In June 4 IssueBy Kim GrahamNews-Register Reporter
Lake Cumberland blasted into summer with a stellar Memorial Day weekend of beautiful weather, high water levels, and happy visitors.
"We were tickled to death with Memorial Day business," said Alligator II Marina Manager James Flatt. "The lake is up, we had beautiful weather, and everyone who came by talked about what a great time they had."
After four years of lowered water levels and reduced lake traffic, business is on the rebound.
"It's nice to see a little business for a change," Flatt said. "All our boats were rented and all the cabins were rented. There were just a few campsites left unoccupied."
After the long, cold winter and rainy spring, cabin fever had run into overtime and people were ready to get outdoors.
"The great weather and the water being up contributed a lot to people coming out," said Flatt.
After years of experience, Flatt has never seen a more mellow start to the summer.
"This is the 30th Memorial Day weekend I've worked at the lake and it's the smoothest one I've had," Flatt said. "Everybody seemed to be in a good mood."
At Wolf Creek Marina, formerly Cave Springs Marina, Memorial Day weekend was the first full weekend of business under new management.
"We were definitely very busy," said Wolf Creek Marina Manager Nancy Harden. "We had a full almost completely new staff who rose to the occasion and helped everyone."
She said overall the experience showed the support of loyal customers and a commitment of new personnel to excellence.
"It was a very positive experience for both the new staff and our customers," said Harden. "We want to have a marina where our slip holders and visitors know they'll get outstanding service from our staff and incredible food in a great atmosphere."
Wolf Creek Marina's associate location, State Dock enjoyed a surge of holiday business to start the season.
"We were slammed," said Debbie Schumann, Human Resources Manager. "We had almost all our houseboats rented, we had great entertainment, and a great turnout."
She said the beautiful weather brought out so many people the State Dock's restaurant ran out of food at one point during the holiday weekend.
Jamestown Resort and Marina Controller John Meincken was also happy with the holiday weekend.
"Overall it was a really good weekend," Meincken said. "We look forward to some more. I hope we have a really good summer season."
No official numbers are in but the outlook for an increase in visitation is excellent.
"Last year we were up seven percent from 2009," said Carter. "I envision this year's Memorial Day visitation should meet or exceed those numbers."
Carter said the key to making Lake Cumberland a destination that vacationers chose time and time again is making folks feel at home.
"I hope the people of Russell County are as courteous to visitors as they can be so they'll come back," said Carter. "We intend to be a sample of southern hospitality at its finest."