Jungle Cruise on Lake Cumberland
When our kids and grandkids were toddlers we would take our
boat on what we called a jungle cruise to Greasy Creek on Lake
Cumberland in Kentucky. To find the creek you need to take
your boat to Jamestown Marina. Turn into the first branch on the
right just past the marina. This is where our jungle cruise begins.
There you can see gorgeous tall cliffs topped with trees and vegetation.
Sometimes you will see a small water falls trickling down as in the above picture.
If you turn off your boat you will probably see lots of birds and fish jumping
out of the glistening water. When the kids were young there were no houses, but
now there are lots of beautiful homes with huge windows where the owners can
look out and view the beautiful, large Lake Cumberland.
While on the jungle cruise my husband and I would pretend that Indians lived
on the cliffs as we did our war hoops and would make a big deal out of the
imaginary Indians we would see.
To this day we still travel to Greasy Creek and when we do it is called a jungle
cruise. Towards the end of Greasy Creek you will observe three bridges . First
you come upon the original US 127 bridge with an occasional car passing as you
ride under it. If you look closely under the edges of this decades old bridge you’ll
see several mud looking holes that look like large mud dauber nests. We saw
adorable yellow birds(maybe yellow finches) flying in and out of them. I’m sorry
I didn’t get a picture of them to share. We aren’t sure they built the nest or some
Travel on down and you come upon another old US bridge. Keep moving
down the stream and you will see the new US 127 bridge. Under these bridges is
a good place to stop and eat your picnic lunch, and you will see lots of names and
graffiti that I find quite interesting to read. The reflections of the trees and sky is
Keep going and when you come to the end you’ll see rippling water cascading
down layers of rock. If you park your boat and get out to walk around the rocks be
careful because they can be slick and we have seen snakes around the area. I guess
they love the area as much as we do.
You can only see these falls in the spring when the water is up. For several years
when the dam was being repaired you couldn’t even get to where the first bridge is.
I hope some day you will enjoy this “jungle cruise” with your family on lovely
Lake Cumberland in Kentucky.
Mrs. Bhttps://youtu.be/5dYAurSNG24 check out this short video of the aerial view of Greasy Creek. This video
was taken before the damn repair was completed. During the damn repairs the water was
too low for boats to get up that far into the creek. That’s why the water
looks so trashy in the video. Hope you enjoy!