Water Safety

Rangers and Visitors show off inflatable life jackets during the Ready, Set, Inflate Event at Lake CumberlandWater Safety at Lake Cumberland

The Nashville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants to bring attention to the dangers present in the tail water of dams.  It is mandatory at Lake Cumberland everyone in a boat, no matter their age, must properly wear a life jacket if they are located in the discharge of Wolf Creek Dam to Kendall Day-Use Ramp.  Other guidelines to follow to increase water safety is to not anchor to the dam, be aware of the generation schedule, realize the generation schedule is subject to change at any given time, and wear a life jacket when on Lake Cumberland or on the tail water of Wolf Creek Dam.  With the efforts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as well as everyone in the public we can work together to make boating a more safe and enjoyable experience!

Boating Safety Training

Good boaters know that the formula for staying safe on the water includes being aware of your surroundings, having good training in safe vessel operation, and knowing the local rules of the road.  The US Army Corps of Engineers and The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife encourage all boaters to take a boating safety course. 

The Boat US Foundation provides a free, online boating safety training course, approved by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, specifically tailored to the rules and regulations in the state of Kentucky.  The course is interactive and will provide you with a Kentucky Boating Safety Certificate at the end of successful completion.  Please note that this course DOES NOT satisfy boater education requirements for students under the age of 18.  To access the free course, click on the Boat US Foundation link below.

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife -Boating Information

National Safe Boating Council - http://www.safeboatingcouncil.org 

Boat Etiquette - http://www.boatsafe.com/nauticalknowhow/manners.htm 

Federal Boating Requirements – U.S. Coast Guard http://uscgboating.org 


(News Report) Investigators: Drowning is Silent

This story is from Fox 9 News in Minneapolis-St. Paul. It is important to watch this to have a greater understanding of how drowning is a silent event, and the importance of keeping an eye on people in the water and knowing the signs of drowning. This is a must watch!