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Kentucky whitewater, Elkhorn Creek

Franklin county, Forks of Elkhorn US460 Bridge to Kentucky1900 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II(III)     6 miles
There is a $2 per person parking fee at campground put-in. The tag can be purchased at the office. When we go in the winter and the office is closed, we leave the money in an envelope in the mailbox and put a note on the dash. Says Bill

I like this trip, except for the portage around the dam it's a great ride, and a good way to learn reading a river. We always go the entire 13 miles back to the outfitter, the second half is primarily
    flat water but a nice float. Says Lee Huffman

The put-in is not too far from Frankfort, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking
river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. This stretch has has enough mileage, good for a one day paddling trip. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while 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 places. This stretch of Elkhorn Creek in Kentucky is 6 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II(III) section. No need to look hard for hotels, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
The great folks of Frankfort like to hang out close by. A lot of precipitation falls at Elkhorn Creek. Of all the months in a year May is the one with the most rain; January on the other hand is the driest.

Elkhorn Creek, Forks of Elkhorn US460 Bridge to Kentucky1900 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

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These outdoors activities are available near Elkhorn Creek.
 Whitewater Near Elkhorn Creek:
Elkhorn Creek, Franklin County, 2 miles away
      Class II(III) - 6 miles long (Forks of Elkhorn US460 Bridge to Kentucky1900)
Glenn's Creek, Woodford County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Kentucky 1685 bridge to Distillery Pool)
Benson Creek, Shelby / Franklin County, 9 miles away
      Class II(III) - 3 miles long (Kentucky 1005 to Benson Falls)
Benson Creek, Anderson / Franklin County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 5.1 miles long (Kentucky 1005 to Kentucky River)
Gilbert Creek, Anderson County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 2.75 miles long (Gilbert Creek road to Kentucky River)
Shawnee Run, Mercer County, 23 miles away
      Class I-III(IV) - 4 miles long (Kentucky 1343)
Jessamine Creek, Jessamine County, 24 miles away
      Class II(III) - 3.3 miles long (Frankfort Ford Road To 1268)
Cedar Branch, Mercer County, 25 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.5 miles long (Kentucky 342 to Kentucky River)
White Oak Creek, Garrard County, 28 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (Kentucky 1845 to Kentucky River)
Hickman Creek, Jessamine County, 29 miles away
      Class II(III) - 4 miles long (Brumfield Lane to 1268 Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Elkhorn Creek:
Perfect North, Indiana , 50 miles away, 400 foot drop, 10 lifts, 23 runs
 Marinas Near Elkhorn Creek:
Still waters Campground Marina, Frankfort , 5 miles away
Frankfort Boat Club, Frankfort , 6 miles away
Cummins Ferry Campground And Marina, Salvisa , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Elkhorn Creek:
Bluegrass Inn, Frankfort , 3 miles away
Best Western Parkside Inn, Frankfort , 4 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Frankfort, Frankfort , 4 miles away
Capital Plaza Hotel Frankfort, Frankfort , 5 miles away
Knights Inn Frankfort, Frankfort , 7 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Elkhorn Creek:
Elkhorn Campground, Frankfort, 2 miles away
Kentucky River Campgrounds, Frankfort, 5 miles away
Still waters Campground Marina, Frankfort, 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Elkhorn Creek:
Old Fort Harrod State Park, Kentucky , 26 miles away
General Butler State Park, Kentucky , 33 miles away
Big Bone Lick State Park, Kentucky , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Elkhorn Creek:
Lakeview Springs Golf Course, Frankfort , 2 miles away
Frankfort Country Club, Frankfort , 2 miles away
Mulligan's Indoor Golf, Frankfort , 3 miles away

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