Kentucky’s lakes and shorelines are waiting

IT’S FINALLY THAT TIME of year again—time for us to head to the beautiful lakes throughout Kentucky. From one end of the state to the other, Kentucky offers an abundance of options for boaters. 

There is nothing that I love more than visiting with friends and family on the peaceful waters of Kentucky lakes. Dale Hollow, Grayson, Nolin, Cave Run, Barkley and Kentucky Lake are the ultimate for fishing and fun. 

One of my favorite memories is the night my wife, Kim, and I spent with one of her high school friends on a houseboat at Green River Lake, above, just outside Campbellsville. Dr. Kellee Frogge and her husband were gracious hosts. It’s crazy how fast time passes, how we sometimes lose touch with friends whose stories are woven into the fabric of our past.

I don’t think there’s anything better in Kentucky than watching the sun set across the water while sharing laughs and stories with friends and family. 

In the magazine this month, there is a story about Kentucky’s beaches (page 49). Many people don’t think about beaches when visiting our state, but we have our share. I think Kentucky offers the best of all worlds. Our tremendous parks, pristine lakes and friendly people make our state the perfect place to spend a day at the beach. 

I hope as you begin making plans for this summer you’ll consider visiting Kentucky’s amazing outdoor spaces. 

There still will be safety concerns as we get vaccinated for COVID-19 and venture back into the world. For that reason, staying close to home and visiting with people who are special in your life could become the perfect vacation. 

“A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” —Henry David Thoreau