Why visit Lake Cumberland?
Of the 383 lakes controlled or maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Cumberland ranks 4th in the nation for the number of visitor hours! Over 1,500 houseboats float on Lake Cumberland and numerous power boats play in its waters. From hiking, fishing, horseback riding or boating there is no shortage of activities to choose from.
Lake Cumberland is home to two Kentucky state parks with breathtaking scenery: Lake Cumberland State Resort Park on its shore and General Burnside State Park on an island in the middle of the lake.
If fishing is your thing, several of Kentucky’s record fish have been taken in the waters of Lake Cumberland, including:
- Brown trout (21 lb)
- Lake trout (5 lb 5 oz)
- Rainbow trout (14 lb 6 oz)
- Sauger (7 lb 7 oz)
- Striped bass (58 lb 4 oz)
- Sturgeon (36 lb 8 oz)
- Walleye (21 lb 8 oz)
The area also offers many dining and lodging options. Whether you are looking for a camping adventure, a cozy log cabin or something more luxurious, there is something to fulfill your needs! We’ve compiled a list below of activities, dining and lodging suggestions to help you plan your Lake Cumberland retreat.
Lodging Near Lake Cumberland:
Look Out Lodge on Lake Cumberland: This is a Four Story log and stone vacation home which has a total of 5,275 square feet of indoor living space and over 2,800 square feet of wrap around porches on both the 2nd and 3rd floor. [More info]
Cumberland Falls Reservations for Dupont Lodge, Cottages, Woodland Rooms and Camping provided by Kentucky State Parks: [More Info]
Camping Near Lake Cumberland includes Waitsboro Recreation Area, Somerset KY RV Park, Shoreline RV Park, Pulaski County Park, Little Lick Campground, Lake Cumberland RV Park & Campground, General Burnside Island State Park, Cumberland Point Recreation Area, Cumberland Point Campground & RV Resort, and Bee Rock Campground. [More info]
Local Sightseeing for Lake Cumberland:
Creelsboro’s Natural Bridge – Rockhouse Bottom: Below the mass of concrete which is Wolf Creek Dam is the area of the Rockhouse and Swan Pond Bottom. Here you will find a 300 million year old natural bridge arch of solid limestone carved by nature and affectionately referred to as Rockhouse Bottom. [More Info]
Lake Cumberland Dragway: Feel the Need for Speed! [More info]
Wolf Creek Dam: Wolf Creek Dam is one of the largest Dams in the United States, and forms Lake Cumberland on one side. [More Info]
Cumberland River Paddle Trail: Rent a kayak from our local outfitter, Bobby’s Outdoor Adventures (270) 566-1353 or bring your own!! Bobby’s Outdoor Adventures offers Guided Kayak trips on the Cumberland River, and offers trips of various lengths – even overnight camping & food! [More Info]
Dining in Lake Cumberland KY Area:
Acapulco Mexican Grill: [More Info]
Captain Jake’s on the River: Captain Jake’s also has the best food on the Cumberland River, specializing in chili cheese fries and the best shakes on the planet! [More Info]
Wolf Creek Marina: The food is fresh and delightfully prepared. Fishtales is unlike any other restaurant on the lake. The artful decor, the beautiful sunsets and delicious food all make dining at Fishtales a unique experience. [More Info]
J & S Country Store Diner: Authentic Kentucky Country style dining at its best! J & S Country Store really isn’t a “store” per se, but a lovely small diner that makes some of the BEST homemade Kentucky cuisine you’ll find anywhere. [More Info]