County Connections: Kincaid Lake State Park a gem for residents of Pendleton County and surrounding areas

11/29/2017 01:43 PM

FALMOUTH – Kincaid Lake State Park first opened to the public in 1963 and has been providing recreational opportunities for area residents ever since.

The artificial lake was created in 1961 by impounding Kincaid Creek, which is a branch of the Licking River.

The pool and recreation area is open Memorial Day until mid-August, the marina opens at the end of April where the park offers visitors pontoon boats, motor boats, paddle boats, row boats along with some bait and tackle, the campground season runs from mid-March to mid-November.

Lifelong Pendleton County resident Jeff Auchter, who has served as park manager for the past 24 years, says Kincaid Lake offers a number of facilities for families to hold events.

“We have meeting rooms that are available for wedding receptions an family reunions, we have a shelter that we rent out that’s back close to the pool and recreation area that makes it nice when they’re having their family get together there,” Auchter said.

Kincaid Lake is 183 acres and is under the jurisdiction of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, which maintains and stocks the lake.

One unfortunate event in 2017 saw the parks 9-hole golf course close permanently on October 31 because the state could not find a private company to manage the facility.

“At this point, we’re looking at other options to put in that area but no decision has been made, but at this point, we will no longer have any golf here at Kincaid,” Auchter said.

While many of the state parks have suffered from deferred maintenance because of a lack of funding, Auchter is appreciative of an influx on money from Frankfort in 2017 which has allowed the parks staff to make some improvements.

“We had a construction crew in here this summer and they did upkeep on trail building, our rec building, the pool building, painting it, putting new roofs on, those kinds of things,” Auchter said.

The park’s biggest event is held the first full weekend in October when the Kentucky Wool Festival takes place on grounds adjacent to the park entrance.

Auchter, who is also a member of the Kentucky Wool Festival board, says that the event, which has grown in popularity since its first run in 1983, offers activities for all age groups, and maintains a family atmosphere.

Southern Living Magazine has voted the Kentucky Wool Festival as one of the top ten annual festivals in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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