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Cruising Kentucky

It's summertime, and the livin' is especially easy if you happen to be aboard a boat in Kentucky.

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Jamestown Marina on Lake Cumberland
Jamestown Resort & Marina on Lake Cumberland.


Lake Cumberland beckons outdoor lovers to its breathtaking beauty and welcomes boaters to a destination with 52 boat ramps and some 5,400 slips at 10 marinas. The man-made body of water covers 65,530 acres and captivates with its striking panoramas, attracting more than four million visitors each year to its 1,255 miles of shoreline.

Its reputation as one of the best poker run venues in the country, impeccable beauty and incredible span of water make it a natural for boaters. When powering across Lake Cumberland, make time to explore its many coves, where you can drop anchor, cool off with a swim or try your luck fishing.

YOU CAN’T MISS Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery for a fun-filled educational experience. (It produces more than a million rainbow and brown trout annually.) The lake is also home to a pair of Kentucky State Parks, so be sure to enjoy Lake Cumberland State Resort Park and General Burnside State Park, located on a 430-acre island in the middle of the lake.

TIE UP AT Jamestown Resort & Marina and take in the sights of this 300-acre destination on Lake Cumberland. The marina offers full service for 800 open and covered slips, ValvTect fuel docks, boat and engine repair, a launch ramp and a delightful lakeside restaurant, Mariner’s Café.

Prefer landside accommodations? Book a room at the all-suite hotel or reserve one of the chalet-styled cabins that dot the nearby woods.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for several exciting summer events, including the Master Musician’s Festival held at Somerset Community College (July 19 and 20), featuring Willie Nelson and Family this year. Be part of history at the World’s Largest Raft-Up (August 10) and hit the water with your high-powered friends at the Lake Cumberland Poker Run (September 6-8) headquartered out of State Docks

VISIT NEARBY Mill Springs Battlefield Visitors Center and Museum, located off of highway 80 about eight miles west of Somerset, Ky., for a history lesson of Civil War days. Reeactments here let you relive the events at one of Kentucky’s legendary battlefields.

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