Written by: Janette Marson
I used to think that the notion of living a champagne lifestyle on a beer budget was an urban myth, and things like houseboats on crystalline lakes definitely fell into the “champagne lifestyle” category (but with no beer budget option). As it turns out, Lake Cumberland in Kentucky breaks the myth and then some.
With over 1,200 feet of shoreline, Lake Cumberland features more houseboating vacation rentals than anywhere else in the world (hence why it’s called the “Houseboat Capital of the World”). Not only that, it’s incredibly affordable for anyone from college students to celebrating brides-to-be to reuniting families. So, for anyone who loves the spoils of nature and who loves to be spoiled by nature, pack the kids, the neighbors, grandparents…whomever, and set sail for Lake Cumberland!
Outdoor Lovers’ Dream Vacation: A Have a Houseboat Holiday
So, what exactly does a houseboat entail? Houseboats feature all of the amenities of home and then some. Many are equipped with two to three-story slides on the back (for a maximum fun-factor). Hot tubs aren’t uncommon either because how decadent is soaking in water on top of the water? Houseboats are basically pontoon boats and party barges rolled into one epic vessel. Talk about having your champagne and drinking it, too!
Even more ideal is that Lake Cumberland’s four prime marinas rent houseboats of varying sizes. If you have a big group who wants to stay together, that’s no problem. One elaborate boat features eight bedrooms and houses 40 guests. Groups also have the option of renting individual houseboats and docking them alongside one another, like a floating duplex of sorts.
The next big question just becomes which marina to (briefly) call home.
Services and amenities at each marina are similar yet they vary in specifics. Rent pontoon boats, houseboats, slips, jet skis, fishing equipment and more at the marinas. While it’s understandable you may never want to set foot outside your houseboat, keep in mind that Russell County has much to offer visitors as well.
Big Time, Small Town
Russell County, which is where Lake Cumberland is predominantly located, is a small southern community packed with fun things to do against a stunning backdrop. It’s perfect for travelers who enjoy having experiences and who don’t mind getting their feet wet.
At Lake Cumberland, you’re swimming, fishing for rainbow trout and walleye, or soaking in a hot tub…you’re geocaching, canoeing, and kayaking across crystal clear lake waters in which you can see up to 30 feet down…you’re going on a scenic horseback ride through Lake Cumberland State Park. You are paying a nighttime visit to Cumberland Falls at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park to view the elusive “moonbow”, which typically presents itself a couple of hours after moonrise on the full moon.
When you’re not wake boarding around Lake Cumberland, spend lazy afternoons shopping the town. Do some light antiquing at Pioneer Antiques or at Russell Springs Antique Mall or pick up oddments on the Historic Main Street Shopping District in Russell Springs, Refresh with coffee and homecooked Kentucky delights at the Springs Diner, Coe’s Steakhouse, Jamestown Cafe, or any of our lovely waterfront restaurants.
If you build up an appetite while shopping, there are lots of delicious bites around town, but you’re here to commune with nature and to indulge in lake life, so why not dine on the water?
Actually, none of Lake Cumberland should be missed, which is why it should be added to your must-visit bucket list. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast or a water lover or someone who wants to live decadently on a dime, then Lake Cumberland is your dream destination.
Want to have the experience of a lifetime without breaking the bank – Make Houseboat Rental on Lake Cumberland a “must do” for your next vacation!