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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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Paintsville Lake
Staffordsville, KY
1,140 acre Paintsville Lake, 32 developed and 10 primitive sites, RV sites, fishing for numerous species, horseback riding available on one of the forest fire access roads but...
Jackson, KY
75 acre lake, fishing good for bass & panfish, boat ramp, canoeing, trail surrounding part of shoreline
Louisville, KY
4 parks in the system: Beckley, Pope Lick, Turkey Run & Broad Run, Parklands will be integral component of the Louisville Loop, hiking, biking, paddling, fishing, gardens and ...
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park
Dawson Springs, KY
Lodge, 13 Cottages, 20 miles of trails on park, access to 30+ miles in Pennyrile State Forest,8 site equestrian campground, 68 site campground, canoe/rowboat rentals, fishing...
Louisville, KY
Trail system, canoe/kayak access, retreat house for meetings, traditional park facilities and sports fields
Campton, KY
21.3 miles total, 19.4 miles designated as National Wild and Scenic River, some rapids Class III+, multiple access sites & outfitters, fishing for smallmouth & kentucky bass, ...
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Stanton, KY
Canoe & Kayak Outfitter in Red River Gorge operating on Red River and Mill Creek Lake, guided & unguided shuttle services, retail boat sales, rental cabin, camping, fishing eq...
Stanton, KY
Rock climbing, hiking, biking, paddling on the Red River, campgrounds and some back country camping. Top destination for sport climbing, thousands of routes of varying diffic...
Slade, KY
Guided climbing & rappelling, canoe trips in the red river gorge, cabins, easy access to popular trails throughout Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge area
Livingston, KY
A Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Blue Water Trail. Highlights 37 miles of water in eastern Kentucky. Begins in Livingston and ends at the headwaters of Lake Cumber...
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