To Ease The Pain Of Cabin Fever, Try A Kentucky Lake Road Trip And A Fishing Pole

the shoreline at Kentucky Lake is clean and clear of human debris, most folks seem to pay respect for the land here
the shoreline at Kentucky Lake is clean and clear of human debris, most folks seem to pay respect for the land here

Cabin Fever Strikes With A Vengance

Long, cold winter months and too much snow brought me to my knees in prayer. This season of the freeze seems like it is never going to close. Yes we have been blessed with a few tempered days of relief but really! This year was so bad I found myself fishing in an ice hole for relief. That was a beautiful day, though it seems like more of a daydream now.

Work, work, work and watching out the window had gotten the best of my free spirited nature. I feel lucky to have the time to get all of the inside chores taken care of but my energy level is waning. I need springtime to rejuvenate my physical self. Cabin Fever has taken me in and has been working my body and my mind over. I feel run down, drained and drab, just like the weather we have been enjoying in North West Indiana.

My decision to jump in the car running, never took more than a split second.

My cell phone rang on Friday afternoon while I was finishing up the last hour of my work week. My friend on the line sounded serious when she said we needed to talk. I told her I was trying to get this work week over but could stop what I was doing for a few minutes. I walked outside in the cold breeze in order to get better cell phone reception and said "what's up?" into my cell phone.

My friend said, "Susan I want to go fishing." I chuckled a sarcastic blurt and said "Yeah, me too". Then I said well you should go, I have to take care of paperwork this weekend and it is too cold for me. I have not been feeling too great and do not think I should be fishing in this cold weather. That is when she said she wanted to go to Kentucky or Tennessee. I said really? I will go too. I need a break, what is the weather suppose to be down there, will it be warm? When are we leaving? I can be ready by 6:30 PM. That might just cure this cabin fever! Kentucky Lake sounds good to me, we will be driving all night, what time did you get up? Will you be able to drive all night?

bright yellow Forsythia is a clashing contrast against the gray, leafless background of woods just plumping to bud
bright yellow Forsythia is a clashing contrast against the gray, leafless background of woods just plumping to bud
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A markerLand Between The Lakes, Kentucky -
Land Between the Lakes, Trigg West, KY 42211, USA
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B markerHammond Indiana -
Hammond, IN, USA
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C markerKenlake State Resort Park, KY -
Kenlake State Resort Park, 542 Kenlake Rd, Hardin, KY 42048-9313, USA
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Spring Is In The Air At Kentucky Lake

Driving all night we managed to land in the middle of Kentucky Lake State Park around 3 AM on Saturday morning. We went back to a place we had stayed before but there was nobody willing to answer a door bell or a phone call. We tried several places with the same results. I was ready for sleep when we saw the Kenlake State Resort Park sign. The sign said NOW OPEN YEAR ROUND. My friend said okay let's try that but do you think they are open all night?

We followed the signs in to the park and through the woods to the resort. This place looked like it was going to be very nice, very expensive but, HEY! I did not care at this point. I was ready for bed. Besides that, it was pretty and the grounds were in bloom with wild flowers and planted bulbs. The setting sold me so the nice lady behind the desk was only an added bonus. We could go someplace else AFTER I got some sleep. Kenlake State Resort Park was selling itself with it's beauty and charm as we filled out all the necessary paperwork for lodging. It was impressive to say the least.

No it was not expensive. The room rental was lower than Best Western and the accomodations were not only nice, the place was remarkably clean as a whistle. There was a perfect restaurant, gift shop sporting local crafts and typical gift shop items at reasonable prices. I purchased a T-shirt on clearance for $9. including tax and the quality was good. This resort was not over priced as I was expecting from the impression it made on first sight.

the early morning view from a very nice, clean, well kept, room at Kenlake Resort Hotel was a sight for sore eyes
the early morning view from a very nice, clean, well kept, room at Kenlake Resort Hotel was a sight for sore eyes
splashes of white were outstanding throughout the woods that surrounds the majestic land at Kentucky Lake
splashes of white were outstanding throughout the woods that surrounds the majestic land at Kentucky Lake

Kenlake State Resort Park

Nesteled in the woods surrounding Kentucky Lake, this state park is an enjoyable place to visit. There is plenty of things to do with all the amentities available. There is indoor as well as outdoor tennis, golf, fishing, hiking, camping and water sports abounding here. The people who keep the state park are extremly friendly and helpful and it makes for a great place to get away. I am sure this is the perfect cure for cabin fever no matter who you are.

Just ahead of the warm season bustle, we were able to spend plenty of quiet time, enjoying the surrounding nature and all of it's glory. We also had the opportunity to visit with the locals during meals at a nice restaurant located inside the hotel. The wonderful thing is you never have to leave the park once you get there. The park is equipped with everything you need to provide hours of relief from a long winter's wear and tear on the human spirit. My only regret was a lack of time to spend getting to know the extent of all there is to offer. I am sure that I will return to Kenlake State Resort Park many times in the future.

Fishing At It's Finest

Kentucky Lake offers plenty of fishing action for the pro or the novice fisher person. We caught Bluegill, White Bass, Large Mouth Bass and Skip Jacks by the score. The later are not an edible fish but, will sure keep you busy and they put up a wonderful fight. This is a great fish for small children to learn on. They run left and right when you try to bring them in to shore. They jump and they dive and they tend to be a good foot long so it makes for great excitement for the children and the child in all of us!

Inside The Park

This park is well equipped for fishing with boat ramps, a nice marina, bait shop, boat rentals, and more. You need it they have it. The fish cleaning station was well kept and featured a screened in space where the flying pests could not invade your fish cleaning projects. I was more than pleased with these accommodations and would highly recommend this state park to everyone.

we hoped to bag some Crappie but the cold front had moved in and driven them to deeper water, fishing from shore we settled on Kentucky Lake's Largemouth Bass, not that I was complaining
we hoped to bag some Crappie but the cold front had moved in and driven them to deeper water, fishing from shore we settled on Kentucky Lake's Largemouth Bass, not that I was complaining
this large bird kept me entertained for some time as we reluctantly packed the car to head back to Indiana on Sunday evening
this large bird kept me entertained for some time as we reluctantly packed the car to head back to Indiana on Sunday evening

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TimArends 2 years ago from Chicago Region

I'm another Northwest Indiana resident with a Kentucky connection, as I attended college there. I found the weather to be somewhat milder than what I was used to further up north.


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Leaderofmany 4 years ago from Back Home in Indiana

This Indiana girl can bait a hook with the best of them and loves to fish here in Kentucky. There are several good lakes to go to. Nice to know that another gal is not afraid to bait the hook and can string her own line.


SusieQ42 5 years ago

Sounds like fun, although I don't fish. Or should I say I haven't in many years? I do love KY though; it's a beautiful state, esp. in the Lexington area. I've never been to Kentucky lake. Thanks for the useful info, just in case I decide to visit sometime.


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frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

What an interesting story of your 'solution' and that it was such a great trip for you and your friend. Did you know that being around moving water produces negative ions, which are good for our bodies? Next time I want to go with you. I've never been to beautiful Kentucky. :-)


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C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana Author

Peggy W,

This is going to be someplace I will return to often. I can hardly wait to see this resort in autumn trees. Thanks for commenting.


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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a great hub with descriptions of that lovely lake and resort in Kentucky. Enjoyed your photos also. Although you may still be tired, look at the memories you will have with this terrific hub to prove it. Good remedy for your Spring fever!


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C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana Author

Hey Sweetie, Thanks for taking a look. I had a great time but payed for it all week, actually still tired today. I would go again in a moments notice.

Thanks Journey*, Glad you liked the photos. I wish I had taken more but short on time.


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Journey * 7 years ago from USA

C.S.Alexis, thanks for sharing this hub. Sounds like you had a terrific getaway and I like the pics you included! -Journey*


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

What a beautiful way to get away, especially doing what you love to do. I enjoyed the pictures also :).


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C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana Author

Looks like the ladies have had their share of winter too.

Teresa, don't be sorry you are blessed! I love the azaleas so much. We won't be seeing them for another month I would guess.

Zsuzsy, I have to admit your story made me laugh but I already begged God for forgiveness. I no you were going nuts. 3 weeks is just too long to be without your computer!

Jerilee, Glad you dropped in. I guess you have had a pretty strange winter there. I heard from a friend that it snowed while he was visiting about a month ago. Take your granddaughter fishing it is good time to visit while you fish.

G-Ma, I wish you had been there too. Peaceful it was. Thanks for the hugs!


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

Nothing like the water, a boat and a fishing pole that won't bring peace...Oh how I wish I had been there...Thanks for the reminder...G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace


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Jerilee Wei 7 years ago from United States

Cabin fever is even alive and well in sunny Florida. Your hub just convinced me that thoughts about going fishing next week during my granddaughter's spring break is exactly what we need to do. Love Kentucky, a little far, but maybe this summer for there. Great hub!


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

C.S. A few weeks ago I was wondering how to get over cabin fever as I was stuck alone in my Uncles cabin way up north, passed the Agawa Canyon. Most gorgeous place in spring, summer and fall but in the winter only Yeties live up there. (NO one in their right mind should have ventured up there this early in the year, but with my cousins nipping at my heels wanting to get their money from the will I had to try anyway). Sure enough I flew in, we landed on the frozen lake, the pilot was to come and get me in the morning of the second day. By early afternoon it began to snow and snow...the wind was the only thing you could hear, needless to say I didn't get picked up and was stuck for almost three weeks. No Internet, no computer, I probably would have even gone ice-fishing if I could have seen the lake from the window.

Finally back at home I have a few brave crocuses sticking their heads out of the ground but nothing more...here in southern Ontario spring is still a few weeks away.

Great Hub once again

regards Zsuzsy


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Teresa McGurk 7 years ago from The Other Bangor

What a wonderful cure for cabin fever! Great photos, too. I'm sorry to say that we have already had more than a few days in the 70's down here in SC, the dogwood are starting to blossom, as are the azaleas -- spring is in the air (in the form of the thick film of yellow pollen over everything!).

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