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Kentucky whitewater, Gilbert Creek

Anderson county, Gilbert Creek road to Kentucky River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III+     2.75 miles
I currently live on the creek and when it rains hard it is easily a class III. I've run it several times and it is definitely a difficult, but fun, run Says Sean Robinson

I just so happenned to google Gilberts Creek. I was raised on Gilberts creek and I have walked every inch of the creek many times. To say it is whitewater is pretty funny, except where the river runs into the Kentucky River you can't float a boat on Gilberts creek.
    Most of the creek is barely ankle deep. You may want to check your info. FYI. WH. Says Walter Hoffeld

The nature scenery of Kentucky and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough
to come here and paddle. The put-in location is a short drive from Frankfort, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many runs in this state are very easy. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature are great  
reasons to come. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This is a somewhat short section so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of spots for that. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. The Gilbert Creek road to Kentucky River section of Gilbert Creek is 2.75 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II-III+ section of whitewater.

Gilbert Creek, Gilbert Creek road 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 Gilbert Creek.
 Whitewater Near Gilbert Creek:
Gilbert Creek, Anderson County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 2.75 miles long (Gilbert Creek road to Kentucky River)
Shawnee Run, Mercer County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III(IV) - 4 miles long (Kentucky 1343)
Glenn's Creek, Woodford County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Kentucky 1685 bridge to Distillery Pool)
Cedar Branch, Mercer County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.5 miles long (Kentucky 342 to Kentucky River)
Elkhorn Creek, Franklin County, 13 miles away
      Class II(III) - 6 miles long (Forks of Elkhorn US460 Bridge to Kentucky1900)
Benson Creek, Shelby / Franklin County, 14 miles away
      Class II(III) - 3 miles long (Kentucky 1005 to Benson Falls)
Benson Creek, Anderson / Franklin County, 14 miles away
      Class II - 5.1 miles long (Kentucky 1005 to Kentucky River)
Jessamine Creek, Jessamine County, 16 miles away
      Class II(III) - 3.3 miles long (Frankfort Ford Road To 1268)
White Oak Creek, Garrard County, 17 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (Kentucky 1845 to Kentucky River)
Hickman Creek, Jessamine County, 21 miles away
      Class II(III) - 4 miles long (Brumfield Lane to 1268 Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Gilbert Creek:
Perfect North, Indiana , 64 miles away, 400 foot drop, 10 lifts, 23 runs
 Marinas Near Gilbert Creek:
Cummins Ferry Campground And Marina, Salvisa , 6 miles away
Beaver Lake Marina, Lawrenceburg , 12 miles away
Frankfort Boat Club, Frankfort , 12 miles away
Pandora Marina, Burgin , 13 miles away
Chimney Rock Marina, Harrodsburg , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Gilbert Creek:
Best Western Lawrenceburg Inn, Lawrenceburg , 6 miles away
Baymont Inn And Suites Harrodsburg, Harrodsburg , 11 miles away
Country Hearth Inn V73006, Harrodsburg , 11 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Frankfort, Frankfort , 11 miles away
Best Western Parkside Inn, Frankfort , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Gilbert Creek:
Cummins Ferry Campground And Marina, Salvisa, 6 miles away
Beaver Lake Marina LLC, Lawrenceburg, 12 miles away
Elkhorn Campground, Frankfort, 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Gilbert Creek:
Old Fort Harrod State Park, Kentucky , 12 miles away
Lincoln Homestead State Park, Kentucky , 29 miles away
Fort Boonesborough State Park, Kentucky , 40 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Gilbert Creek:
Bob-O-Link Golf Course, Lawrenceburg , 7 miles away
The Brook Golf Course, Versailles , 11 miles away
Juniper Hills Golf Course, Frankfort , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Gilbert Creek
Beaver Lake, Anderson , 13 miles away
Herrington Lake, Mercer , 14 miles away

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