April 12 Newsletter on Lake Cumberland/Wolf Creek Dam
Friends of Lake Cumberland –
WORK BEGINS ON EXTENDING BOAT RAMPS AT GENERAL BURNSIDE ISLAND STATE PARK AND LAKE CUMBERLAND STATE RESORT PARK
SOMERSET, KY - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is beginning construction work on extending boat ramps at General Burnside Island State Park and Lake Cumberland State Resort Park. Work began Monday, April 9, 2007.
The Kentucky Department of Parks is spending nearly $500,000 on the two projects. Work at General Burnside is estimated at $288,000. The ramp extension at Lake Cumberland State Resort is estimated at $209,000.
At Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, the ramp includes a total extension of roughly 225 feet; extending approximately 90 feet into the water at the 680’ depth.
At General Burnside, the 90 foot wide ramp will be extended 120 feet for pleasure craft, with a one lane extension of 165 feet for houseboats (16 foot lane). The houseboat lane will be extended to a depth of 669’, with the remainder of the ramp to a depth of 674.4’.
During construction at General Burnside, one lane will remain open at all times for use in launching pleasure boats. However, access for launching of houseboats will be limited to Monday and Tuesday of each week only.
The ramp extension work is necessary because of The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decision to lower the water level at Lake Cumberland to make needed repairs to Wolf Creek Dam.
The public is advised to use caution when utilizing this facility.
Construction will be performed by Hinkle Contracting Corporation of Paris, Kentucky. Both ramps are scheduled to be completed by May 19.
Boat ramp extension work is also taking place at Ono in the Caney Creek embayment ($20,000), Slate Branch ($30,000) and Lilly Creek ($70,000). The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is handling construction of these three ramps.
CORPS’ INUNDATION MAPS NOW AVAILABLE ON LINE
With the click of a mouse, you can now find out projected water levels if the Wolf Creek Dam fails. Maps showing what areas would be in jeopardy, following a breech, are now on the Internet.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maps, with three possible flooding scenarios, can be found at www.lrn.usace.army.mil/WolfCreek. Look for the words “inundation maps.”
Lake Cumberland Cleanup
The Friends of Lake Cumberland have planned a Lake Cumberland cleanup.
They will be cleaning the shoreline April 14th at the following docks:
Grider Hill Alligator Dock #1 and #2
Conley Bottom Waitsboro and Burnside Island ramp area as well
They will be working from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Gloves and trash bags will be provided.
They will not be providing food, so anyone working should bring something for lunch.
For more info contact:
Wolf Creek Dam maps now available on the Internet
State Will Test "Reverse 911" Downstream of Dam
State testing dam failure notification system
Usable Boat Ramps According to the Corps:
The following Corps operated and Commercial Marina boat ramps are usable at or near the target elevation 680. (Ramps are monitored on a daily basis and conditions are subject to change.)
General Burnside Island State Park
Cave Creek (approx. 15' of concrete left, then mud)
Conley Bottom Marina (campground ramp, boats less 20'approx.)
Grider Hill Marina
Halcomb's Landing (small boats less 20'approx.)
Lee's Ford Marina
Waitsboro (small boats less 20'approx.)
Ramps projected to be open by the start of the summer recreation season.
The list below is subject to change and is not final. It is for planning purposes.
Ramps expected to be open are:
Grider Hill Marina Conley Bottom Resort
Halcomb’s Landing Fall Creek Recreation Area
Beaver Creek Resort Lee’s Ford Marina
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park Slate Branch
Jamestown Marina Waitsboro Recreation Area
Lily Creek General Burnside Island State Park
Ono at Caney Creek embayment Cave Creek
Alligator II Omega/Buck Creek Marina
Cumberland Point Recreation Area
WEB SITES OF INTEREST
Jamestown Resort Marina, from the motel island looking ESE out to the main lake.
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