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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

Waitsboro Campground Volunteer Park Host Wanted!
Thursday, February 11, 2016

We are looking for friendly motivated volunteers to serve as Park Hosts this summer season at Waitsboro Campground in Somerset, KY. Full hook up campsite with a great lake view is provided!

If interested, please contact Ranger Tyler Matthews at 270-343-0145

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

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
Customer service at lakes improving with ‘Shoreline SharePoint’
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 29, 2016) – Customer service for landowners at Corps of Engineers lakes is being improved thanks to the ingenuity of several employees who recently developed an online program called Shoreline SharePoint, an online resource to electronically file permit applications.
Published: 2/29/2016
Country Music duo LoCash promotes water safety with ‘I Love This Life Jacket’
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 26, 2016) – Country Music Recording Group “LoCash” participated in a water safety public service announcement urging fans to be safe when recreating on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers waterways with the “I Love This Life Jacket” message, a spinoff from the title of their smash hit “I Love This Life.”
Published: 2/26/2016
Cadets plant seedlings to restore Wolf Creek Dam disposal area
JAMESTOWN, Ky. (Feb. 22, 2016) – 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.
Published: 2/22/2016
Commentary: Corps working to ensure storage rights for Lake Cumberland water users
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 to dig a well or take a bucket to the creek to get water as the result of an ongoing Army Corps of Engineers water storage reallocation study. The Commonwealth Journal article titled “Corps plans to begin charging for lake water” was in response to a letter I recently sent to municipal and industrial water supply users drawing from Lake Cumberland. I genuinely appreciate the concern that the article represents but the misrepresentation of my tone and of the project’s intended benefit troubles me, so I wanted to respond explaining why we’re doing what we’re doing and the benefit to us all.
Published: 2/11/2016

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