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Cumberland Lake, KY

Lake Size: 65,530 Acres
Shoreline Length (Miles): 1,255 Miles
Deepest Depth: 200 ft
Latitude: 36.888889
Longitude: -85.05
Lake Level Above Sea Level: 722 ft (220 M)
Counties: Russell County
Cities: Jamestown
Lake Management: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Information: Lake Cumberland is a reservoir in Clinton, Laurel, McCreary, Pulaski, Russell, and Wayne counties in Kentucky. The primary reasons for its construction were a means for flood control and the production of hydroelectric power. Its shoreline measures 1,255 miles (2,020 km) and the lake is spread over 65,530 acres (265.2 km²) at the top of the power pool. The reservoir ranks 9th in the U.S. in size, with a capacity of 6.1 million acre-feet (7.5 km³) of water, enough to cover the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky with 3 inches (76 mm) of water. The main lake is 101 miles (163 km) long and over one mile (1.6 km) across at its widest point. The lake has become a major source of tourism and an economic engine for south-central Kentucky. Lake Cumberland was impounded from the Cumberland River by the United States Army Corps of Engineers' construction of the Wolf Creek Dam in 1952. Wolf Creek Dam is the 22nd largest dam in the United States, and cost $15 million to construct originally, with an additional $65 million needed almost immediately to fix problems which became soon apparent. It is estimated that the dam has prevented more than $500 million in flood damages since its construction.
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Plan an extended fishing trip at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park and enjoy one of Kentucky's most unique park settings. Overnight accommodations include DuPont Lodge, 20 Woodland Rooms, 25 cottages, and a campground. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources stocks a total of 3,600 rainbow trout into this stream during March through June and October. Another 500 brown trout are stocked in late winter. During October 1 through March 31, a catch and release season is in effect, during which all anglers must fish with artificial baits and immediately release all trout back into the stream. Trout may be kept after March 31.
In 1999, approximately 4.75 million visitors added more than $152.4 million to the local economy. Of the 383 lakes controlled or maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Cumberland ranks 4th in the nation for the number of visitor hours. Over 1,500 houseboats float on Lake Cumberland and numerous power boats play in its waters.

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