If you’re looking for a water-oriented getaway this summer, look no further than Kentucky, where pristine lakes, rivers and streams offer unmatched opportunities for escape and rejuvenation.

A long weekend at one of Kentucky’s jewel-like lakes is a great way to refresh in the cooling waters that abound throughout the state. For the adventurous, whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Russell Fork River near Elkhorn City are also great options.

“Dozens of coves beckon houseboaters to Lake Cumberland, while Class IV rapids on the Russell Fork and Big South Fork test the skills of whitewater paddlers,” said Mike Mangeot, commissioner of Kentucky’s Department of Travel and Tourism. “Kentucky is a water vacation paradise.”

Numbers tell the tale of Kentucky’s water recreation assets. The Bluegrass State boasts:

89,400 miles of rivers and streams. Of these, 114 miles are designated Kentucky Wild Rivers, protected from man-made intrusions.

170 public lakes and reservoirs.  Boating and fishing options are abundant.

4,268 miles of shoreline around Kentucky’s three largest lakes – Lake Barkley, Kentucky Lake and Lake Cumberland.

225,000 acres of wetlands. Wildlife viewing is among the popular activities in these abundant areas surrounding lakes and streams.

So get moving on your plans for a Kentucky water getaway this summer. For more information, visit www.kentuckytourism.com.


The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism is an agency within the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, which promotes the Commonwealth as a travel destination. Tourism in Kentucky has an economic impact of more than $12.2 billion, supports about 174,000 jobs and generates more than $1.2 billion in taxes.



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