Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Work Begins to Improve Boat Access at Lake Cumberland

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, February 20, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Doug Hogan

Chris Gilligan

KYTC extending boat ramp at General Burnside Island

FRANKFORT, Ky. – As part of Governor Ernie Fletcher’s commitment to the economic health of the Lake Cumberland region, work is underway on a boat ramp extension project at General Burnside Island.  The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is using rock to extend the ramp to the water so boaters will have lake access.  Governor Fletcher’s Chief of Staff Stan Cave, along with Highways Commissioner Marc Williams and Commerce Secretary George Ward, visited the site today.  

“Governor Fletcher has charged members of his administration – including those of us here at General Burnside Island – to work to mitigate the negative impact of lowering of Lake Cumberland, and we are committed to do just that,” said Governor Fletcher’s Chief of Staff Stan Cave.  “Extending this ramp will help houseboat owners – and boaters in general – continue to access and enjoy Lake Cumberland.”

“During our numerous meetings with folks in the area one constant theme kept coming up,” said Kentucky Commerce Cabinet secretary George Ward. “The boat ramp at General Burnside Island State Park was essential to the houseboat industry and strategically important for all boaters in general. This work will help more boaters enjoy Lake Cumberland.”

Governor Fletcher ordered the boat ramp extension after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lowered the level of Lake Cumberland. The extension makes the ramp safer.

Kentucky Transportation crews are modifying the Burnside ramp.  Rock is being placed and compacted to the waters edge.  The ramp will be approximately 50 feet wide.  Rock is also being placed below the water surface to blend in with the natural grade.

“Under Governor Fletcher’s leadership, state agencies are working together to implement innovative solutions to this critical problem,” said Highways Commissioner Marc Williams.  “The Transportation Cabinet will pursue a more permanent fix by pouring a concrete ramp all the way to the water this spring.”

The estimated cost for this project is $20,000.