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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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Centre Family Dwelling, 1824-1834
Harrodsburg, KY
3,000 acres, 40 miles of multi use trails, canoe and kayak access at Shaker Landing - must bring your own boat, bird and wildflower observation stations, Stables have 20 fully...
Bowling Green, KY
114 acre reservoir, located mostly in Warren County. 2 mile trial located around lake property. Special fishing & boating regulations in place.
Corbin, KY
Rafting/paddling on the Big South Fork River, Cumberland River, Russell Fork River, and rentals for Laurel Lake, rock climbing wall, zipline experience, geocaching, wagon ride...
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Stearns, KY
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Daniel Boone National Forest, Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail, Big South Fork Cumberland River, Big South Fork S...
Frankfort, KY
Campground & RV park on Kentucky River and Elkhorn Creek, hiking and biking trails, paddling and fishing access
Frankfort, KY
Bank access to Elkhorn Creek, open to statewide hunting seasons, except modern firearm,
Taylorsville, KY
24 miles of multi-purpose trails, 3,050 acre lake, 1,200 acre park, full service marina, 42 RV/camp sites, 10 sites specifically for trailering in horses.
Butler, KY
Canoe & Kayak trips offered up to 18 miles, trips on the middle & south fork of the Licking River, headwaters of Kincaid Lake, opportunities for fishing is good on many trips,...
Winchester, KY
Canoe-kayak rentals on pool 9 of Kentucky River, shuttle services, RV sites
Dawson Springs, KY
Paddling outfitter in Dawson Springs, a Kentucky Trail Town. Offers trips on Tradewater River, Pennyrile Lake and Lake Beshear.
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