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Kentucky Canoeing, Rafting & Kayaking

Kentucky Canoeing

The seemingly never-ending waterways of Kentucky provide the choice between rippling streams, calm lakes, or fierce whitewater rivers.  Visitors can embark on anything from Kentucky rafting adventures to good old-fashioned Kentucky canoeing trips.  Kentucky is overflowing with opportunities for recreational and serious paddlers alike, thanks to ample public access to our rivers and streams.

Nine of Kentucky's rivers are designated as Kentucky Wild Rivers, which protect their right-of-ways from construction, and any other man-made intrusions. The Wild River corridors comprise a total of 114 miles of water and over 26,000 acres of land.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has started highlighting popular Blue Water Trails throughout the state.  These streams and rivers are excellent for both floating and fishing, and are a great way to explore some of the more scenic locations in Kentucky.  Click here to learn more.

Explore the listings below to find marinas and more for canoeing, rafting & kayaking in Kentucky!

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Lancaster, KY
60 RV sites, 30 primitive sites, boat ramp provides access to the Kentucky River, recreational facilities, camp store with supplies
Versailles, KY
18 RV sites with electic, water & sewer, 15 primitive tent sites, boat launch ramp with access to Kentucky River, general store with supplies
Frankfort, KY
Canoe, kayak, rafting rentals and retail, guided trips, primitive camping on site, trips range in length and difficulty and are water dependent, fishing is popular on some tri...


Olive Hill, KY
Guided Cave Tours, 45 acre Smokey Lake, guided canoe trips, fishing for a variety of species, rock climbing & rappelling, 89 campsites ranging from primitive to developed, 8 s...
Cave City, KY
Cave country Canoe will find you just the right trip to meet your needs. If you are camping we can also help with tent, stove and lantern rentals, propane and many other supp...
Morehead, KY
Bicycle and Canoe/Kayak rentals, guided paddling trips on Cave Run Lake and surrounding water trails, guided rock climbing trips in Red River Gorge, repair & retail,
Benton, KY
7 cottages, boat dock with 16 slips, baot rentals, launch ramp
Benton, KY
40 miles of river flows through refuge, difficulty depends on water levels, mutliple access points, fishing for largemouth & spotted bass, panfish
Shelbyville, KY
Large park in Shelby County, bordered by Lake Shelby & Clear Creek to the North, 3.0 miles of trails, canoe & paddle boat rentals
Madisonville, KY
858 acres, primarily wetlands, may need boat to access during high water periods
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