Kentucky's own "Houseboat Capital of the World" has now added another jewel to its crown. USA Today held a national poll asking folks to choose the best lake in the country, and Lake Cumberland made it to the top of the list. This comes as no surprise to the thousands of visitors who flock to Jamestown, Kentucky to take advantage of the amazing activities this beloved state park has to offer.

Origin of Lake Cumberland

Lake Cumberland is actually a reservoir that was formed by the Cumberland River when Wolf Creek Dam was built in 1952 as a source to generate hydro-power. According to the Kentucky Department of Tourism, "Lake Cumberland is one of the largest and most visited lakes in the Eastern United States" Mapping at over 100 square miles, it is the perfect spot for any water sport you could imagine.

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What to do on the water

Check out this video of some incredible drone footage. As you can see, the state-of-the-art marina offers houseboats, pontoon boats, fishing boats, ski boats, and more! Enjoy jet-skiing, kayaking, or swimming from the multiple sandy beaches. When the boats are out and about, you can even enjoy splashing waves!

Known also for the excellent fishing opportunity, the waters are stocked with various types of bass, crappie, and catfish.  There are local fishing guides who can show you the best spots to get lucky. Just be sure to have a valid Kentucky Fishing License.

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What to do on land

Lake Cumberland State Park surrounding the water has gorgeous scenic lodging so you can enjoy everything Mother Nature has to offer.  With beautiful hiking trails, excellent bird-watching, disc golf, geocaching opportunities, and more, you are sure to have a fun-filled time visiting with family or friends.

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To learn more or start planning your trip to Lake Cumberland visit https://lctourism.com/ for anything you need to know! You can book a cabin, rent your boat and make dinner plans all in one place.

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