Lake Cumberland Charm

Author
Heather
Category
Destinations, Things to Do

Lake Cumberland Charm

Lake Cumberland, in south central Kentucky is well known for its tree-lined beauty and the various ways to experience it. With over 100 square miles, and 1200 miles of shoreline, there are endless possibilities. Lake Cumberland is a popular spot for houseboating, fishing, sightseeing, and world record breaking events. 

Lake Cumberland is a top destination for anglers of all ages and levels of experience. You never know what could be on the other end of your line: Crappie, Largemouth, Smallmouth, White Bass, Sturgeon, Catfish, Striper, Trout, and Bluegill to name a few. There are many local guides that will take you out and show you the ropes, but you can have the adventure of a lifetime on your own by following a few tips.

  • Bass: Smallmouth and Largemouths are a great catch in the springtime from late March to early May where they congregate in bays and coves. They tend to find deeper coves throughout the summer. Deep trolling is recommended in the summertime, but they will forage near the surface in early mornings and early evenings. Use crankbaits, spinner baits, or jigs. Cumberland is also famous for its spring run of White Bass. Catch with 2-3" minnows in late spring, or shad minnows near the surface in late summer/early fall with artificial lures and streamers.
  • Trout: Brown and Rainbow are commonly found below Wolf Creek Dam where the water temperature remains somewhat steady throughout the season. Use corn, salmon eggs, spinner baits or spoons.
  • Striper: aka Rockfish tend to hang out in the lower reaches of the lake in late April/beginning of May but will take water baits at dawn. They feed in deeper water in the summer, so it's best to use trolling or live baits. After about mid-September use live shad, as they are typically found at around 20-30' depths.
  • Crappie: they frequent coves around brush, fallen trees, boat docks, and other cover. Use minnows or small jigs for a predictable catch. 

Did you know that there is a waterfall on Lake Cumberland that is best viewed from your houseboat? Seventy-Six Falls is difficult to access from the shoreline, and dangerous to try and get a straight shot of it. 

  • You'll find Seventy-Six Falls south of the dam, at the every end of Indian Creek. There is speculation in regards to how exactly it recieved its name. Contrary to popular believe, it is not "76" feet high. More like 44 feet high and about 20 feet wide. It's believed it got it's name from the 18th century town called "Seventy-Six."

Lake Cumberland is a great place for family fun, and a nice quiet getaway, but it's also a popular spot for party goers and some record breaking lake wide events:

  • Raft Up: generally the first or second weekend in August, this event began in 2010 breaking the Guiness World Record for the most boats tied together in a single raft-up. The record was broken by over 1500 boats.
  • Watch musical performances lakeside floating on an innertube, beer in hand.

  • Poker Run: This event is a big deal, houseboat reservations typically book up a year in advance so planning ahead is crucial! Poker Run takes place the weekend following Labor Day in September. It's a two day event from Friday afternoon to Saturday evening. The idea is to visit at least 5 of the 9 marinas and collect a card at each to make up your poker hand. If you visit 8 of the 9 marinas you receive an extra card. Winning hands win big-time prizes. 
  • Reminiscent of Mardi Gras with lakeside music and entertainment in a party like atmosphere. Make all sorts of new friends and reunite with those from past events in this lake-wide party. 
  • The course is 110 miles, which concludes at Harmon Creek (aka "Party Cove") where people gather as the ultimate party spot.

 

Whatever you're looking for, you'll no doubt find it at Lake Cumberland. Start planning today! Give us a call at 888-454-8825 or send an Online Request and an agent will get back to you shortly to guide you through the first steps of making unforgetable memories.

 

Houseboating with Infants - You can do it!

Houseboating with Infants - You can do it!

Raystown Lake, a Mountain Bikers Paradise

Raystown Lake, a Mountain Bikers Paradise

Join Our Newsletter

Want to get more great houseboating information? Join over 60,000+ other houseboaters and sign up for our newsletter. Be the first to receive our latest specials, helpful articles, and other great information directly to your email inbox for FREE! Don't worry, we won't share your information.