In Aug. 27 Issue
Tourist that have been planning summer outings and boating activities elsewhere because of the low water level at Lake Cumberland are missing a lot.
This year and likely next year also provides all of us with the opportunity to explore a new Lake Cumberland and in some cases see how the old river beds traveled through the area prior to the construction of the dam.
This came to our attention this week when we read a post on the lakecumberland.com forum.
This gentleman is located near the Cumberland River and the Big South Fork.
Located in the headwaters of Lake Cumberland, he reminds us just how much of the natural beauty we are missing and what a great opportunity we now have to explore. Very likely our last chance to see such as this as the repair of Wolf Creek Dam should maintain normal levels for many years in the future.
This lake enthusiasts was telling how he was now able to see just how the old river beds ran though the area and really enjoy the beauty of the hills, the rivers and etc.
He has posted several photos on the lakecumberland.com forum depicting the area as it was viewed several years earlier.
The greater percentage of boaters and lake enthusiasts are also reporting they like the level of the lake as it is presently. Of course, there are drawbacks as far as the access to the lake, but just for the beauty of the lake, all the new boundaries around the water provide all new areas to explore.
Plus, there are many, many areas now where one may park their boat, get out, and explore the shoreline.
In fact, we overheard one boater recently comment in a joking manner as he stated,”the lake is great at this level with all the shoreline now accessible, let’s not tell anybody and maybe we can keep it for ourselves.
He may have been joking but for a long time it appeared we were trying to do just that.
Many former visitors still believe the lake is dry or near dry and are still not returning to the area.
We are aware our state agency and our regional tourist commissions have made some efforts to advertise that Lake Cumberland is as beautiful as ever, but their efforts have been less than adequate.
Lake Cumberland has a lot to offer and it is sad so many are losing the opportunity to explore and enjoy all the previously unexplorable.