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By Carol Perkins

My Sunday drive with my mother took us to the Green River Lake State Park and other points along the lake. Having never been there and hearing my Greensburg and Campbellsville friends talk about the area, I headed that direction.

What we saw was beyond beautiful. We took the first entrance off Hwy 55 between Greensburg and Campbellsville and spotted water through the trees. Picnic tables lined the banks high above the lake and several people were enjoying the sunny day. We crossed the bridge, circled, and came back to the main road until we came to a sign for the marina.

Following that road, we discovered an area where hundreds of houseboats lined the dock. I had no idea how popular this lake was. We drove as close to the marina as possible, examining the beautiful boats and wondering if the owners were inside for the final day of the weekend.

Then we discovered the campground and recreational park. The recreational area was huge, well maintained, and filled with picnic tables and fire pits. The nice size beach area was closed for the year.

A bike trail ran along the lake and on that day, many were riding in the park. Most were older than I am! Another lane opened to the campground. Hundreds of campers, RVs, and tents covered the area overlooking the lake and steps from the water. The colorful fall scene across the water was enough to keep a camper in his chair. A mini golf course near the campsite and a playground for children enticed campers to return each year. A few fishermen were waiting for a bite.

As we came out of one area, I noticed a sign for the Tim Horton Camp Kentahten and then saw a gated community behind it. I was curious, so I stopped at the entrance and Googled information. This camp is among a chain of Tim Hortons' Foundation Camps for disadvantaged kids from 12 to 16 years old. For kids who need a hand up, the counselors work with these youngsters in outdoor and indoor settings. From the list of activities, any parent would wish their child had this opportunity. Supervised adventures, sports, arts and crafts, drama, and dozens of other programs would keep youngsters/teenagers occupied for weeks. Unless I had taken this route, I would never have known about this camp, which sits on fifty wooded acres not far from the lake. Check this out online!

When the coast is clear, I want to go back to the marina and have lunch at the restaurant overlooking the lake. Being near the water brings a renewed sense of "being" to most of us. A calm when a storm brews.

If I were a camper, I'd find my way to Green River Lake with my trailer behind me. If you need a relaxing Sunday afternoon outing you don't have to go far to find it.

Carol's most recent book, based on a true story, The Case of the Missing Ring, is available through Amazon, both paperback and ebook. You can contact her at

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