FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) are taking action to extend two boat ramps at Lake Cumberland. Bids for permanent concrete extensions to boat ramps at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park and General Burnside Island State Park are now being reviewed.
“Lake Cumberland is an economic powerhouse for the entire region,” said Governor Fletcher. “My administration will continue to focus on real solutions that will keep both the commercial and recreational environments of the lake community healthy this summer. Improving access to the water by extending the ramps is critical to our overall mission to stabilize the area’s economy during this challenging time.”
Earlier this year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lowered the water levels at Lake Cumberland in order to make critical repairs to Wolf Creek Dam
“Governor Fletcher has directed his administration to do everything possible to ensure the safety and economic stability of the Lake Cumberland region,” said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert. “Making the water accessible to boat traffic is one of the primary challenges associated with the low water levels.”
The work at these two ramp sites is part of the overall efforts by the Governor and administration agencies to mitigate low water levels and improve access for boaters.
In addition, the ramp at General Burnside Island is critical to the region’s renowned houseboat manufacturing industry.
“The cabinet is taking action to permanently extend these ramps,” explained Highway Commissioner Marc Williams. “The concrete slab extensions will provide safe, smooth access at both of these popular sites.”
“We want folks to know that Lake Cumberland will be open for business this summer,” added Commerce Secretary George Ward. “Lake Cumberland continues to be one of Kentucky’s greatest attractions.”
Contracts to extend both ramps are expected to be approved within the next few days, and construction work will begin soon after. Both ramp extensions will be complete and open to traffic before the summer boating season begins. The ramp at General Burnside Island will be available for houseboat launching on Mondays and Tuesdays with pleasure boat launching at all times. The Lake Cumberland State Resort Park ramp will remain closed until the extension project is completed.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is also extending three boat ramps on Lake Cumberland to continue improving access to the lake. The total cost of all three extensions is about $120,000.
“By extending these ramps, the state is providing access for recreational boaters and fishermen to enjoy Kentucky’s third-largest lake, Lake Cumberland,” said Governor Fletcher. “There is plenty of water and opportunities for recreation at Lake Cumberland this boating season.”
The ramps that are being extended are Ono in the Caney Creek embayment ($20,000), Slate Branch ($30,000) and Lilly Creek ($70,000).