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Kentucky whitewater, Hickman Creek

Jessamine county, Kentucky 1541 to Elm Fork Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     4 miles
  The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often easier than in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that the rivers in this state are less demanding. This stretch of Hickman Creek in Kentucky is 4 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-II section of whitewater. The starting point is not too far from Lexington-Fayette, as you can see on the road map further down. Whether
    you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. There's camping available near Hickman Creek. No shortage of good hotels, but you'd better reserve in advance because these
hotels fill up quick. The natural beauty of Kentucky and the water flowing gracefully down Hickman Creek make the trip here worthwhile. The Kentucky 1541 to Elm Fork Road section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature are great reasons to come.

Briefly about the general area:
The cheerful folks of Nicholasville like to hang out close
by. Hickman Creek sees pretty high levels of rainfall. July is when you get the most rain here; the driest of the months is October. Summertime highs at Hickman Creek mostly tend to be in the 80's with overnight lows in the 60's. Throughout the wintertime the highs are commonly in the 30's, and after the sun is down throughout the wintertime temperatures at Hickman Creek fall into the 20's.

Hickman Creek, Kentucky 1541 to Elm Fork Road 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 Hickman Creek.
 Whitewater Near Hickman Creek:
Hickman Creek, Jessamine County, 1 miles away
      Class I-II - 4 miles long (Kentucky 1541 to Elm Fork Road)
Hickman Creek, Jessamine County, 2 miles away
      Class II(III) - 4 miles long (Brumfield Lane to 1268 Bridge)
Jessamine Creek, Jessamine County, 8 miles away
      Class II(III) - 3.3 miles long (Frankfort Ford Road To 1268)
Tates Creek, Madison County, 9 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 5 miles long (Million Kentucky to 169 Bridge)
White Oak Creek, Garrard County, 10 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (Kentucky 1845 to Kentucky River)
Silver Creek, Madison County, 10 miles away
      Class II - 3.5 miles long (Kentucky 876 Bridge to end of Bogie Mill Road)
Silver Creek, Madison County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 3 miles long (Curtis RoadBridge to Kentucky 876 Bridge)
Boone Creek, Fayette/Clark County, 14 miles away
      Class II(III) - 6.3 miles long (Kentucky 418 Bridge to Kentucky River)
Cedar Branch, Mercer County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.5 miles long (Kentucky 342 to Kentucky River)
Calloway Creek, Madison County, 15 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.5 miles long (Confluence of Smith Fork to Kentucky River)
 Ski Areas Near Hickman Creek:
Perfect North, Indiana , 76 miles away, 400 foot drop, 10 lifts, 23 runs
 Marinas Near Hickman Creek:
Kamp Kennedy Marina, Lancaster , 13 miles away
Herrington Lake Marina, Lancaster , 13 miles away
Chimney Rock Marina, Harrodsburg , 13 miles away
Kings Mill Marina, Lancaster , 14 miles away
Barkley's Pandora Marina, Harrodsburg , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Hickman Creek:
Comfort Inn Lexington South, Nicholasville , 4 miles away
Holiday Inn Express LEXINGTON-SW (NICHOLASVILLE), Nicholasville , 5 miles away
Home Place Inn, Nicholasville , 5 miles away
Forty57 At Glasford, Lexington , 8 miles away
Hilton Lexington Suites, Lexington , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Hickman Creek:
Sugar Creek Resort, Nicholasville, 6 miles away
Riverview At Camp Nelson RV Park, Lancaster, 7 miles away
Camp Nelson Recreational Vehicle Park, Lancaster, 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Hickman Creek:
Fort Boonesborough State Park, Kentucky , 18 miles away
Old Fort Harrod State Park, Kentucky , 23 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Hickman Creek:
High Point Golf Club, Nicholasville , 4 miles away
Connemara Golf Links, Nicholasville , 5 miles away
Meadowbrook Golf Course, Lexington , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Hickman Creek
Lexington Reservoir Number 4, Fayette , 9 miles away
Herrington Lake, Mercer , 13 miles away
Lake Reba, Madison , 19 miles away

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