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Old 08-20-2011, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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Many Cincinnatians are advocates of the southern KY lake region - Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley and the land between the lakes. I know several people who spend their entire summer oriented around activities there. They either own property on or near the lakes and spend each weekend there. Spend Friday night after work driving to the lake destination and spend late Sunday night driving back.

Even though I am retired and therefore can come and go at will, I am not prepared for the intensity they expend on these weekend excursions.

I have heard the lake levels have been substantially reduced by those in charge. Some people who had docks are now looking at dry land. The reason I understand is a concern the impounding dams may be weakening. Whether there is an impending catastrophic collapse I don't know.

This entire complex is part of the TVA. Another example of how a government run operation has no idea what the true status is other than pass the buck.

I would like to hear opinions, particularly from those involved. If you purchased property there with a dock and are now looking at dry land, what do you think?
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Old 08-21-2011, 07:54 PM
 
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I knew a lot more people from Cincinnati who did the weekend trip thing to Lake Cumberland.
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Old 08-22-2011, 08:44 PM
 
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Cumberland lake has been lowered due to issues with the wolf creek damn which is an army corp damn and not part of the TVA. While the TVA has issues they've provided some pretty important services over time, mainly powering the manhattan project activities in oak ridge. At it's peak production oak ridge was consing 1/7 of the electricity produced in the entire US.

Sorry for the tangent, just wanted to share a fun fact of history with eveyone.
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Old 08-25-2011, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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It's Lake Cumberland in Somerset which is wildly popular with the Ohio people, which confuses the locals but anyway....
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Old 08-26-2011, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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Originally Posted by Joeytraveler View Post
Cumberland lake has been lowered due to issues with the wolf creek damn which is an army corp damn and not part of the TVA. While the TVA has issues they've provided some pretty important services over time, mainly powering the manhattan project activities in oak ridge. At it's peak production oak ridge was consing 1/7 of the electricity produced in the entire US.

Sorry for the tangent, just wanted to share a fun fact of history with eveyone.
I thank you for pointing out it is Cumberland lake which has the dam problem. Some people I know say the water level has been reduced 100 feet. Seems like a whole bunch to me. Is there a plan to solve the problem? I have also been told the native vegetation is growing back with a vengence. Saplings, full fledged trees, etc covering the exposed banks. If I were a property owner with a cabin along the shoreline I would likely be upset.
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Old 08-26-2011, 03:40 PM
 
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My only familiarity with the lake is from a caving prespective. With the water being down new parts of caves are open which would be pretty wild to explore. I feel like I've heard a time table as to a fix but I can't recall what it was.
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Old 09-17-2011, 07:46 PM
 
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Lake Cumberland is huge, and even with the drawdown, it contains plenty of water for just about every possible activity. More of the shoreline is exposed at present while the Wolf Creek Dam is undergoing needed repairs, but this doesn't adversely affect boating, swimming, fishing, etc.
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Old 09-18-2011, 02:32 AM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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Lake Cumberland is huge, and even with the drawdown, it contains plenty of water for just about every possible activity. More of the shoreline is exposed at present while the Wolf Creek Dam is undergoing needed repairs, but this doesn't adversely affect boating, swimming, fishing, etc.
Not exactly what I hear from some property owners at the eastern end. Work on portions of the dam was suspended for six months, don't understand exactly why. Projected completion has now been moved from Oct. 2012 to Dec. 2012. Like most government projects it will like slip further and greatly over budget. I don't understand why a new dam downstream was not considered rather than the patchwork quilt of repairs with still no guarantee of success.
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