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Group Paddle & Kayak Trips

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Pick up the paddles and get ready to hit the waterways! Plenty of Kentucky State Parks have kayaking and paddling activities and events scheduled this year.

Continue to scroll down for more helpful information about paddling events and opportunities and start planning a canoe or kayak trip today!

Tygart Creek Paddle Excursions at Carter Caves State Resort Park

This is a 6-mile canoe or kayak trip that navigates you down Tygart Creek which cuts Kentucky's most scenic limestone gorge.  You will be on the creek for about 3.5 hours. The park will provide canoes, paddles, life vest, transportation shuttle from and back to the Welcome Center, and guides for your trip down the creek.  The park does not have kayaks, although paddlers have the option to bring their own kayak for the trip.  Participants should have some paddle experience before signing up for these trips.  Along the way we will see high cliff sides and the natural beauty that the spring has to offer.  We will also take a side trip into one of Kentucky’s largest natural limestone tunnels.  

Required equipment includes; the correct attire for cool weather paddling, a complete change of clothes, treaded footwear, flashlight (for natural tunnel visit), sack lunch, bottled water and a dry bag for your supplies.  

The cost is $50 per person using our canoes and $35 per person using their own kayaks. Limited space available, pre-registration is required.  Call the Recreation Department to Register at (800)325-0059.

Participants meet at the Welcome Center at 9:30am. We will load your kayaks on our trailer at the Welcome Center then head for the put in point.  This trip can be canceled due to high/low water levels and/or extreme weather conditions.  For more information contact Coy Ainsley at  CLICK HERE to see event flyer.

Event Dates:
Apr 01, 2017  /  9:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Apr 22, 2017  /  9:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Apr 23, 2017  /  9:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
May 03, 2017  /  9:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
May 07, 2017  /  9:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
May 13, 2017  /  9:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Bluegrass River Run: Fort Boonesborough State Park

The Explore Kentucky Initiative has created the Bluegrass River Run, presented by 'BeintheWater.'  This is the kick-off race to the '2017 Kentucky Waterman Series.' The Bluegrass River Run is a great early season race, so sign up today. Paddlers will launch from Fort Boonesborough State Park on April 29, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. For more information CLICK HERE.

The Dam Triathlon: Rough River Dam State Resort Park

Rough River Dam State Resort Park teams up with the US Army Corps of Engineers and major event sponsor, The Friends of Rough River, to hold the annual "The Dam Triathlon" on August 12, 2017.  Starting at Rough River Beach, contestants paddle 7.2 miles, then bike 9.6 miles, and finish with 2.2 mile run/walk.  Individual times kept and trophies awarded.  For more information including entry fees CLICK HERE or call the park at 270-257-2311.