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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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Natural Bridge State Resort Park
Slade, KY
19 miles of trails, 60 acre lake for paddling & fishing, lodge, tent & RV campgrounds, Natural Bridge sandstone arch, skylift, paddling on nearby Red River, located in the Red...
Mammoth Cave, KY
333 acre park, 5,795 acre Nolin Lake, boat ramp, hiking trail, 30 campsites, 32 RV sites, 1.5 mile park trail, 6 mile Brier Creek Hiking/Mountain Bike Trail connects to park.
Clarkson, KY
Bed & Breakfast, cabin rental, hunting packages, fishing on Nolin River
Whitley City, KY
16 miles total, upstream of Cumberland Falls to Redbird boat ramp on KY 478, good smallmouth bass fishing, some rapids and shoals, 11 & 5 mile float options, shuttles and serv...
Salt Lick, KY
Campground, kayak rentals for Cave Run Lake, corn maze
Olive Hill, KY
Hiking, cycling, horseback riding, paddling, fishing, hunting, cave exploration and camping. Carter Caves State Resort Park, Tygart's Creek & Tygart's State Forest. City Lak...
Paintsville Lake
Staffordsville, KY
1,140 acre Paintsville Lake, 32 developed and 10 primitive sites, RV sites, fishing for numerous species, horseback riding available on one of the forest fire access roads but...
Jackson, KY
75 acre lake, fishing good for bass & panfish, boat ramp, canoeing, trail surrounding part of shoreline
Louisville, KY
4 parks in the system: Beckley, Pope Lick, Turkey Run & Broad Run, Parklands will be integral component of the Louisville Loop, hiking, biking, paddling, fishing, gardens and ...
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park
Dawson Springs, KY
Lodge, 13 Cottages, 20 miles of trails on park, access to 30+ miles in Pennyrile State Forest,8 site equestrian campground, 68 site campground, canoe/rowboat rentals, fishing...
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