Beautiful Lake Cumberland
Lake Cumberland Facts (courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
Lake Cumberland was filled with water in December 1950, and was constructed primarily for flood control and the production of hydroelectric power at a cost of about $80.4 million. Its shoreline measures 1,085 miles and the lake is spread over 50,250 acres at the top of the power pool.
It ranks 22nd in the One Hundred Largest Dams in the U.S. and required 11,568,900 cubic yards of material in construction. The reservoir ranks 9th in the U.S. in size with a capacity of 6,089,000 acre-feet, enough water to cover the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky to a depth of 3 inches. That's roughly 1.9 trillion gallons.
More than 4.7 million visitors spent 73,252,200 hours in pursuit of recreation and added more than $152,395,044.00 to the local economy in 1999. The number of visitor hours ranks Lake Cumberland 4th in the nation among 383 Corps Lakes.
Since it was impounded, Wolf Creek Dam has prevented more than $500,000,000 in flood damages for cities and communities downstream.
The six turbines at Lake Cumberland are capable of producing 270 megawatts of electricity, enough to supply the needs of an average city with a population of 375,000.
Cost of original dam construction: $81 million
Cost to repair leak in dam (discovered in 1967) during late 1970s: $96.4 million.
We gets lots of tourism from Ohio and we refer to them as the Ohio Navy! Some of them refer to themselves as that as well as you see in the picture below and they have a website too! Many folks come here for the fishing where they catch these huge striper bass. You can always hire a guide to help you with catching those big fish!
The lake holds lots of other activities such as skiing, swimming, tubing, and just relaxing with friends on a houseboat. We live on one small part of this lake which overlooks a private boat club. The houseboats below us are pictured here. The rest of the photos are not ones that I took nor do I know the folks in them. But if you like boating and fishing and the lake in general then Lake Cumberland is a good one to visit!