(Frankfort, KY) – Boat ramps at General Burnside Island State Park and Lake Cumberland State Resort Park are reopening this week. Burnside will have five lanes for launching and is scheduled to open Friday morning. Lake Cumberland State Resort Park will have three lanes for launching and is now open. Total cost of these two ramp extensions is approximately $500,000.
In addition, The Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) is coordinating the extension of 29 county boat ramps at Lake Cumberland in Wayne, Russell and Pulaski counties. Funds for ramp extensions have been taken from the Transportation Cabinet Discretionary Fund. Work will begin immediately. No timetable is available for completion of the ramps. Total cost of these extensions will be nearly $860,000
“Based on numerous town hall meetings in the area, Governor Ernie Fletcher has directed state government to have as many ramps as possible operational before the beginning of the summer boating season,” said Commerce Cabinet Secretary George Ward. “We initially focused on the high volume launching areas and have twenty ramps already opening for Memorial Day Weekend. Extending these county ramps will provide additional access all around the lake in the coming weeks. Lake Cumberland has plenty of water and is open for business.”
Ramp extensions are required due to necessary repair work being done on Wolf Creek Dam. Repairs required the lake level to be reduced to 680 feet above sea level, leaving some ramps exposed. Ramp extension projects have been a collaborative effort between the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Kentucky State Parks, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and GOLD.
Vacationers with questions about the lake or lake access are encouraged to call the Southern and Eastern Tourism Development Association at 877-868-7735 or 511 in Kentucky.
Information regarding Lake Cumberland can be found at the Kentucky Department of Tourism website at: http://www.kentuckytourism.com/lakecumberland2007.htm
For a map of specific ramps open for the holiday weekend, including directions, click on the link above then click on the link: “map of boat ramps open for Memorial Day weekend”. The map will be updated weekly.
Ramps open for Memorial Day Weekend listed below.
County Ramps to be open in the coming weeks are listed at the end of the release.
LIST OF RAMPS SCHEDULED TO BE OPEN FOR THE MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND
Conley Bottom Resort
Cumberland Point recreation Area
Fall Creek Recreation Area
General Burnside Island State Park
Grider Hill Marina
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park
Lee’s Ford Marina
Noes Dock #2 (Bee’s Creek)
Old Waitsboro Crossing
Omega/Buck Creek Marina
Waitsboro Recreation Area
LIST OF COUNTY RAMPS TO BE EXTENDED IN THE COMING WEEKS
Russell County ramp extension projects total: $479,409. Ramps to be extended are:
Bates road ramp Pleasant Hill ramp
Campbells road ramp Poplar Hill road ramp
Clifty Creek ramp Rowena ramp
Denney Ridge ramp Twin Oak ramp
Island road ramp
Wayne County ramp extension projects total $313,505. Ramps to be extended are:
Bunkum Road/Carter’s Dock ramp Ramsey Point ramp
Clearwater/Panhandle ramp Shelton Branch ramp
Cumberland Glen ramp Stinger/Rankin-Orchard ramp
Jonesville ramp Tate I ramp
Meece-Sellars/White Oak ramp Tate II ramp
Mystic View ramp Twyfor’s Point ramp
Park Forest/Beshears ramp
Pulaski County ramp extension projects total $64,935. Ramps to be extended are:
Cave Creek ramp (Diamond Acres Community)
Doodletown road ramp (Garland Bend ramp)
Echo Point boat ramp (Aderholt road)
Jasper Bend ramp (Jasper Bend Community)
Piney Woods boat ramp (Naomi Community)
Springwater boat ramp (Pole Bridge Community)
Waitstboro Crossing ramp (End of Old Waitsboro road)