General Burnside Sunrise Boating

General Burnside Island

General Burnside Island State Park

Park Activities

  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Golf Course
  • Playgrounds
General Burnside Island State Park
8801 S. HWY 27
Burnside, KY 42519


Burnside, KY
Southern Kentucky Vacations


Top Five Things To Do
  1. Play the award winning “Best Public” golf course in Kentucky.
  2. Launch your own or rent a boat to explore Lake Cumberland.
  3. Overnight in the 75-acre campground.
  4. Enjoy a day trip to Cumberland Falls.
  5. Enjoy a picnic with friends and family at our shelters

General Burnside Island State Park features an 18-hole golf course and a 102-site campground on an island. The park was named for the sideburn-whiskered Civil War general Ambrose Burnside. Burnside led patrols along the Cumberland River, circling this 400-acre island while on the lookout for Confederate soldiers.

Things to Do


Lake Cumberland provides some of the best fishing in the United States. Fish for crappie (10-inch size limit), largemouth and smallmouth bass (15-inch size limit) and striped bass (24-inch size limit and two fish daily limit). A Kentucky Fishing License is required. Click here to purchase a license online at KY Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources.


A marina next to the park has everything you need for a great day on the lake: rental slips, rental fishing boats, ski boats, pontoon boats, and houseboats are offered. A six-lane launching ramp at the park provides you with the perfect access to a fun-filled day on the lake. Nearby Lake Cumberland State Dock is located at the heart of the world capital of houseboating. Enjoy their renowned southern hospitality and luxurious houseboats as optional accommodations. Click here to visit their web site.

Cool lake breezes and beautiful views make camping at General Burnside a great getaway. The campground features 94 sites with utility hookups, two central service buildings with showers and rest rooms, and a dump station. The campground is open mid-March to mid-November. Call 606-561-3625.


An 18-hole regulation golf course with a pro shop, pull carts and riding carts is available. The completely renovated golf course at General Burnside Island is surrounded by Lake Cumberland in Somerset, KY. For more info on this course CLICK HERE.

General Burnside extends you an invitation to enjoy great facilities for your next picnic outing. Picnic tables, grills, and a playground are available. Two picnic shelters (one with rest rooms) are available for rental up to one year in advance.