A guide for Lake Cumberland Users

EVERY LAKE CUMBERLAND USERS SHOULD KNOW

This User’s Guide for Lake Cumberland are only suggestions. Further suggestions are welcome.

  • BEING PREPARED: The essentials.

* Make sure everyone has a PFD (Life Vest), knows how to wear it and has easy access to it.

* Carry a working spotlight or flashlight. You should also check your battery/lights/cables/horn and make sure they work.
And don’t forget to always carry a small fire extinguisher in case there is a need to use it on board.

* Inspect your fuel and make sure you have enough for your journey.

* Always carry a VHF radio and at least TWO members of the group know how to use it. Check the batteries and spare if the VHF is portable. A cell phone is ok to use, but should not be relied on since the climate might effect them a lot.

* Carry a working bilge pump or at least a bailing bucket.

* Always* check the weather forecast through out the journey and keep an eye on the weather. Use your radio for updates.

  • BOATING: Safely and courteously launching and using your boat.

* Pack you boat, drain plug in and undone the straps

* If you are going to meet up with some friends, do not park your vehicle in a trailer parking space.

* Don’t Do Fishing on or around the launch ramps.

* DO NOT SWIM on or around the launch ramps.

* Teach your spouse/friend how to back the trailer at the ramp to load/unload the boat.

* Be patient. CRUISING THE LAKE NEVER let anyone ride on your boat with his or her feet dangling off the front or back of
the boat.

* At night, you will be unable to tell the depth perception of a water. You can’t even tell how far away from those light until you run into it. And DO NOT follow directly behind a boat at night. If it slows down or stops you won’t realize it until you crash them. Follow by their side instead.

* To estimate the water geography read the shoreline. If the shore has an almost vertical cliff, more than likely it’s the same
below the shoreline. If the shore has a very gradual slope, underwater it may be the same and it is possible to hit a submerged
object.

* Navigating or floating at NIGHT will required a proper running lights. When anchored at night, you are required to display an anchor light or stern light from sundown to sunup.