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Rob17Outrage posted 03-25-2011 02:18 PM ET (US)   Profile for Rob17Outrage   Send Email to Rob17Outrage  
All,

I'm considering pulling my Outrage out of the barn here in west Michigan and down to Lake Cumberland, KY if the weather is permitting next weekend or weekend of April 8. Does anyone have any thoughts, recommendations, suggestions, on what to see and where to stay?

Thanks,

Rob

Nushlie posted 03-26-2011 10:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for Nushlie  Send Email to Nushlie     
Not a big fan of Cumberland

Nushlie

Moose posted 03-26-2011 11:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for Moose  Send Email to Moose     
I haven't been on that lake, but have heard many great stories out of friends that rented houseboats back when they were yuts just out of college. Sounded like a fun spot.

The only info I have to add (and you may already be very aware of) was the situation with the leak in the damn. It's been a few years, didn't sound like a quick fix at the time. I didn't Google or Bing this topic to see what the current status is. I believe when they found the leak they dropped the water level MANY feet as a precaution to it failing while the lake was full, it had the capacity to harm cities as far away as Nashville if I recall correctly. Only bring this up as a heads up type of thing, open access ramps may be limited, charts may be obsolete, etc.

Or, that whole problem may be old news now, I hope so.

Rob17Outrage posted 03-27-2011 09:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for Rob17Outrage  Send Email to Rob17Outrage     
Thanks for the feedback. Any other suggestions for an eight hour or less drive from Grand Rapids, MI to drop the boat in next weekend. I'm open to anything.

Thanks,

/r

prj posted 03-27-2011 09:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for prj  Send Email to prj     
Jimh's sail log might provide some information for your planning. Even if it doesn't, its a pleasant read:

http://continuouswave.com/sail-logs/ky1999/

Moose posted 03-27-2011 10:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for Moose  Send Email to Moose     
Curiosity got the best of me.

Had to look up some info and see what was happening there. This was one of the better sites I came across, but it's certainly a chamber of commerce type of source to be considered with a grain of salt. Ramps have been extended and marinas are open. A lot of the info is at least 2 years old.

http://www.lake-cumberland-rentals.com/dam_repairs.htm#ramps

I'd be interested in some feedback on that lake if you make it there, ramps, bourbon, hotels, do's, don'ts, same type of stuff you're looking for. I've often considered it a possibility for an early season trip to somewhere fairly close and warmer.

Sam Collins posted 03-27-2011 06:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sam Collins  Send Email to Sam Collins     
The entire population on the State of Kentucky is going to Houston next weekend. So you can have the whole place to yourself!
PeteB88 posted 03-29-2011 07:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Homassossas this weekend, be there or be square!
Rob17Outrage posted 03-31-2011 04:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rob17Outrage  Send Email to Rob17Outrage     
Thanks for all the advice. It doesn't look like the weather is going to be much better than here in Michigan.

I took the Outrage out for the first time this season in Lake Macatawa (Holland, MI) and it was COLD. The wind was blowing much harder than the forecasts indicated. I did get a chance to use my iNavX on the iphone for the first time. It worked really well and steered us clear of hitting an unmarked stand bar in the middle of the lake.

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