A family paddles a Kentucky waterway


Kayaking & Canoeing in Kentucky

With more than 1,900 navigable miles of water, Kentucky is a playground for paddlers –
from stillwater kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding to some of the best whitewater rafting in the Eastern U.S. Scenic lakes, meandering streams and rushing rapids can all be found in the Bluegrass State. Nine waterways are designated as Kentucky Wild Rivers, comprising 114 miles of water. You'll also find a wide network of over 35 Blue Water Trails for paddling and floating.

Outfitters located across the Commonwealth are ready to help get you on the water.  Whether you're looking for a leisurely canoe trip or a thrilling Class V+ rafting adventure, paddling trips in Kentucky are a once-in-a lifetime experience.


Whitewater Rafting

A group of people navigate rapids on a Kentucky whitewater rafting trip

Feel the Rush

From Breaks Interstate Park to the Big South Fork of the Cumberland, Kentucky is home to some of the best whitewater in the Southeast.

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