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May 22, 2013

Lake Cumberland all better in time for Memorial Day weekend


Somerset —

Nobody was available for comment at Pulaski County Park when this article was written, but manager Vickie McQueary said earlier there has been a tremendous increase in activity since elevation of the lake level has surrounded the park with water.
“We’re having a lot of boats ... a lot of fishermen,” McQueary noted. The main boat ramp at the park, out of water for six summers, is now in use.
Located in western Pulaski County near Nancy, Pulaski County Park is owned and operated by Pulaski Fiscal Court. It is the only county-operated park on the lake.
On site, the park offers picnic areas, grills, shelters, 46 camping sites, playground, and 18-hole disc golf course, plus a Mountain Bike and hiking trails.
Camping spots at General Burnside Island State Park will be full.
“Our camping areas are totally booked,” said Judy Smith, a pro-shop employee at the state park. “We’re taking tee times now for the golf course ... we expect a busy weekend.”
Owners of larger boats will be able to use the boat-launching ramp at Bee Rock Campground during the Memorial Day weekend as well as this summer, according to Kimberly Morgan, spokesperson for the U.S. Forest Service, operator of the campground off Ky. 192 east of Mt. Victory.
“The 20-foot rise in the lake level has made this possible,” Morgan said. During the past six years when the lake level was held about 40 feet below normal, only canoes and kayaks could use the boat ramp, she noted.
Bee Rock Campground has developed campsites on both sides of the Rockcastle River. Bee Rock Trail provides a scenic view of rocks and cliffs overlooking the river. Folklore has it that honeybees once inhabited the jutting rocks in numbers to darken the sun; thus the name Bee Rock.

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