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March 24, 2013

Pulaski County ready for tourists as Lake Cumberland’s waters rise

Somerset —  

Latest information from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers indicates Wolf Creek Dam is now safe and a promised 20-foot rise in the level of Lake Cumberland this summer makes the upcoming vacation season something special.
Pulaski County and nearby counties have numerous recreational areas, most of which overlook Lake Cumberland. Many of these vacation spots are open now or will open within the next week or so. All will be up and going by the middle of May, and vacationers will view the rising lake with pride.
The golf course at General Burnside Island State Park stays open year-round. The park and golf course are located on an island surrounded by Lake Cumberland. Brian Ault, designer of golf courses at Dale Hollow Lake and Hidden Cove, both recognized by Golf Digest, designed the spectacular golf layout on Burnside island.
The campground at the Burnside state park features 94 sites with utility hookups, two central service buildings with showers and rest rooms, and a dump station. The campground will open April 1.
Pulaski County Park also opens April 1. The park has been used throughout the low-water period, but is expected to attract larger crowds this summer because of a higher lake level. Located on the upper end of the Fishing Creek section of Lake Cumberland, the county park has been pretty much dry-docked since the lake has been low.
“I don’t know about the beach,” said Manager Vickie McQueary. “I don’t know how far the water will come up ... I don’t know if the beach will be usable or not.”
Boats should be able to launch at the main boat ramp off the primitive camping area, McCreary said. Also, the new bike trail at the park is open and in use, she noted.
Pulaski County Park is located in western Pulaski County and is owned and operated by Pulaski Fiscal Court. The park offers picnic areas, grills, shelters, 46 camping sites, playground and an 18-hole disc golf course, plus hiking trails.

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