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Kentucky whitewater, Rough River

Grayson Breckinridge Ohio county, Rough River Dam to Dundee section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     23.5 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Kentucky and the water flowing gracefully down Rough River will make you feel great. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Owensboro, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The Rough River Dam to Dundee stretch of Rough River in Kentucky is 23.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-II section. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time
    outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Kentucky is often easier than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy.
There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The Rough River Dam to Dundee section is the only paddling section along Rough River.

Briefly about the general area:
You'll meet a lot of people from Dundee here. Summertime brings highs in the 80's
to Rough River. During the moonlight hours it's generally in the 60's. Through the wintertime the highs are regularly in the 30's, and night lows in the 20's for Rough River. A large amount of precipitation falls at Rough River. April is when you get the most rain here; the driest of the months is October.

Rough River, Rough River Dam to Dundee road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Rough River.
 Ski Areas Near Rough River:
Paoli Peaks, Indiana , 57 miles away, 300 foot drop, 9 lifts, 16 runs
 Hotels Near Rough River:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites TELL CITY, Tell City , 20 miles away
Ramada Limited Tell City, Tell City , 20 miles away
Knights Inn Tell City, Tell City , 21 miles away
Quality Inn Lewisport, Lewisport , 22 miles away
Courtyard Owensboro, Owensboro , 23 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rough River:
Ohio County Park and RV Campground, Hartford, 9 miles away
Peabody Wildlife Management Area - HL2 Lake, Beaver Dam, 15 miles away
Peabody Wildlife Management Area - HL1 Lake, Beaver Dam, 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rough River:
Mammoth Cave National Park, Mammoth Cave - KY , 43 miles away
Rough River Dam State Park, Kentucky , 19 miles away
Lake Malone State Park, Kentucky , 32 miles away
Lincoln State Park, Indiana , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rough River:
Royal Oaks Golf Club, Hartford , 9 miles away
Green Farm Resort, Falls Of Rough , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Rough River
Taylor Lake, Butler , 14 miles away
Rough River Lake, Grayson , 19 miles away

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