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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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Hardin, KY
Located on midwest shoreline of Kentucky Lake, boat ramp, 90 campsites, hiking trails, numerous other facilities & ammenities
Gilbertsville, KY
Access to Land Between the Lakes trail systems, Kentucky Lake, full service marina, 219 campsites, close proximity to LBL
Richmond, KY
12.5 miles total,College Hill to Boonesborough, fishing for largemouth & Kentucky bass, muskellunge also found in this pool, 6.6 & 6 mile float options


Frankfort, KY
10.5 & 4 mile float options, fishing, 4 boat ramps
Harrodsburg, KY
18 miles total, options for various lengths, access to Hickman Creek & Dix River, fishing for numerous species, 2 boat ramps
Nicholasville, KY
17 miles, options for shorter floats, 5 boat ramps, good fishing for black bass and other species, access to several good fishing creeks, beginning of Palisades region
Richmond, KY
18 miles, multiple access points, relatively easy paddling, fishing for variety of species
260 miles long, 14 lock and dams, fishing for numerous species, access at several locations including 4 potential Kentucky Trail Towns
Elkhorn City, KY
Rafting and kayaking outfitter, operates on Russell Fork River, provides instructional clinics
Cadiz, KY
This State Resort Park has it all—even its own airport! Besides a great location with scenic lake views, Lake Barkley’s recreational opportunities include guided monthly hikes...
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Jun 03, 2017