Explore Kentucky's Waters with a Canoe or Kayak

Keep checking this page to get the latest updates on what is going on with Paddling in Kentucky!

 
 

Kentucky has a stunning variety of water resources for the paddling enthusiast. From the slow meanders of the western streams to the invigorating white-water of the Appalachians, Kentucky has it all. Explore the scenic remoteness of the Big South Fork or discover the historic trade routes of the Green River. Fish for a wide variety of sportfish or just enjoy a lazy afternoon float trip with the family. Kentucky is truly a paddler's paradise.

 

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and other agencies have developed a number of guides to assist you with planning your next adventure. A list of them can be found on this page with descriptions and links for further exploration. Get outside and enjoy the natural beauty of Kentucky's waterways.

 

KDFWR and Paddling Q&A  A page covering the frequently asked questions about KDFWR and paddle craft issues.  A good place to start if you are looking for information on the status of canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding in Kentucky/

 

Where to Boat in Kentucky  This page is a good place to start if you are looking for places to go. It shows boating access sites across the state and details the facilities available at each.  With quick links to Google Maps, you can plan your route and view aerial photos without even leaving your house.  It has search functions that let you find sites by county, type and closes city.  Give it a try!

 

Stream Fisheries  This site provides specific information about premier fishing streams in Kentucky. Designed for the paddling angler, it details fishing adventures for any level of skill. It includes information on river stages, distances and fish species. It also has pictures and detailed descriptions of each put-in and take-out spot. A picture gallery shows notable scenic views and examples of the fish that can be encountered.

 

Blue Water Trails  Developed as part of an on-going Kentucky Afield series, the Blue Water Trails articles detail paddling trips on streams and rivers across Kentucky. They include printable maps, locations of access points and the distances of each float. They contain a wealth of information on the major landmarks and provide a historical perspective, as well.

Paddle Sports Safety Course  Want to learn about paddle sports and how to paddle safely? Take this free online course to earn your paddle sports safety certificate!

 

KY Afield  The award-winning outdoor show has aired several television segments on selecting and using a kayak or canoe for fishing. As always, host Chad Miles gives educational and entertaining tips for fishing and exploring Kentucky with paddle power.

 

KY Tourism  The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism offers a myriad of outdoor activities for canoeing, kayaking and rafting. With a searchable listing of adventure tourism options, the site is sure to lead to Unbridled Adventure!