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March 24, 2013

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

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Fourteen of the campsites are waterfront, making the area prime locations for weekend recreation. Cumberland Point has a day-use area, picnic shelter and public parking.
Amenities include flush toilets, showers, drinking water and a dump station. A boat ramp and playground are located within the park.
Fall Creek Recreation Area opens April 26. It is a 10-acre site with 10 spacious campsites. All of these sites are waterfront, making prime locations for weekend recreation. Fall Creek has a day-use area, picnic shelter and public parking.
Amenities include flush toilets, showers, drinking water and a dump station. A boat ramp and playground are located within the park. 
Bee Rock Recreation Area, operated by the U.S. Forest Service, sprawls along the banks of the Rockcastle River facing a section of waterway designated as a Kentucky Wild and Scenic River. The campground straddles the Pulaski-Laurel County line.
The eastern side of the campground in Laurel County, location of the boat-launching ramp, is open year-round. The Pulaski County side opens April 1.
Bee Rock Recreation Area is steeped in history and tradition. It is named for Bee Rock, an outcropping ledge where legend says swarms of honeybees sometimes blocked out the sun. A hotel and health spa once operated near the site.
At the entrance to the campground is the Old Sublimity Bridge. Constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the late 1930s for Ky. 192 as a one-lane truss, the bridge was replaced in the 1960s by a modern, pre-stressed concrete span upstream. The bridge has since been restored into a walking bridge.
The main attraction in Pulaski County is Lake Cumberland. For six summers the lake has been held about 40 feet below normal to facilitate a complete rehabilitation of Wolf Creek Dam, declared in high risk of failure.
Those worries are over. The lake is about to rise and water lovers are ready to enjoy.
 

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