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Lake Cumberland gearing up for busy holiday weekend

People at Lee’s Ford Marina are getting ready for the official start to the boating season.

“They are talking…we may set a record….the hottest weekend..since 1911,” says Lee’s Ford Marina owner JD Hamilton, who says the clear skies and hot days..will mean an influx of customers to one of Kentucky’s largest lakes.

“We are already booked, our cottages are booked for the weekend…and that hasn’t happened for while,” said Hamilton.

It hasn’t happened because of several years of bad PR and a lower lake to take pressure off a leaking dam.

The overall levels of Lake Cumberland will again be lower because of the ongoing work at Wolf Creek Dam, but marina owners say the good news is that they only have one more summer after this one, to deal with the lower levels until everything is back to normal.

Until then, there’s plenty of water in the main channel for all kinds of activities.

Activities spread across several days translate to more money for the local economy.

“4 times as much money as a day tripper, so when you have weekends….they go shopping, go to restaurants, lodging,” said Hamilton.

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