Commonwealth Journal

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March 12, 2014

Lake Cumberland attractions prepare for season


Somerset —

Manager Vickie McQueary said between 1,000 and 2,000 people use the county park on an average summer weekend and the number approaches 5,000 during holiday periods.
SomerSplash Waterpark will open at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24. Located at 1030 Ky. 2227 (old U.S. 27) north of Somerset, SomerSplash Waterpark is home to the largest lazy river in Kentucky, a 20,000-square-foot wave pool, water play structure with tipping bucket, 40-foot-tall single and double rider tube slides and three 40-foot tall waterslides.
There have been some slight changes in opening dates for recreational areas operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, according to Tom Hale, operations manager for the Eastern Kentucky area.
 • Fishing Creek Recreation Area, located at the end of Ky. 1248 across from Pulaski County Park, opens May 2 and closes Sept. 7.
 • Waitsboro Recreation Area, located off South U.S. 27 near Burnside, opens April 11 and closes Oct. 12.
 • Cumberland Point Recreation Area, located off Ky. 761 in Wayne County, opens May 9 and closes Sept. 7.
 • Kendall Recreation Area, located immediately below Wolf Creek Dam, opens March 28 and closes Nov. 16.
 • Fall Creek Recreation Area, located off Highway 2393 approximately 4 miles from Conley Bottom Resort, opens May 2 and closes Sept. 28.
 • Mill Springs Mill, the world’s longest overshot waterwheel, is located in Wayne County. The park opens May 1 and closes Sept. 30.
 • 76 Falls, located at the end of Indian Creek, opens May 1 and closes Sept. 30.
 • Wolf Creek Dam Overlook opens Memorial Day weekend and closes after Labor Day weekend.
 • All other day use areas open April 1 and close Oct. 31.
Bee Rock Recreation Area, operated by the U.S. Forest Service, is located on the Pulaski-Laurel County Line and offers a picnic area, primitive camping sites and hiking trails. The Laurel County side of the park is open year-round and the Pulaski County side opens April 4 and closes Oct. 27.
Don B. Getty, manager of the Wolf Creek Dam Rehabilitation Project, has said repeatedly there is a “definite possibility” the lake could return to normal operation ahead of this summer’s vacation season. The lake Tuesday morning was 706.36 feet above sea level, more than a foot above the target of 705 feet.

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