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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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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...


Williamstown, KY
300 acre lake, fish for a number of species, launch ramps and boat docks with supplies & boat rentals
feed the fish in the outdoor runs
Jamestown, KY
Coldwater fish hatchery, open to group tours, trails on Corps of Engineers property located nearby,
Alexandria, KY
1000 acre park, 12 site campground with water and electric, 200 acre fishing lake with variety of species, 28 stall horse barn, disc golf and other sport facilities, 20 miles ...
Murray, KY
12 cottages, 5 condos for rent, full service marina, covered boat slips available for guests, boat rentals, kayak and canoe rentals, package deals with fishing guides
Wilmore, KY
Asbury University adventure program, guided hiking, rock climbing, zip lining, paddling and camping trips, challenge course
Glasgow, KY
Below the Barren River Lake Dam, the Barren River offers a nice 13 mile float provided water levels are at least 100 cfs. First-time or long-time anglers enjoy great fishing s...
Barren River Lake State Resort Park
Lucas, KY
1,053 acre park, 10,00 acre lake, fishing for a variety of species, trails for multi-use, 99 campsites, guided horse rides, marina with boat/jet ski rentals
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ADVENTURE EVENTS Kentucky National Park Pentathlon
Jul 13, 2015 - Apr 1, 2017