Federal government solicits proposals to build new commercial marina on Lake Cumberland

The federal government is soliciting proposals to develop another commercial marina on Lake Cumberland.

There are now eight marina leases on the lake, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which operates the giant reservoir.

The potential new marina site would cover 162 acres of land and water at Rowena Landing South in Russell County, just north of Albany, the corps said Thursday in a news release.

Several marinas on the lake have closed since the corps lowered the lake level in 2007 to aid repairs to Wolf Creek Dam. The move — along with the recession — has hurt tourism.

However, a corps official said the lake level will return to normal, and the agency believes increased tourism and boating will support a new marina.

The corps will accept proposals on developing and operating the marina until 1 p.m. Central time on July 16, with the lease to be awarded in April 2013.

Information on the process is available at http://www.lrn.usace.army.mil/re/pdf/Rowena.pdf.

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