"Just to have a panel of travel experts nominate Lake Cumberland along with these other wonderful tourism destinations was an honor," said Carolyn Mounce, executive director of Somerset-Pulaski County Convention and Visitors Bureau. "But to have readers from across the nation vote Lake Cumberland as fourth best in this class is just incredible. It's great to know so many people love Lake Cumberland as much as we do."
Lakes and reservoirs comprise 39.9 million acres in the United States. Each year, millions of visitors come from across the United States to enjoy the rugged beauty of the Lake Cumberland area's 63,000 surface acres and 1,255 miles of wooded shoreline.
It was a very close race between the winner and runner-up, but in the end it was Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks that won the most reader votes and the title of Best Recreational Lake. Big Bear Lake in California and West Okoboji Lake in northwest Iowa rounded out the top three.
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