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July 2, 2013

Lake ready for busy July 4

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Somerset —

Most of Pulaski County’s more than 1,400 rental rooms were booked Thursday through Saturday with indications vacationers will be pulling out for home on Sunday.
Burnside Marina is ready for the crowds.
“All our houseboats are rented for the weekend and all our small boats are rented,” said Shawnda Mounce, spokesperson for the marina. “We expect a pretty good weekend.”
Hale said all Corps-operated recreational areas are booked solid. He is particularly pleased with activity at Fishing Creek Recreation Area, used lightly during the past six summers because of the low level of the lake.
The boat launching ramp at Fishing Creek Recreation Area is in use and campers and fishermen are back, Hale indicated.
Looking west across Fishing Creek at what for six summers has been dry land one can see Pulaski County Park surrounded by water.
“They’re coming back to the county park,” said caretaker Mike McQueary. He said the noticeable change is in the number of picnickers and swimmers since the higher level of Lake Cumberland has brought water back to the park.
“This is the first summer in six years that people can swim,” said McQueary. “The beach is not like it use to be, but there’s water ... we’re letting them swim,” he said.
McQueary said all shelters at the park are reserved and camping areas are filling up. “They will be full for the holiday,” he assured.
 General Burnside Island State Park is bracing for a big crowd.
“People are excited about the lake being higher,” said Judy Smith, employee in the pro shop.
“The camping area is booked solid ... the golf course will be full,” said Smith. 

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