Last month my blog focused on the sustainable extraction of limestone. I wanted to make this month’s blog a little more fun and personal. So, we are going to talk about my favorite lakes in (and around) Kentucky. I know…I know…. it is officially fall. Why in the world am I blogging about lakes? Well, for one, you can always plan for next summer! Second, you can still enjoy our lakes in the fall and winter months. The cold weather should never stop you from enjoying what nature has to offer!
Let’s start with one close to home for me. A little over 15 miles from my hometown of Morehead, Ky is Cave Run Lake. It is located in Rowan, Morgan, Menifee, and Bath County. I grew up visiting, hiking, swimming, camping, and fishing here and continue to visit every chance I get. What I love most about Cave Run is, even on extremely busy days, you can always find peace and quiet. What else does the lake have to offer?
- Camp at Twin Knobs and Zilpo.
- Put your boat in at 12 different locations.
- Picnic all over.
- Swim at two managed swimming beaches: The Beach (located in Twin Knobs) and. Or, swim wherever you like! I suggest Windy Bay and Billy Branch.
- Try out your “lake legs” at Cave Run Marinas.
- Fish for Bass, Catfish, Bluegill, Walleye, etc. Musky fishing is very popular here!
- Eat at Pops BBQ
- Attend the annual Storytelling Festival the 29th and 30th of September…you still have time to make it this year!
I spent a weekend at Norris Lake with a group of friends a couple years ago. Since then, I have always wanted to plan another trip. Norris Lake is in Tennessee; located a little over an hour from Pineville, Ky. I choose to include it in this blog because, in my experience, the lake is relatively unknown and it is close enough to Ky. I fell in love with Norris Lake immediately due to its seclusion and small size. So, why Norris Lake?
- Over 20 Marinas!
- Camp at Norris Dam State Park Campground
- Water Skiing. I “attempted” it…. and failed.
- Fish for Bass, Crappie, and Walleye.
- Over 16 restaurants…many of which are at Marinas.
- And obviously, swimming and hiking trails.
Over this past summer, I had to the opportunity to spend a couple days at Cumberland Lake, located in the southeastern part of the commonwealth. However, this was the only time I have been there. So, my knowledge of Cumberland Lake is limited. The short time I was there, I really enjoyed what the lake had to offer.
- I remember thinking every person there, but me, was on a boat. There are boat rentals all over!
- Our lodging was through a local cabin company. There are many…many more.
- I suggest spending time on Cumberland River, as well.
- Do I even need to say this? Lodging, food, fishing, hiking, and swimming.
- If you’re a coffee drinker, try Baxter Coffee.
I think I see a pattern with my favorites. They are all relatively located on the eastern side of the state. Maybe I need to visit some lakes on the western side next year. Any suggestions?
What is your favorite lake? Let me know in the comments!