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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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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
Lucas, KY
8,799 acres in Barren and Allen counties, hilly to gently sloping terrain, fishing access, hunting for a number of species, primitive weapons hunting areas and impaired mobili...


Louisville, KY
HIking trails, paddling access to Floyds Fork, William F. Miles Fishing Lakes, event space, sports facilities, traditional park equipment
Stearns, KY
19 miles, 10.2 miles designated a Kentucky Wild River, rapids up to Class III & Class IV rapids depending on water level, several take outs, flows through Big South Fork Natio...
Big South Fork Campground
Stearns, KY
Paddling with rapids up to class IV-V depending on season, 180+ miles of horse trails, overnight boarding and stalls for horses, IMBA "Epic" designated mountain bike trails, f...
Owenton, KY
240 acre farm on Kentucky River peninsula, 1850s Greek Revival Home, hiking trails, boating, canoe & kayaking, fishing, hunting,
Pikeville, KY
Approximately 12 miles of multiuse trails, canoe/kayak outfitter, Dreamz Stables Horseback Riding, White Lightning Zip Line, Paintball and numerous park facilities.
Canoe/kayak outfitter,fishing , camping, upper portions of Green River, Lake Cumberland and Green River Lake
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ADVENTURE EVENTS Kentucky National Park Pentathlon
Jul 13, 2015 - Apr 1, 2017