a difference in tourism.

On the other hand, the Army Corps of Engineers said tourism was down about 20,000 people Memorial Day weekend.

"There's usually boats everyplace," local boater, Terry Stephens said.

Stephens has lived in Russell Springs all his life and is no stranger to Lake Cumberland.

"We keep a house boat, pontoons, roundabouts and stuff, wave runners and stuff here on the lake - and have for years," Stephens explained.

Stephens and his fishing buddies said they've never seen the lake so dead.

"It makes for great fishing though because there's not any wake," Stephens said.

"The first thing you notice is parking accommodations. Holidays you can never get parking, but this year it wasn't an issue," Stephens said.

Even during the week it's been slower than usual, but these fisherman say there's nothing to worry about.

"It's unfortunate because there's an awful lot of water out here," Stephens said.

Even though the water level isn't far off from normal, Stephens said people are scared there's not enough water to boat and he's worried about the area's economy.

"All the restaurants and businesses are set in the way. This area depends on tourism dollars," Stephens explained.

Lake employees disagree with these locals, they say business has never been better.

"So far this year it seems fine. It seems like people are coming to see if we have water or not," said Celestie Phillips, a fuel pier cashier.

There's one thing these fisherman know, they'll be back soon even if the tourists aren't.


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