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Louisville Area Canoe and Kayak Paddling Wiki

Paddling Destinations

This is intended to be a short index of notable paddles of interest to flatwater paddlers near Louisville, Ky. It is not intended to be a complete index of all possible paddling locations within a certain distance. We'd like the index to include most descent destinations in and around Louisville, and only notable paddles outside of Louisville that warrant the drive. For an index of whitewater paddling destinations, see American Whitewater

*Distance is the distance from downtown Louisville
Body Location Class Distance* Backcountry


Ohio River Upper Pool Flatwater 0 Yes
Ohio River Falls of the Ohio Flatwater to Class V 4 No
Harrods Creek Harrods Creek Boat Harbor Flatwater 10 No
Fourteen Mile Creek Charlestown St Park Flatwater 14 No
Southside Quarry Southside Quarry Flatwater 14 Sometimes
McNeely Lake McNeely Lake Park Lake 15 No
Tom Wallace Lake Tom Wallace Lake Lake 16 No
Deam Lake Deam Lake Lake 20 No
Long Run Park Long Run Park Lake 23 No
Taylorsville Lake Taylorsville Lake Lake 42 No
Guist Creek Lake Guist Creek Lake Lake 38 No
Floyds Fork Miles Park to Fisherville Class I/II 20 No
Blue River Rothrock Mill Class I/II 35 Possible
Elkhorn Creek Elkhorn Acres to Hwy 127 Class I/II 60 Possible
Elkhorn Creek Campground to Elkhorn Acres Class II/III 60 Possible
Salt River Taylorsville Lake Tailwaters Class I 40 Not Recommended
Freeman Lake Elizabethtown Lake 49 No
Patoka Lake Patoka Lake Lake 65 Possible
Kentucky River Palisades Flatwater 90 Possible
Green River 300 Springs Flatwater 75 Possible
Dix River Dix River Flatwater/Class II 90 Not Recommended
Driftwood River Blues Canoe Livery Class I 80 Possible
Lake Monroe Lake Monroe Lake 90 Possible
Nolin Lake Nolin Lake Lake 100 No
Lake Cumberland Lake Cumberland Lake Possible
Red River Red River Flatwater/Class III 137 Possible
Cave Run Lake Cave Run Lake Lake 140 Possible
Dale Hollow Dale Hollow Lake 141 Yes
Grayson Lake Grayson Lake Lake 172 Not Likely
Land Between The Lakes Kentucky Lake Lake 200 Yes
Land Between The Lakes Lake Barkley Lake 200 Yes
Lake Superior Pictured Rocks Flatwater 700 Yes
Lake Superior Apostle Islands Flatwater 800 Yes
Green River Lake Green River Lake Lake Possible
Big South Fork Big South Fork Class I-IV Yes
Boundary Waters Boundary Waters Lake Yes