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Kentucky whitewater, Little Kentucky River

Henry Trimble county, Sulphur to Kentucky 421 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     8.1 miles
 
This is NOT a non stop paddle. There is a water fall /dam at the old rail bridge about 3/4 way through this trip that you will have to walk around. Its no bid deal to pull out and carry to the lower spot though.....

Also the LKR is very shallow in many spots and will have to do some walking through weed patches and rocky shallows in summer months. Little Kentucky River is more like a big creek than a river and if not too shallow for your
    boat, this will likely be a still water paddle. I went by yesterday to scope out the run by foot and car with a native to the area who showed me some spots like the waterfall. Am checking out the course this weekend to see
if a flat bottom Kayak can make it through in June.

Thanks to the folks at the Little Kentucky River Winery for the info. Says April Rietze

How is the trip from Sulphur to 421? I have never canoed it? Says Brian

If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so don't forget that the rivers in this state are less demanding. The wonderful Kentucky scenery and
 
the water flowing gracefully down Little Kentucky River attract people from near and far. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The starting point is not too far from Madison, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, suitable for an afternoon trip. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. The Sulphur to Kentucky 421 stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system.

Little Kentucky River, Sulphur to Kentucky 421 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Little Kentucky River.
 Whitewater Near Little Kentucky River:
Little Kentucky River, Henry/Trimble County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 8.1 miles long (Sulphur to Kentucky 421)
Harrod's Creek, Oldham/Jefferson County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 30 miles long (Kentucky 53 to Ohio River)
Plum Creek, Spencer County, 26 miles away
      Class II(III) - 8.9 miles long (Wilsonville to Salt River)
Benson Creek, Shelby / Franklin County, 29 miles away
      Class II(III) - 3 miles long (Kentucky 1005 to Benson Falls)
Benson Creek, Anderson / Franklin County, 29 miles away
      Class II - 5.1 miles long (Kentucky 1005 to Kentucky River)
 Ski Areas Near Little Kentucky River:
Perfect North, Indiana , 43 miles away, 400 foot drop, 10 lifts, 23 runs
Paoli Peaks, Indiana , 85 miles away, 300 foot drop, 9 lifts, 16 runs
 Marinas Near Little Kentucky River:
Adams Marina, Madison , 11 miles away
Eagle Hollow Marina, Madison , 12 miles away
River's Edge Marina, Charlestown , 19 miles away
Guist Creek Marina Campground, Shelbyville , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Little Kentucky River:
Quality Suites La Grange, La Grange , 10 miles away
Super 8 La Grange KY, La Grange , 10 miles away
BEST WESTERN Ashbury Inn, La Grange , 10 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites La Grange, La Grange , 10 miles away
Hampton Inn Carrollton KY, Carrollton , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Little Kentucky River:
Lake Jericho Recreational Area, Smithfield, 7 miles away
Callis Grove Campground, Trimble County, 7 miles away
General Butler State Resort Park, Carrollton, 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Little Kentucky River:
General Butler State Park, Kentucky , 11 miles away
Clifty Falls State Park, Indiana , 16 miles away
E. P. 'Tom' Sawyer State Park, Kentucky , 23 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Little Kentucky River:
Eagle Creek Golf Course, La Grange , 10 miles away
Oldham County Country Club, La Grange , 14 miles away
Cozy Acres Golf Complex, Madison , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Little Kentucky River
Lake Jericho, Henry , 4 miles away
Guist Creek Lake, Shelby , 20 miles away

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