Saturday, March 5, 2011

Flatwater Canoe in Kentucky

One of the best waterways is Elkhorn Creek. This historic “queen of Bluegrass streams” meanders more than 100 scenic miles through several counties, through horse farm country, past old mills and historic buildings, and under one of Kentucky’s 13 remaining covered bridges. In addition to quiet waters, the Elkhorn includes a 6-mile whitewater gorge. 
    Excursions also are offered on the Licking River and Kentucky River. 
Spring through fall, you can take a guided or unguided canoe excursion tailored to your experience and to your interests, be they picnicking, photography, history or fishing. Beginners might want to start with a moderate two-hour excursion.
  • For information, contact an area outfitter: 
    Canoe Kentucky, 7323 Peaks Mill Rd., Frankfort,KY. (502) 227-4492; (888) CANOEKY; 
  • Sugar Creek Resort, 5800 Sugar Creek Pike, Nicholasville, KY 40356 (859) 885-9359; 
  • Thaxton’s Canoe Rentals, 33 Hornbeck Rd., Butler, KY (859) 472-2000.
Bluegrass Note: Those seeking an unusual outdoor adventure might try winter canoeing. "Winter canoeing is a religious experience," says Ed Councill, owner of Canoe Kentucky. "All the leaves are gone, so you can see more of the countryside. The water is iridescent green. And after a fresh-fallen snow or ice storm, there’s an insulating effect on background noise. You can almost hear a chipmunk breathe."

Green River , Mammoth Cave Area  No mention of Trout so it gets warm in Summer!  :)