March 29 Newsletter on Lake Cumberland/Wolf Creek Dam
Friends of Lake Cumberland –
Several new news articles appear at the end of the newsletter, including some interesting photos.
Environmental Impact Study on the Lake Cumberland water level reduction.
The Corps is seeking public comments to consider and evaluate impacts of the reduction. You are asked to assess impacts on public health and safety, endangered species, historic properties, water quality, water supply and conversation, economics, aesthetics, wetlands, flood hazards, floodplain values, land use, navigation, shore erosion, and accretion, recreation, energy needs, general environmental effects, and in general, the needs and welfare of the people.
They also want comments on plans or proposals for any other development that may impact or influence resources within the area.
Contact Chip Hall at 615-736-7666 or e-mail comments to email@example.com. Comments are due by April 22, 2007.
You can mail them to:
Department of the Army
Nashville District, Corps of Engineers
P.O. Box 1070
Nashville, TN 37202-1070
Corps’ weekly progress report (3/27/07):
The KY Department of Tourism has created a photo gallery for the pictures we have received showcasing the water at Lake Cumberland. It can be viewed at:
We hope to rotate pictures into the gallery as we receive them, showing the different seasons.
RAMP CONDITIONS ACCORDING TO THE CORPS:
The following Corps operated and Commercial Marina boat ramps are usable at or near the target elevation 680” (* Due to recent heavy rainfall, lake elevations have been higher than the targeted 680 elevation and many ramps not shown on this list may be currently usable. However, lake levels are on the fall and these ramps are expected to change to the status of unusable again. Ramps are monitored on a daily basis and conditions are subject to change.) Lake predictions for March 9, 2007 are in the range of 685 elevation and by March 21, 2007 the 680 elevation range.
General Burnside Island State Park
Cave Creek (approx. 15' of concrete left, then mud)
Conley Bottom Marina (campground ramp, boats less 20'approx.)
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
If you have any questions, please e-mail them to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past newsletters are available at www.commerce.ky.gov. Click on the “News” icon on the left side of the page to view them.
WEB SITES OF INTEREST
Jamestown Resort Marina, from the motel island looking ESE out to the main lake.
LIVE WEBCAM ON LAKE CUMBERLAND
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS PUBLIC TOWN HALL MEETINGS
2 April,-Carthage, TN., Smith County High School, Auditorium,
312 Fite Avenue, 6:30-8p.m.,
maps available at 3:30 p.m.
12-April, - Hartsville, TN., Trousdale County High School, gym,
off HWY 25 on McMurray Blvd, 6:30-8p.m.,
maps available at 3:30 p.m.
Corps releases mitigation funds
$2.25 million to provide relief from lowered levels of Lake Cumberland
‘No-Wake Zone’ for water intakes coming to area around Cooper Power Station
A permanent fix for Burnside Island
Cumberland Despite shockingly low lake levels, large fish are still being taken on the Cumberland. Lake Cumberland Blog's very own Paddlefish (Polyodon spathula) wrangler and expert wrestled this dinosaur this past Sunday. Paddlefish grow up to 7 feet. They can weigh as much as 200 pounds.
This beast, to heavy to be held after a trek up a 1/4 mile path uphill, had to be hoisted up with this sophisticated system of levers and pulleys. Harvesting fish is now much easier for our fishermen on the Cumberland as the timid elements of Northern navies are held in stowe by the deep oppressive mud and deceptively rich, but low water.
One man’s journey to the lake – in his Corvette. His story in photographs.