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Lake Cumberland is a Reservoir in Russell, Kentucky.

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Lake Cumberland is an artificial lake in Clinton, Laurel, McCreary, Pulaski, Russell, and Wayne counties in Kentucky. The primary reasons for its construction were a means for flood control and the production of hydroelectric power. Its shoreline measures 1,255 miles and the lake is spread over 65,530 acres at the top of the power pool.

The reservoir ranks 9th in the U.S. in size, with a capacity of 6.1 million acre-feet of water, enough to cover the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky with 3 inches of water. The main lake is 101 miles long and over one mile across at its widest point. The lake has become a major source of tourism and an economic engine for south-central Kentucky.

The 75 miles of Cumberland River from Lake Cumberland Dam downstream to the Tennessee border is known as one of the premier trout fisheries in the Southeast for rainbow and brown trout.

Striped bass and walleye are also present. The upper 16 miles of river has fishing access for bank and wade anglers just below the dam, near Long Bottom, Helm's Landing, Rockhouse, and Winfrey's Ferry.

Trout fishing is good throughout the 75 miles of river.

Fishing Description: 

Smallmouth bass have an excellent forecast and are good winter fishery. Plenty of 15-18 inch fish present. Some 20-inch plus fish available. Spotted bass also have an excellent forecast with numerous fish available and a good density of relatively large 13-17 inch fish.

There are good numbers of largemouth bass in the 15-18 inch range and a few fish exceeding 20 inches. The striped bass forecast is good with several year-classes of fish available; there should be good catches of 8-15 pound fish, with fish larger than 15 pounds caught occasionally. Fish in the strong 2006 year class should approach legal size (24 inches) late in 2008. The white bass population density remains low but is improving. For best success, try headwater areas in early spring.

White crappie should have relatively good numbers of 7-9” crappie with a fair population of larger crappie. There is a fairly low density population of black crappie but should be adequate numbers of 8-10 inch crappie with occasional catches of larger crappie.

Numerous 6-7 inch bluegill available.

Good numbers of 13-20 inch channel catfish available with occasional catches of larger fish.

Expect another good year for walleye fishing at Lake Cumberland. Good density of 3-5 pound fish with a few fish over 6 pounds.

Facilities and Parks: 

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park features 50 campsites with electric and water hookups. The campground has a central service building with showers and rest rooms, a grocery, and a dump station. Pets are allowed if restrained. Closed for season from mid-November to mid-March.

Cumberland Point Campground

Cumberland Point Campground is located ten miles south of Nancy, Kentucky at the end of Highway 761. Cumberland Point overlooks the main lake of Lake Cumberland. Visitors can enjoy the 30-acre site which offers 30 campsites with electric and water hookups. Fourteen of these sites are waterfront, making them prime locations for weekend recreation.

Cumberland Point has a day use area, picnic shelter and public parking for 33 cars and 13 trailer units. The entrance station, picnic shelter and both shower houses are handicap accessible.

Boat Ramp: 

Boat anglers can launch at ramps just below the dam, Helms landing, and Winfrey's Ferry. Other boat ramps are at Burkesville (Mile 34 below the dam), Hwy 61 (Mile 38), Cloyd's Landing (Mile 51), and McMillan's Ferry (Mile 67).

For a complete list of Lake Cumberland Boat Ramps visit the Kentucky DNR's list of locations.


Event Name: BFL Bass Tournament
Club/Affiliation: FLW OUTDOORS
Waterbody: Lake Cumberland
Ramp: Conley Bottom Resort
Start Date: 5/8/2010 7:00:00 AM
End Date: 5/8/2010 3:00:00 PM
Type: Open Tournament
Number of Boats: 150
Target Species: BLACK BASS
Contact Name: mikehale
Contact Email:


Lake Cumberland State Resort Park
5465 State Park Road
Jamestown, KY 42629-7801
Telephone: 270-343-3111
Toll-free: 800-325-1709

Cumberland Point (KY)
10000 HWY 761
Nancy KY 42544

Directions to Lake: 

From Somerset take HWY 80 west toward Nancy, KY. From Nancy, KY, take Hwy 235 S for 1 mile to Hwy 761. Turn right onto Hwy 761 go for 9 miles to the recreation area entrance. Road ends in water.

Lake Cumberland
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