HISTORY OF GRIDER HILL RESORT & MARINA ON LAKE CUMBERLAND, ALBANY KENTUCKY
In 1950 Bruce Sloan set his sights on winning what was deemed the most valuable U.S. Army Corps of Engineers concessions on Lake Cumberland. A sportsman and a businessman in the stone and timber trade, Sloan had a vision for the property that would make it “more than a fishing camp.”
After winning the bid, he went to work on building Grider Hill’s lodge using elements of architect Frank Llyod Wright’s style and philosophy, mining stone and cutting timber from his own land. Recognizing the beauty and recreational value of the sparkling waters of Lake Cumberland, Sloan added a restaurant and cottages as close to the water’s edge and docks as possible, making sure that all were within walking distance of each other. Grider Hill Dock and Indian Creek Lodge & Restaurant opened to the public in 1951 under the management of Sloan and his family, where it remained for over 50 years.
Today, Jim Figuerado is at the helm of Grider Hill. An avid boater himself, Figuerado owns several other marinas in the South, and though carried in their locations and amenities, they are all operated under the principle of treating each and ever visitor as an honored guest, without exception.
Why Grider Hill Resort
Located in Southern Kentucky, Grider Hill Marina & Resort sits on the deepest and most scenic part of Lake Cumberland. Whereas some marinas on the lake may have suffered from the lower lake levels brought by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers current work on Wolf Creek Dam, Grider Hill still boasts a 100 foot drop from our docks, which makes for great fishing and boating.
Add to that the fact that within just 3 miles of our docks there are enough little coves and bays to afford our guests a sense of serenity and privacy even in the middle of a busy boating season. We are also the first to have our own second story dock set with tables for dining and enjoying the lake when we aren’t using it as a sound stage for an outdoor concert. Grider Hill Marina & Resort on Lake Cumberland really does have it all.
From our wood docks to our Lodge built with famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright in mind, Grider Hill embodies the spirit of timeless tradition while providing the convenience of modern amenities. Whether it’s a quiet weekend getaway with the family or a fun-filled adventure with 20 of your closest friends we can provide you with everything you need to customize your perfect experience in a setting that is unmatched both in beauty and customer service.
As owner Jim Figuerado says, “It is our goal to treat every visitor to our marina as an honored guest in our home everyday, every time, without fail, no exceptions.” And that goes for Fido too. Here at Grider Hill Marina & Resort we realize that pets are family, so they are always welcome.
WELCOME TO GRIDER HILL MARINA & RESORT
INDIAN CREEK LODGE
From the beginning, Grider Hill Marina had a plan to build the most convenient and finest MARINA-RESORT in Kentucky. So with an eye for taste and much attention to detail, Grider Hill was opened for business in the spring of 1951 under the leadership and ownership of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Sloan and three of their sons. Today, Jim Figuerado is at the helm of Grider Hill. An avid boater himself, Figuerado owns several other marinas in the South, and though varied in their locations and amenities, they are all operated under the principle of treating each and every visitor as honored guest, without exception.
Grider Hill is situated in the most rugged mountainous part of Lake Cumberland. It is located closer to massive Wolf Creek Dam and 76 Falls than any other marina on the lake being only four miles from each. There are ten major streams that feed Indian Creek within 3 miles of the marina. When the Corps of Engineers dammed the Cumberland River in 1950, they created a boating and fishing paradise. Twisting like a Chinese Dragon, the jade green waters of Lake Cumberland coil beneath steep hills carpeted with conifer and hardwood forests. Even with hordes of weekend boats plying the main channel, the lake’s hundreds of twisting coves and inlets are nearly deserted.
The two-hundred fifty-eight foot tall Wolf Creek Dam impounds Lake Cumberland, which has a surface area of over 50,000 acres and is 101 miles long. And what a lake! Brimful of lively, scrappin’ fish, broad enough to take a thousand times as many boaters as will ever skim across it, rimmed by scores of coves and hollows along its 1,255 miles of shoreline, and sheltered by tree covered mountains that protect it from the weather’s worst, Lake Cumberland has made Kentucky’s Southern Cumberlands the ideal vacation region for all mid-America.