New live camera provides online view of Lake Cumberland
SOMERSET, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Somerset-Pulaski Economic Development Authority (SPEDA) has launched a 24/7 live camera providing sights of Lake Cumberland. This comes on the eve of Memorial Day weekend and after the introduction of a downtown live camera.
The lake camera is now live on SPEDA’s website and broadcasts a wide-angle view of the lake at the bend at Waitsboro with the KY 90 bridge to the left.
The camera, installed by Modern Systems, is a collaboration between SPEDA and Lake Cumberland Tourism that presents viewers a unique look at the Capital of Lake Cumberland. The goal is to inspire visitors to travel to the area.
“Travelers love to see where they are going when trying to make up their minds on which destination to choose,” said Michelle Allen, executive director of Lake Cumberland Tourism. “I’m not sure there is a better way to represent the Capital of Lake Cumberland than in real-time. Talk about making you want to be right out in the middle of the water once you see it. Many thanks to SPEDA for realizing the impact such projects have on our economy and showcasing what we have right in our backyard.”
Pulaski County’s largest industry is tourism. Drawing in 4 million recreational visitors each year, more than Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Canyon, Lake Cumberland is the number one destination in Pulaski County. Visitors spent over $126 million in the area in 2019, bringing in considerable tax revenue and supporting more than 1,000 tourism-related jobs.
Chris Girdler, SPEDA President and CEO, believes the lake camp is another tool SPEDA can implement to support and grow the tourism industry.
“We recognize the important role tourism plays in our county’s economy and we are committed to helping it grow,” Girdler said. “In addition to being the Houseboat Capital of the World, Somerset-Pulaski County is the Capital of Lake Cumberland and we want to provide whatever tools we can to showcase these designations and help the community thrive by highlighting the beautiful resource Lake Cumberland is.”
Both the downtown and Lake Cumberland cameras can be found on SPEDA’s website.