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Lake Cumberland Reports Strong Summer

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Tax revenues and tourist spending were up during the summer at Lake Cumberland thanks to water levels that returned to normal after being down for several years.

Carolyn Mounce, the head of the Somerset-Pulaski Convention & Visitors Bureau, says marina operators were happy this season with the lake traffic.

The southern Kentucky lake's dam underwent major repairs beginning in 2007. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which operates Wolf Creek dam, lowered lake levels by 40 feet to ease pressure on the leaking structure. The repairs have since been completed.

Mounce says for the fiscal year beginning July 1, county transient tax revenues were up 1% over last year. Earlier this year, officials said rainfall had returned the lake to its full summer point for the first time in eight years.

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