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July 2, 2014

Lake Cumberland is already attracting July 4th tourists

Burnside —

The weather is gorgeous! Lake Cumberland is back to normal! What more could be asked for a perfect Independence Day holiday in Lake Cumberland Country?
“We are absolutely tickled to death,” exclaimed Carolyn Mounce, executive director of Somerset-Pulaski Convention & Visitors Bureau. 
“Visitors are already here,” Mounce said early this week. “I was in Kroger ... there are so many customers you can’t hardly get around. Grocery aisles were being restocked to try and keep up,” she related. Vehicles, like ants, crawled along six-lane U.S. 27.
The lake is unusually busy already. Independence Day is Friday and many have managed a long weekend. The weather will be almost unbelievable for a normally hot July weekend. On Friday, sunny, low humidity and a high of 79. On Saturday, a little warmer, about 84, and not a cloud in the sky. Sunday will be hotter, about 88, but still sunny.
C’mon in, the water’s fine. There is plenty of space on a lake with more shoreline than the entire state of Florida. Averaging 90 feet deep, the lake’s breathtaking beauty pokes its way into hidden coves shaded by foothills of the Cumberlands from west of Jamestown to near Corbin. Go ahead. Stretch your rudders.
Front line of the Ohio Navy, anchored by the Matulkas from Dayton, Ohio, are in an advanced tactical position, waiting to launch. Although it was only Wednesday, the family of four had to take a turn putting their boat in at Lakeview boat ramp.
“We’ll be here through Sunday,” said Tawana Matulka. “We’ve been coming here for 15 or 20 years. We love Lake Cumberland.
“The lake is so much better now with the water up,” said Tawana. “But we came here while the water was down. We try to come twice a year.”
Tawana said they usually launch their boat at Waitsboro “ ... but this (Lakeview ramp) is much more convenient.” A new floating dock is beside the ramp, open now after being unusable while the lake was low.

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