Thanks to more than one thousand tons of rock and gravel a key boat ramp for the houseboat building industry has been extended. The ramp at General Burnside Island State Park was extended more than 100 feet over the last four days, which will allow Sharpe Houseboats to resume testing their custom built watercraft.
February 8th a Sharpe Transport Truck became stuck at the end of the General Burnside Island ramp after launching a boat for testing. The water level on Lake Cumberland is currently ten feet lower than normal. The Army Corps of Engineers have lowered the lake to 680 feet above sea level as they work on the Wolf Creek Dam. This has revealed many previously unseen portions of the lake's 48 boat ramps and has made some unusable. Joe Sharpe whose company employees more than 90 people is pleased the state stepped up "we're just tickled to death with the state's attitude and getting here and getting it fixed and a quick fix but it's going to work." Sharpe Houseboats are sold all over the world and before they are transported, they are all tested from this same ramp.
Paving work is planned as well on the site and should be completed by April. State officials estimate nearly half of Lake Cumberland's 48 boat ramps will be fully functional by the start of summer.
Source: Chris Dietz WTVQ