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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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Cave City, KY
Guided canoe & kayak trips on green river & through Mammoth Cave National Park, multiple day trips optional with camping, fishing, stay over night at the popular Wayfarer B&B
Mammoth Dome, 192 feet high, can be seen on the Historic Tour of Mammoth Cave.
Mammoth Cave, KY
Mammoth Cave National Park home to longest cave system in the world, approximately 90 miles of trails (hiking, biking, horses), camping, plus canoeing and kayaking on Green Ri...
Manchester, KY
Goose Creek, Redbird River, South Fork Kentucky River, Redbird District Daniel Boone National Forest, Bert T. Combs RV Park and Campground Y-Holler Trail System
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Gilbertsville, KY
Resort, Cottages, Lodge Rooms, Marina, Boat Rentals, Free Launching Ramps, Boat Slips, RV Campground, Bar & Grill
Morehead, KY
Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail, Cave Run Lake, Daniel Boone National Forest, Licking River
Slade, KY
19 miles of trails, 60 acre lake for paddling & fishing, lodge, tent & RV campgrounds, Natural Bridge sandstone arch, skylift, paddling on nearby Red River, located in the Red...
Mammoth Cave, KY
333 acre park, 5,795 acre Nolin Lake, boat ramp, hiking trail, 30 campsites, 32 RV sites, 1.5 mile park trail, 6 mile Brier Creek Hiking/Mountain Bike Trail connects to park.
Clarkson, KY
Bed & Breakfast, cabin rental, hunting packages, fishing on Nolin River
Whitley City, KY
16 miles total, upstream of Cumberland Falls to Redbird boat ramp on KY 478, good smallmouth bass fishing, some rapids and shoals, 11 & 5 mile float options, shuttles and serv...
Salt Lick, KY
Campground, kayak rentals for Cave Run Lake, corn maze
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