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Lake Cumberland

Aerial view of Lake CumberlandWelcome to Lake Cumberland

The Nashville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers welcomes you to Lake Cumberland, the second largest lake in the Cumberland River System.  The lake provides varied outdoor recreational opportunities for millions of visitors each year.  Because of the temperate climate and relatively long recreation season, visitors have many opportunities to fish, hunt, camp, picnic, boat, canoe, hike, and enjoy the outdoors.

Lake Cumberland belongs to you.  Treat our lake and surrounding area with respect by keeping it clean and attractive.  Enjoy yourself, have a safe visit, and come again.


Lake Cumberland's Natural Resource Management Office is located at 855 Boat Dock Road Somerset, Kentucky 42501 open Monday through Friday 8:00 until 4:30 Eastern Time.  Please feel free to call our office as well at 606-679-6337.

Lake Cumberland Announcements

Volunteer Host for Fishing Creek Recreation Area
Thursday, June 09, 2016

The Lake Cumberland staff is seeking a volunteer(s) for Fishing Creek Recreation Area. The recreation area is open through October 31 for the 2016 recreation season. The volunteer host campsite has water, electric, and sewer hook up and offers a great view of Fishing Creek!

If interested contact Park Ranger Tyler Matthews at 606-875-5321 or e-mail e.tyler.matthews@usace.army.mil

The flyer and additional details can be viewed at: http://bit.ly/1UibJXP


Mail In Annual Pass Form
Thursday, December 31, 2015

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Annual Pass and America the Beauitful Interagency Annual Pass are available for purchase via mail with this form by visiting the link below!


Recreation Use Fee changes beginning Jan. 1, 2016
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces changes

in recreation day use fees beginning Jan. 1, 2016

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced today that beginning Jan. 1, 2016, the recreation day use fees charged for boat launches and swimming beaches managed by USACE will change to a simpler fee structure. The fee for a USACE annual pass to these facilities will also change.

These fees were last changed in 2002.

Some locations may also see a change in camping fees and the fee for a Special Use Permit, which covers events, facilities and activities.

USACE conducted a review of its fee structure earlier this year and determined that fee changes are needed to ensure USACE fees remain comparable and fair to those charged by other local providers for similar facilities and services.

The day use fee structure at USACE-managed facilities will vary depending upon the comparability study conducted by each USACE project, but the minimum day use fees beginning in January will be as follows:

·        Minimum day use fee of $5.00 will be charged per private non-commercial vehicle.

·        Minimum day use fee of $2.00 per adult for walk-in or bike-in.

·        Minimum day use fee of $20.00 will be charged per bus or commercial vehicle.

·        Children under the age of 16 are not charged a day use fee.

Payment of the day use fee entitles the user to launch a boat or use any developed swimming beach at a USACE-operated recreation area for that day.

A USACE annual day use pass may be purchased for $40, which permits the holder and accompanying passengers the daily use of facilities managed by USACE for one calendar year. The public will also be able to obtain Interagency America the Beautiful Passes at more than 240 USACE projects across the country.

For information on the new fee structure, visitors should contact their local USACE recreation project. A directory of project offices is available at www.CorpsLakes.us.                                                                   

Lake Cumberland Park Attendant Solicitation
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The solicitation for Lake Cumberland Park Attendant positions is now available at:

Click on the tab "Packages"
Click on W912P5-16-T-0007.pdf which pulls up the "solicitation contract".

Please read all instructions and fill all information out.
Submit all requested items by closing date (JAN 15, 2016).

New Hatchery Creek VideoNew Hatchery Creek Video
Monday, December 21, 2015

Here is a video Kentucky Afield has featured on their show about the new trout stream!

Click here to view it!

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Lake Cumberland News

Corps unveils policy for operation of unmanned aerial systems at Nashville District projects
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.
Published: 8/5/2016
Children ‘Get Outdoors’ with local agencies
SOMERSET, Ky. (June 17, 2016) – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District park rangers from Lake Cumberland held their annual Get Outdoors Day June 16, 2016, an opportunity for local kids to visit the lake and learn about nature and protecting the environment.
Published: 6/17/2016
Nashville District focuses on preparedness for ‘America’s PrepareAthon’
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 13, 2016) – To participate in “America’s PrepareAthon” the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District spent the first five months of 2016 preparing personnel, projects and facilities for possible future disasters, hazards and threats, and planning ahead for emergencies.
Published: 6/13/2016
Nashville District park rangers focus on Water Safety Training to help save lives
CARTHAGE, Tenn. (June, 6 2016) – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District park rangers attended a water safety refresher class for new, summer hire and permanent rangers from Cordell Hull, Center Hill, Old Hickory, Cheatham, Lake Cumberland, Laurel, and J. Percy lakes at the Cordell Hull resource manager’s office.
Published: 6/6/2016
Officials celebrate completion of Hatchery Creek
JAMESTOWN, Ky. (April 29, 2016) – Officials celebrated the completion of the Hatchery Creek Restoration Project below Wolf Creek Dam during a dedication ceremony today, culminating a 21-month stream and wetland mitigation project that triples the length of the stream and prevents sedimentation pollution from making its way into the Cumberland River.
Published: 4/29/2016

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