Written by: Danielle Wilson
Thunder Run, June 17-18, is the first of two fantastic poker run weekends over the summer. The second Lake Cumberland Poker Run, scheduled for September 8-10, is recognized as one of the top five poker runs in the country. Both events are open for boats of all speeds and sizes and are among the most popular events at Lake Cumberland.
For those unfamiliar with poker runs, get ready for some fun for your whole family or special crew. Poker runs are a family-friendly game of chance, and gambling is not involved. The poker run is not a race, and speed has no bearing. Boaters take to the water to five different designated locations where they are dealt a card in a sealed envelope; the cards must remain sealed until the awards presentation at the end of the run. Then, at the end of the run, best card hand wins!
To make it even more fun, the weekend is filled with all sorts of events, like fun runs, raft ups, music, and dock parties. And, while you’re in the area, don’t miss some of the other Lake Cumberland attractions, like the Wolf Creek Dam and Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery.
Bring your own boat or look into Lake Cumberland boat rentals at one of the area marinas. For a leisurely view of the lake, enjoy the events from the comfort of a houseboat rental—Lake Cumberland is the Houseboat Capital of the World!
Make your boat, houseboat, cabin, motel, hotel or Lake Cumberland State Resort Park Lure Lodge reservations early, while they last. There are lots of places to stay and a variety of places to eat while you are in the area. Lake Cumberland is located between I-75 and I-65, near Russell Springs, an easy drive just a little over two hours from Louisville.