Lake Cumberland Businesses Buoyed By Holiday Weekend Performance

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) - The number of visitors to Lake Cumberland
over the Memorial Day weekend fell about 8 percent from last year,
but businesses and officials were relieved.
The water level is being kept lower this year to help protect
Wolf Creek Dam while leaks are under repair. Many had worried the
lower water level would hurt tourism, which brings an estimated
$150 million economic impact annually in four lake-area counties.
The Army Corps of Engineers said 223,000 people visited during
the weekend, down from 243,000 last year but above the corps'
pre-holiday projection.
"It was much better than I expected," Carolyn Mounce,
executive director of the Somerset-Pulaski County Convention and
Visitors Bureau, told the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Businesses had already reported lower receipts for boat rentals,
lodging and other items in winter and spring results. Then
reservations were slower than usual for Memorial Day weekend, the
kickoff of the summer boating season.
"Two weeks ago, it looked really bad," said James Flatt,
general manager at Indian Hills Resort-Alligator 2 Marina in
Russell County.
But business improved, and Alligator 2 ended up renting all 14
of its pontoons for the weekend and all of its cabins. Still, the
campground wasn't as full as last year, and neither of the marina's
rental houseboats was taken.
Flatt was pleased anyway.
"We had a great weekend," he said. "I was really surprised."

Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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