Canoeing & Kayaking Kentucky

Canoeing & Kayaking Kentucky

by Bob Sehlinger, Johnny Molloy

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Overview

Explore Hidden Kentucky in Your Kayak or Canoe

Wet your paddle—and whet your paddling appetite—with the authoritative guide to the waterways of Kentucky. From the eastern coalfields to the Mighty Mississippi along the western border, this is your updated resource for paddling the creeks, rivers, and waterways of the Bluegrass State. Canoeing & Kayaking Kentucky covers thousands of miles of paddling, including almost all of the state’s paddleable waterways, in 77 river profiles that range in difficulty from scenic floats down the Green to whitewater runs on the Russell Fork.

Authors Bob Sehlinger and Johnny Molloy combine the latest technology with good old-fashioned paddling trips to make your paddling adventures even easier to execute with completely revised and improved maps, access points, river gauges, and mileages, as well as updated contact information and GPS coordinates for every put-in and takeout. Between them, Bob and Johnny have paddled thousands of miles. This combined experience makes Canoeing & Kayaking Kentucky useful for paddlers of all types. Paddling has never been better in Kentucky!


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634040501
Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
Publication date: 05/16/2017
Series: Canoe and Kayak Series
Edition description: Sixth Edition
Pages: 266
Sales rank: 726,261
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

A native of Kentucky, Bob Sehlinger has led canoeing trips throughout eastern North America from the rivers of northern Ontario, Canada, to the bayous of Louisiana. Johnny Molloy is an outdoors writer who averages more than 100 nights in the wild per year, backpacking throughout the U.S. He has written more than 30 outdoors guidebooks and articles for magazines and websites. Visit him on the Web at johnnymolloy.com. He lives in Johnson City, TN.

Table of Contents

Overview Map

Acknowledgments vii

Preface viii

Introduction 1

Using This Guide 1

Using River Gauges 2

Water-Level Sites 2

Rating River Difficulty 3

Paddler Safety and Rights 3

The Drainages of Kentucky 6

Environmental Concerns 9

Recommended Runs 10

Part 1 Streams of the Eastern Coal Fields

1 Russell Fork 11

2 Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River 15

3 Johns Creek 19

4 Little Sandy River 21

5 Tygarts Creek 26

Part 2 The Licking Riper and Its Tributaries

6 North Fork of the Licking River 29

7 Middle Fork of the Licking River 32

8 Hinkston Creek 37

9 Stoner Creek 38

10 South Fork of the Licking River 40

11 Licking River 43

Part 3 The Kentucky River and Its Tributaries

12 North Fork of the Kentucky River 46

13 Middle Fork of the Kentucky River 53

14 Red Bird River 58

15 South Fork of the Kentucky River 60

16 Kentucky River Below the Forks 63

17 Red River 74

18 Four Mile Creek 80

19 Lower Howards Creek 81

20 Boone Creek 82

21 Hickman Creek 85

22 Jessamine Creek 88

23 Dix River 90

24 Hanging Fork of the Dix River 92

25 Gilbert Creek 93

26 Benson Creek 95

27 South Fork of Elkhorn Creek 96

28 North Fork of Elkhorn Creek 98

29 Elkhorn Creek 100

30 Eagle Creek 102

Part 4 Creek Drainages of Madison County

31 Calloway Creek 104

32 Muddy Creek 106

33 West Fork/Main Stem of Otter Creek 108

34 East Fork of Otter Creek 110

35 Silver Creek 112

36 Tates Creek 114

Part 5 The Cumberland River and Its Tributaries

37 Poor Fork of the Cumberland River 116

38 North Fork of the Cumberland River 118

39 Laurel River 128

40 Rockcastle River 129

41 Buck Creek 134

42 Big South Fork Gorge of the Cumberland River (Tennessee) 136

45 Big South Fork of the Cumberland River (Kentucky) 140

44 Little South Fork of the Cumberland River 143

45 Rock Creek 145

46 Cumberland River from Wolf Creek Dam to the Tennessee Border 147

Part 6 The Salt River System of the Western Bluegrass

47 Salt River 149

48 Plum Creek 153

49 Floyds Fork of the Salt River 155

50 Rolling Fork of the Salt River 158

51 Beech Fork of the Rolling Fork of the Salt River 160

Part 7 Headwaters of the Green River

52 Green River 164

53 Russell Creek 170

54 Barren River 172

55 Drakes Creek 176

56 Gasper River 179

57 Little Barren River 181

58 Nolin River 184

Part 8 Streams of the Western Coal Fields

59 Tradewater River 188

60 Pond River 190

61 Panther Creek 194

62 Rough River 194

63 Mud River 197

64 Green River from Houchins Ferry to the Ohio River 199

Part 9 Streams of Land Between the Lakes

65 Cumberland River North of Lake Barkley 204

66 Tennessee River North of Kentucky Lake 205

67 Muddy Fork of the Little River 206

68 Little River 208

69 Land Between the Lakes Paddle Route 209

Part 10 Streams of the Jackson Purchase

70 Bayou du Chien 214

71 Obion Creek 216

72 Mayfield Creek 217

73 Clarks River 219

Part 11 Waters of Special Mention

74 Ballard Wildlife Management Area 221

75 Red River of Logan County 223

76 Harrods Creek of Oldham and Jefferson Counties 225

77 Little Kentucky River 227

Appendixes

Appendix A Safety Code of American Whitewater 232

Appendix B Rating the Paddler 239

Appendix C Outfitters 242

Appendix D Clubs 243

Appendix E Glossary 244

Index 245

About the Authors 255

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