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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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Burkesville, KY
3398 acre park, 27,700 acre lake, fish for: 5 species of bass, crappie, muskie, trout, walleye, catfish and bream, spearfish for rough fish, 15 miles of multi-use trails, boat...
Morehead, KY
Cave Run Lake, hiking, biking, horseback trails & camping, boating, wildlife viewing, hunting, campgrounds,
London, KY
hiking, biking, horse & ATV, laurel river lake, cumberland & laruel rivers, numerous campsites & shooting ranges


Whitley City, KY
Hiking, biking, atv & equestrian trails & camping, fishing, hunting, Cumberland river, Lake Cumberland access, Barren Fork & Bell Farm Horse Camps
Dawson Springs, KY
Hiking, cycling, mountain biking, horseback riding and camping, canoeing and kayaking, hunting and fishing. Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Pennyrile State Forest, Jones-...
Columbia, KY
102 acres, 2 seperate tracts, borders Green River Lake WMA, canoe access to Casey Creek on northern tract, mostly forested
Prestonsburg, KY
9,242 acres, public hunting and fishing for numerous species, access trails are steep and mountainous, boat launch ramps and campsites
Eddyville, KY
Full service marina, john, bass, and pontoon boat rentals, kayak rentals, 2 boat launch ramps, motel and cabins, RV campsites, guide services
Elkhorn City, KY
Paddling near Elkhorn City Ky and Breaks Interstate Park, class I to Class V+,
Frankfort, KY
125 campsites, developed & primitive tent sites, pull-thru RV sites, fishing access on the Elkhorn Creek, camp store with supplies
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ADVENTURE EVENTS Kentucky National Park Pentathlon
Jul 13, 2015 - Apr 1, 2017