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Kentucky whitewater, Benson Creek

Anderson Franklin county, Kentucky 1005 to Kentucky River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     5.1 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Anderson / Franklin County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water beats anything. If you're coming from Frankfort it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back
    for more. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling spots. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, suitable for
an afternoon trip. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Kentucky are easier than the national norm, so don't forget that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. There are nice comfortable hotels here, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. This stretch of Benson Creek is 5.1 miles long and is rated by  
American Whitewater as a class II section.

Briefly about the general area:
The great people of Frankfort like to hang out nearby. Benson Creek sees pretty high levels of rain. Most of the rain falls during May while October is generally the driest month. For the duration of the warm days of summer at Benson Creek highs are generally in the 80's. Throughout the dark hours of summer temperatures dip down into the 60's. Highs through the wintertime are usually in the 30's while the cold winter nights at Benson Creek are in the 10's.

Benson Creek, Kentucky 1005 to Kentucky River 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 Benson Creek.
 Whitewater Near Benson Creek:
Benson Creek, Shelby / Franklin County, 2 miles away
      Class II(III) - 3 miles long (Kentucky 1005 to Benson Falls)
Benson Creek, Anderson / Franklin County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 5.1 miles long (Kentucky 1005 to Kentucky River)
Glenn's Creek, Woodford County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Kentucky 1685 bridge to Distillery Pool)
Elkhorn Creek, Franklin County, 8 miles away
      Class II(III) - 6 miles long (Forks of Elkhorn US460 Bridge to Kentucky1900)
Gilbert Creek, Anderson County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 2.75 miles long (Gilbert Creek road to Kentucky River)
Shawnee Run, Mercer County, 22 miles away
      Class I-III(IV) - 4 miles long (Kentucky 1343)
Cedar Branch, Mercer County, 26 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.5 miles long (Kentucky 342 to Kentucky River)
Jessamine Creek, Jessamine County, 27 miles away
      Class II(III) - 3.3 miles long (Frankfort Ford Road To 1268)
Little Kentucky River, Henry/Trimble County, 30 miles away
      Class II - 8.1 miles long (Sulphur to Kentucky 421)
White Oak Creek, Garrard County, 30 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (Kentucky 1845 to Kentucky River)
 Ski Areas Near Benson Creek:
Perfect North, Indiana , 51 miles away, 400 foot drop, 10 lifts, 23 runs
 Marinas Near Benson Creek:
Frankfort Boat Club, Frankfort , 2 miles away
Still waters Campground Marina, Frankfort , 7 miles away
Beaver Lake Marina, Lawrenceburg , 14 miles away
Guist Creek Marina Campground, Shelbyville , 16 miles away
Cummins Ferry Campground And Marina, Salvisa , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Benson Creek:
Knights Inn Frankfort, Frankfort , 2 miles away
Days Inn Frankfort, Frankfort , 2 miles away
Hampton Inn Frankfort, Frankfort , 2 miles away
Capital Plaza Hotel Frankfort, Frankfort , 2 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites FRANKFORT, Frankfort , 2 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Benson Creek:
Kentucky River Campgrounds, Frankfort, 5 miles away
Still waters Campground Marina, Frankfort, 7 miles away
Elkhorn Campground, Frankfort, 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Benson Creek:
Old Fort Harrod State Park, Kentucky , 24 miles away
General Butler State Park, Kentucky , 30 miles away
Lincoln Homestead State Park, Kentucky , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Benson Creek:
Juniper Hills Golf Course, Frankfort , 2 miles away
Duckers Lake Golf Course, Frankfort , 3 miles away
Mulligan's Indoor Golf, Frankfort , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Benson Creek
Beaver Lake, Anderson , 15 miles away
Guist Creek Lake, Shelby , 16 miles away

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