Originally a flood control project and hydroelectric project, Lake Cumberland graces Russell and six other South Central Kentucky Counties with over 1200 miles of gorgeously wooded shorelines, both on the main lake as well as its intricate network of creeks and coves, with over 50,000 acres of recreational waterway; all told, a virtual haven for fishing, hunting, camping, and all water sports.
While the Army Corps of Engineers preserves the beauty of this lake through dockage and use restriction, over a dozen public marinas and two Kentucky State Parks offer resort conveniences including slip and houseboat rental. While a handful of lakeside residential communities offer rare private boat slip availability, all lake oriented residences boast aesthetic serenity via woods, seasonal, or year round view, with access to nearby marinas and ramps.
Lake Cumberland enjoys comparatively mild winters to those of its fans from Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan, tempered by a southern jet stream to provide, on occasion, fantastic days in the fifties to sixties in mid-January and February! This phenomenon allows the lake's avid boaters to commence in full force from April all the way into November, while fishing is pursued year-round. Likewise, a home at the lake showcases each and every season in a most breathtaking setting.
Lake Cumberland is nestled within six South Central counties. From its northern Russell County access, the lake is 95 miles due south of Lexington, (2 1/2 hours southeast of Louisville), and approximately 170 miles south of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Kentucky's highway 127 runs north/south through the lakeside community of Jamestown. Just 6 miles north, in the town of Russell Springs, the Cumberland Parkway runs east/west to connect the lake to Bowling Green, Kentucky, 80 miles to the west, and to Interstate 75, 60 miles to the east, and thus a direct drive to Cincinnati, Knoxville, and points beyond.
Russell County also enjoys a relatively low property tax rate of only $7.79 per $1000. of valuation for the year 2003. You may also be subject to Jamestown City taxes ($.196 per $100.) or Russell Springs City taxes ($.188 per $100.). Tax rates as of December 2003 (subject to change.)