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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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Frankfort, KY
Bank access to Elkhorn Creek, open to statewide hunting seasons, except modern firearm,
Taylorsville, KY
24 miles of multi-purpose trails, 3,050 acre lake, 1,200 acre park, full service marina, 42 RV/camp sites, 10 sites specifically for trailering in horses.
Butler, KY
Canoe & Kayak trips offered up to 18 miles, trips on the middle & south fork of the Licking River, headwaters of Kincaid Lake, opportunities for fishing is good on many trips,...


Winchester, KY
Canoe-kayak rentals on pool 9 of Kentucky River, shuttle services, RV sites
Dawson Springs, KY
Paddling outfitter in Dawson Springs, a Kentucky Trail Town. Offers trips on Tradewater River, Pennyrile Lake and Lake Beshear.
Carrollton, KY
Canoe, kayak and SUP rentals, shuttles, operate on Kentucky & Ohio Rivers, fabrication & custom accessories for transporting boats & equipment
Olive Hill, KY
22 miles, flows through Carter Caves State Resort Park, several access points, fishing for variety of species
Greensburg, KY
23.5 miles, variety of fish species, from Green River Lake Dam to Greensburg, several put-ins/take-outs,
Brodhead, KY
Guided trips, backpacking, paddling, rock climbing, mountain biking, paintball, survival skills classes
East Bernstadt, KY
1,100 acre off road park. Trails for ATVs, UTVs, side-by-sides, and dirt bikes. Adult riders $12/day, children 12 and under $7.50/day. Canoe & kayak rentals for Rockcastle R...
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