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Lake Cumberland

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Contact Info
Daniel Boone National Forest
761 South Laurel Road
London, KY 40744

50,250 acres
Max. Depth:
200 ft


Lake Cumberland is located in Wayne, Russell, Pulaski, Clinton, McCreary, Laurel, and Whitley Counties on the Cumberland River. At approximately 50,000 acres, it provides hydroelectric power, water for domestic and industrial use, flood control, navigation facilities, waterway systems for shipping, and recreation opportunities. The dam site is about 10 miles southwest of Jamestown, KY.

The Wolf Creek project was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1938 and the River and Harbor Act of 1946. Construction of the project, designed and supervised by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, (Nashville District) was completed in 1952. The dam, powerhouse, and lake are operated and supervised by the Corps of Engineers’ personnel under the direction of the District Engineer at Nashville, TN.

In addition to swimming, hiking, hunting, canoeing, skiing, camping, and picnicking, Lake Cumberland is a fisherman’s paradise. Crappie, largemouth bass, bream, catfish, sauger and walleye, rockfish, and white bass are some of the most popular species. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife is responsible for managing fishing on the lake.

Tour Companies

  • Nationwide Lakes
  • Boating, Houseboating
  • 888-454-8825

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Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Black Crappie
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Striped Bass
Fishing Methods:
Top Water Lures,Jigging with Live Bait or Plastic Grubs,Crank and Spinnerbaits,Dry Flies for Trout and Bluegills


50,250 acres
Max. Depth:
200 ft
Water Access:
51 Public Access Points


Water Features
  • Boat Ramp
  • Modern Restrooms
  • Picnic Areas
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Campground
Water Activities
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
Water Services
  • Bait Shop
  • Boat Rentals
  • Convenience Store
  • Food Service
  • Fuel Available
  • Motorboat Rentals
  • Personal Watercraft Rentals
  • Restaurant

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