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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 in Somerset, Ky. The zip code is 42501. The office is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time.  Please feel free to call our office as well at 606-679-6337.

Lake Cumberland Announcements

PRIDE of the Cumberland
Friday, June 23, 2017

23 June 2017

As an update to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers FB post on 2 June 2017, there continues to be significant amounts of debris floating in Lake Cumberland. This debris continues to be a concern and we encourage boaters to be safe while operating vessels on the lake, particularly as we approach the busy 4th of July holiday. Although conditions should start improving as the lake levels lower through the season, the Corps continues to remove debris from the lake. In fact, since 12 June, the PRIDE of The Cumberland, which is a vessel that we use to assist in removing debris from the lake, has been operating daily up until 22 June and has made a significant impact on the amount of debris in the lake. During this 11 day period, the PRIDE and its crew removed over 1,050 cubic yards of material and approximately 560 logs and trees in the area of the lake between Waitsboro and Lake View launching ramps.


However, if you visit the lake over the next few weeks, you won't see the PRIDE in operation because it will be out of service while repairs are being made to the rudder and other parts that were damaged by the initial influx of debris earlier this year. These damages have limited the ability of the PRIDE to operate and maneuver around the lake. A contract was awarded on June 22nd for temporarily removing the vessel from the water on or around June 26th and the PRIDE is expected to be repaired and back on the water and in service by mid-late July.


In addition to the risk to boaters that results from the debris, the debris also creates challenges for boaters that are attempting to launch or load their vessels at certain launching ramps. ·Under current conditions, the wind and water currents seem to be moving debris away from the ramp each morning but debris returns and may block the ramp later in the day, which makes it difficult to remove vessels from the lake at that location. We understand the challenges this presents and we have been focusing our debris removal efforts to this portion of the lake. We encourage boaters to share this information with other boaters that utilize this ramp. We are temporarily suspending the Waitsboro launching fee due to the impacts the ramp and encourage boaters to use alternate ramps until conditions improve.


To the many boaters who enjoy this beautiful lake, please be aware of your surroundings and especially careful of the debris in the water. We look forward to returning the PRIDE to service very soon so we can continue our efforts to remove debris from the lake. Thanks for your patience and please be safe on the water as you enjoy the largest Corps of Engineer reservoir east of the Mississippi River!

Nashville District announces new firewood policy
Monday, March 06, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 6, 2017) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District announces a new firewood policy is now in effect, and seeks the public’s cooperation to prevent the spread of forest insects and disease at campgrounds in the Cumberland River Basin. 

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Fall Creek Campground Volunteer Host
Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Lake Cumberland staff is looking for a friendly energetic couple or single person to serve as a Volunteer Park Attendant at Fall Creek Campground (April 13-Oct 29, 2017) in Monticello, KY.

Duties include checking campers in and out, Visitor Assistance, etc.  The host will be provided with a full RV hookup campsite, but must provide their own camper.

For more information please contact Ranger Tyler Matthews with any questions at (606) 875-5321 or via e-mail at eric.t.matthews@usace.army.mil. 

Lake Cumberland Virtual Tour
Wednesday, January 04, 2017

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Lake Cumberland News

Sexton named Nashville District Employee of the Month for April 2018
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 13, 2018) – Dana Sexton, planner and project manager, in the Planning Branch, is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Employee for the month April 2018.
Published: 6/13/2018
Country Music Artist Dixie Jade reminds their fans to wear their life jackets and be safe on the water.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 24, 2018) – NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 24, 2018) – Country Music Artist Dixie Jade reminds their fans to wear their life jackets and be safe on the water.
Published: 5/25/2018
Dave Ramsey wants fans to stay safe Memorial Day weekend
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 24, 2018) – Financial expert Dave Ramsey from the Dave Ramsey show is partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this Memorial Day weekend to encourage his fans to be safe on the water and to wear a life jacket.
Published: 5/24/2018
Corps encourages boating safety during Memorial Weekend, National Safe Boating Week
NASHVILLE, Tenn. May 22, 2018 – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is proud to promote National Safe Boating Week, May 19-25, the official launch of the 2018 Safe Boating Campaign and encourage boaters to wear their life jackets and practice water safety. This yearlong campaign promotes the value of voluntary, consistent life jacket wear by recreational boaters.
Published: 5/23/2018
Hillyard named Nashville District Employee of the Month for March 2018
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 22, 2018) – Susan Hillyard, administrative support assistant, Old Hickory Lake Resource Manager’s Office, is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Employee for March 2018.
Published: 5/22/2018

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