3 Things To Do At Lake Cumberland KY Before Summer Ends

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Fall is right around the corner and begins on September 23, 2019.  Because Jamestown and Russell Springs Kentucky are so far south in the state, our weather stays warm late into the year, but be sure to do some of these things before the year gets away from you!


There are more rental houseboats in one location on Lake Cumberland than anywhere else in the U.S. and Jamestown & Russell Springs alone hold that title!  Out of the five large commercial marinas in Russell County, Kentucky, three of those rent houseboats.  Houseboat vacations are perfect if you’re looking for a unique trip that your family or friends would remember for a lifetime.  Affordable houseboat rental is possible, and most rent for under $200 per person for the entire vacation! Most people have zero experience driving a houseboat, but have no fear you will feel confident before you set out onto Lake Cumberland after your Captain’s Lesson.  Kentucky Houseboat rentals have lovely full kitchens, bathrooms and all the amenities of home.

Take a look at these incredible marinas for Kentucky Houseboat Rental Options…

Lake Cumberland State Dock

Jamestown Resort & Marina (Also known as Safe Harbor – Jamestown)

Lake Cumberland Marina (formerly known as Alligator II Marina) – Lake Cumberland Marina is still working on their website. For information about houseboat rental, floating cabins, or lakeside cabins, give them a call at 270-866-6616.

The best place to rent a houseboat is at Lake Cumberland Kentucky


There are many options for campgrounds around Lake Cumberland and the Cumberland River as well as primitive camping along the Lake Cumberland shoreline.  There is nothing that brings family and friends together like surrounding yourselves in nature and relaxing at a Kentucky campsite.  Here are some of our favorites if you like camping in Kentucky…

Kendall Recreation Area – Kendall is the most popular campground in the Lake Cumberland area and is managed by the Army Corps of Engineers.  Located along the Cumberland River, the campsites are large, flat and offer both water and electric.  Kendall Campground has hiking trails and one of the only trout streams of its kind in the U.S.  Reserve your Lake Cumberland camping site online.  TO MAKE A RESERVATION, or locate further information, contact the Recreation.gov reservation line toll-free at 1-877-444-6777. This telephone service is available from March 1 to October 31 between the hours of 10am – Midnight EST and from November 1st through the last day of February between the hours of 10 am – 10 pm (EST). You can also find information and make reservations online at Recreation.gov.

Best places to go camping in Kentucky and Lake Cumberland

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park – With more than 52,000 acres of water and 1,225 miles of shoreline, Lake Cumberland is considered one of the finest fishing and boating areas in the Eastern United States. Perched high above the watery expanse, the park offers visitors a wide array of recreational opportunities, from tennis to trails. Plenty to do at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park both on and off the lake.  Lake Cumberland State Resort Park is located in Jamestown, Kentucky and offers guests a variety of campsites for both RV’s and tents.

Kentucky State Park Campground sites can be occupied by a maximum of 8 occupants. 4 adults, 17 years old and above and minor children are included in the base price. If more than 4 adults are going to be on the site, an additional $5.00 per night per adult will be collected upon arrival at the park.

Quiet hour begins at 11pm (Central). Check-out time is 1:00pm (Central) on the day the permit expires.

Electricity pedestals are almost all shared between two sites. On those with both 30A and 50A service, generally the larger site is assigned the larger capacity, however, the possibility of cross-over exists.

Please note:

  • The maximum reservation window is 12 months in advance to the date.
  • New Inventory is made available when the call center opens.
  • There is a 1 night minimum stay during the week at all parks.
  • There is a 2 night minimum stay on peak season weekends at all parks with the exception of the Kentucky Horse Park.
  • The minimum stay on peak season weekends at the Kentucky Horse Park is 1 night.
  • Customers may arrive on a Friday or Saturday and stay a minimum of two nights.
  • Customer service is authorized to fill in any empty spaces caused by the 2-night weekend stay rule.

Lake Cumberland campgrounds and camping

Russell Springs KOA Campground – If you’re looking for a full hookup camping experience, the Russell Springs KOA campground would be a perfect option!   It’s water, water everywhere when you stay at this campground right next to Lake Cumberland, in one of Kentucky’s most scenic recreational areas. Camp here, and it’s just a mile to the lakeshore, boat ramp, boat rentals and restaurant. Fishing is great, and so is cruising along the lake’s meandering shoreline. Also be sure to visit the area’s other key water attraction: Cumberland Falls has been dubbed the “Niagara of the South” and is one of the nation’s largest waterfalls. There’s plenty more to do in the area – including Mammoth Cave National Park – and plenty to do right at KOA. Play a set of tennis or team up for some volleyball, then cool off in the pool. The recreation hall has cable TV and plenty of video games. Pool: May 18 – Sept. 10. Max pull thru: 75 feet. 

Best places to go camping in Kentucky


Lake Cumberland is home to a number of delightful waterfront restaurants which are open seasonally, but will close down when the weather turns cold.  Don’t miss out on eating some of the best foods on the lake with a million dollar view.  For a full list of wonderful waterfront restaurants visit our Dining Page Here!

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