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May 22, 2013

Lake Cumberland all better in time for Memorial Day weekend


Somerset —

“The lake is in wonderful shape,” said Tom Hale, operations manager. Recreational areas are all open, and spaces are being reserved. If the weather is good, it looks like a great holiday weekend.
“The lake should be about at the target 705 feet above sea level by the weekend,” Hale said. The level earlier this week was just above 706 and relatively steady.
“We’ve been drawing it down ... it should be about 705 for the holiday,” he predicted.
Hale said at the first of the week there is very little debris up and down the lake and what little there is should be out of the way by the weekend.
Waitsboro Recreation Area, the popular camping spot between Somerset and Burnside, will be open by the Memorial Day holiday. The area has been closed so far this year because the Kentucky Department of Highways is making improvements to the road leading to the facility.
“The entrance road is done ... there is still some work to do,” said Hale, “ ... but it will be open by the holiday weekend,” Hale promised.
The campground at Waitsboro offers 17 RV sites, all with electric hookups, and five tent-only sites. Eight of Waitsboro’s sites are on the waterfront, making prime locations for weekend recreation. 
Fishing Creek Recreation Area, at the end of Ky. 1248 across from Pulaski County Park, is open and the boat-launching ramp is usable, Hale said. The beach at Fishing Creek is not open, “ ... we’ve still got quite a bit of work to do in the beach area,” he noted.
“As long as the lake stays above 700 feet (above sea level) the launching ramp at Fishing Creek can be used,” said Judy Daulton, park ranger for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The normal launching fee of $3 will be waived at Fishing Creek this summer, Daulton said. Fees will be charged at other Corps-operated recreational sites, she said.

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