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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Lighthouse Landing, Grand Rivers, KY

Lighthouse Landing, Grand Rivers, KY.

While looking for an overnight stop, my familiarity with the area brought me to Lighthouse Landing.  The Landing is well know for sailing of Kentucky Lake and part of the Grand Rivers development. 

The boat pictured is part of the Christmas decorations with a contest for best decorated boat.  Alas, at time of this writing, the contest had only begun.  This view was at sunset and struck me as typical of the view along Kentucky Lake.

My original thought was to dry camp in the parking lot at Lighthouse for the view and only for one evening.  However, true to good business sense, the desk indicated they had one site available and the cost would be $22/day.  Not a bad deal and being self employed, I could only accept the site. However, the view from their parking lot was superior. 

To be fair to Lighthouse, the development is primarily for sailors.  They do offer seasonal campsites which appear to be rented by the year.  The area is well maintained and not your typical redneck sites with all the vehicles, furniture and tired dogs laying around.  I was informed that they only had one site available for my one evening stay.  The sites are gravel and somewhat slopping with narrow access.  Not the typical spot for big rigs.  However, for 5th. wheels and motorhomes under 40 ft. the sites can be accessed.

Within the development, the walk to the lake along the paved trail is wonderful.   You have a full view of Kentucky Dam, locks and wonderful sunets and sunrise.  No wonder the sailors prefer this marina.  Within walking distance is the downtown area of Grand Rivers, KY.  The Patties 1800 development is the center piece of the town.  Patties restaurant offers exceptional dining in a very small town.  Bring you own wine for none is served, however, they will provide glasses.  Not kidding here, your own wine, corkscrew, plain brown bag and keep is under the table after opening.   Welcome to a "dry" county in Kentucky.  We only make 90 % of the world's bourbon but cannot drink wine served at dinner.  Go figure. 

You will be located within 1/2 mile of the entrance to Land Between the Lakes (LBL) a wonderful, one million acre preserve.  Do not miss the hiking trails, bike trails and just the scenic drives.  If the rangers would permit, the pull off site along the scenic overlook to Kentucky Lake would be a great dry camp site.  Did not try this but may in the future.  I might give them a little challenge.

Happy Trails!

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