Kentucky Canoeing, Rafting & Kayaking

Kentucky CanoeingThe 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
Cadiz, KY
3,700 acre park, 57,920 acre lake, marina, hiking and biking trails, 78 campsties, manageq quota hunts
Dawson Springs, KY
784 acre lake, 23 miles of shoreline, water skiing allowed in Piney Creek portion on lake, fish for a number of species, boat access at Reddens Boat Ramp for a fee
Carlisle, KY
114 acre reservoir, fishing for bass, panfish & catfish, launch ramp and boat dock
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