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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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
Jamestown, KY
50,250 acre lake, all black bass species, white bass, blulegill, crappie, rock bass, and walleye, 129 developed campsites, hiking and guided horse trails, 2 lodges, cottages, ...
Liberty, KY
79 acre man made lake, shoreline and boat fishing, no outboard motors, flat water canoe & kayak
Renfro Valley, KY
356 acre reservoir, borders I-75 S, fish sopecies include bass, crappie, catfish, panfish, carp and bullhead
Dunmor, KY
349 acre park, 788 acre lake, fishing for a variety of gamefish species, boat dock and ramp, 50+ campsites with RV sites, 1.75 miles of trails, beach
Golden Pond, KY
200+ miles of multi-use trails, located between Kentucky and Barkley Lakes, camping, hunting, fishing, numerous wildlife and wildflower viewing opportunities
London, KY
5600 acre lake, known for its deep & clear water, fishing and water sports are popular, some scuba diving
Pikeville, KY
10.5 miles total float, 4 access/take out points, fishing for smallmouth bass, rock bass, sunfish and catfish
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