Destination: Kentucky

The key to unlock the best of the Bluegrass State comes in the form of a stylish Sea Ray Sundeck paired with a sophisticated GMC vehicle.

Several things immediately come to mind when people think of Kentucky: the Kentucky Derby, bluegrass music and some incredibly talented college basketball teams. But one item further down the list—the state’s many waterways—deserves a significant boost in the collective psyche. The land of green rolling hills, sparkling waterfalls, majestic caves and the Appalachian Mountains also offers dozens of boating opportunities on lakes that are as picturesque as they are accessible. A Sea Ray 270 Sundeck and a GMC Sierra Denali make a perfect pair for traversing Kentucky’s gorgeous peaks and valleys on your next journey to one of these watery havens.

Recently named the fourth best recreational lake in the country by USA Today, Lake Cumberland is a boater’s dream. The 65,530-acre lake, which was formed with the damming of the Cumberland River in 1952, rests within two state parks, making nature-watching a must. The lake’s expanse allows boaters to trailer from one of several main roadways: Hwy 27 South, Hwy 90 West, Bypass 914 West, Hwy 80 West and Bypass 914 East. Count on the friendly staff at Sea Ray dealership Lookout Marine in Somerset to provide area boaters with top-notch service. Come for the water, and stay for the many other activities nearby. Tour the surrounding vineyards and wineries, hike the tree-covered nature trails, and visit a local farm for some fresh Kentucky produce.

Protected by the Daniel Boone National Forest, Laurel Lake offers an incredibly pristine and peaceful escape. Take advantage of the crystal-clear waters (visibility reaches up to 30 feet) with a scuba diving expedition where you’ll discover intriguing rock formations and a large variety of freshwater aquatic species, including fish, turtles, frogs, crayfish and salamanders. Head to one of the 5,600-acre lake’s tucked-away bays and backwaters for land-based wildlife viewing. Giant Canadian geese, wintering bald eagles and deer frequent the shoreline. The lake’s many marinas and ramps allow for easy launching for recreational boaters and watersports enthusiasts. I-75, which runs north-south across the state, will deliver you to this spectacular boating gem.

This 2,300-acre lake rests in Kentucky’s northeast corner, near the border of West Virgina. Settled close to the Appalachian Mountains, Yatesville Lake State Park is rich with hiking trails and scenic views. Two launches—one at Yatesville Lake Marina and the other at the lake’s campground—provide easy water access for cruising and jet-skiing. When you need a break from the water, you can take on the links at the 18-hole Eagle Ridge Golf Course, which rests in the Kentucky foothills. Or cozy up for the night in the park’s campground, which includes showers, laundry facilities and 20 sites, 16 of which are accessible only by boat, making for a more private and peaceful stay. Roll up in your Sierra Denali from Lexington in just 2.5 hours via I-64 E, or from Cincinnati in 3 hours via KY-9 S.

Located 90 miles southeast of Louisville in central Kentucky, Green River Lake has become a main attraction in Green River Lake State Park. Dammed in 1969 to prevent flooding, the 8,200-acre reservoir has far exceeded its initial purpose. The lake boasts 200 covered slips, open March through November, perfect for docking your Sea Ray between cruises. Fishermen will delight in some of the state’s best fishing, from largemouth bass to walleye to muskie. Getting to Green River Lake may be half the fun. From Louisville, trailer your Sea Ray down I-65 S, taking a pit-stop in Hodgenville, the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, before taking KY-210 E to the lake. From Nashville, Tenn., it’s a simple shot north on I-65. Make time for a detour to Mammoth Cave National Park, where you can tour the grand chambers of the world’s largest known cave system.

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