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Frankfort, Kentucky - Bluegrass Region

US 460
Frankfort, KY 40601

17 miles, several access points, fishing for smallmouth bass and various sunfish/panfish, catfish, some rapids may be Class III depending on water levels, shuttles & rentals provided by Canoe Kentucky in Frankfort, and canoe rentals offered at Still Waters campground located at mouth of creek.
  • Water Adventures
  • Hunting / Fishing

Elkhorn Creek is the first waterway to be highlighted in the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resource's Blue Water Trails. The main stem of the Elkhorn has earned a reputation as one of the best smallmouth streams in the state, and also features some great paddling. Beginning on the edge's of Kentucky's capital city and flowing into the Kentucky River, there is something for everyone on this 17 mile stretch of water. There are multiple campgrounds that operate on the banks of the Elkhorn, as well as Canoe Kentucky that rent boats and provide shuttle services. Paddlers should carefully study the map and know where the public access points are located as to not trespass upon private property. Still Waters Campground located near the mouth of the creek at the Kentucky River also offers canoe rentals. Fishing has become increasingly popular on the Elkhorn, which now hosts numerous kayak fishing tournaments each year. The main stem of the Elkhorn is a great stretch for kayakers and paddlers in canoes. It is important for boaters to know about the dangerous low head dam located shortly into the float at the Jim Beam bottling plant. Portage is available on the left, and is easy to see. There are some rapids which can reach class III depending on water levels, providing for some interesting paddling.