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Kentucky whitewater, Howard's Creek

Clark county, Old Stone Church Road to Kentucky River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III(IV)     5 miles
Howard's Creek can be a dangerous creek due to fallen trees and fences. Howard's is famous for wood and wire in the flow. Howard's is NOT a beginner stream as this article seems to indicate. Says BG

This stretch of Howard's Creek in Clark County is 5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-III(IV) section. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so keep in mind that many
    runs in this state are very easy. The put-in location is a short drive from Lexington-Fayette, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The beautiful scenery of Kentucky and the cool fresh water
beats anything. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling rivers. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad  
you came. This is a pretty decent length section, you can easily run it on an afternoon.

Briefly about the general area:
Fort Boonesborough State Park is worth taking a look at if you're at Howard's Creek, and there are plenty of folks from Winchester here. Throughout the days of summer highs here at Howard's Creek get into the 80's, and all through the night it cools down to the 60's. The winter comes with highs in the 30's, and overnight lows in the 20's for Howard's Creek. Howard's Creek is a wet place that gets a good deal of rain. The month with most of the rain is July, and October is the month with the least moisture.

Howard's Creek, Old Stone Church 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 Howard's Creek.
 Whitewater Near Howard's Creek:
Howard's Creek, Clark County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 5 miles long (Old Stone Church Road to Kentucky River)
Galloway Creek, Madison County, 2 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.5 miles long (Confluence of Smith Fork to Kentucky River)
Jouett Creek, Clark County, 2 miles away
      Class IV - 1.8 miles long (Kentucky 418 to Kentucky River)
Four Mile Creek, Clark County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 2 miles long (Four Mile Road Bridge to Confluence with Kentucky River)
Calloway Creek, Madison County, 5 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.5 miles long (Confluence of Smith Fork to Kentucky River)
Boone Creek, Fayette/Clark County, 6 miles away
      Class II(III) - 6.3 miles long (Kentucky 418 Bridge to Kentucky River)
Otter Creek, Madison County, 6 miles away
      Class -blank- - 2 miles long (East Fork to Kentucky 388 bridge)
Otter Creek, Madison County, 6 miles away
      Class II(III) - 6 miles long (West Fork to Kentucky388 Bridge)
Muddy Creek, Madison County, 11 miles away
      Class II(III) - 5 miles long (Oakley Wells Road Bridge to Close to Doylesville)
Tates Creek, Madison County, 13 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 5 miles long (Million Kentucky to 169 Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Howard's Creek:
Perfect North, Indiana , 79 miles away, 400 foot drop, 10 lifts, 23 runs
Spicy Run Mountain, Ohio , 96 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near Howard's Creek:
Best Western Winchester Hotel, Winchester , 6 miles away
Comfort Inn Winchester, Winchester , 6 miles away
Red Roof Inn Lexington-Winchester, Winchester , 7 miles away
Hampton Inn Winchester, Winchester , 7 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Winchester, Winchester , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Howard's Creek:
Fort Boonesborough State Park, Richmond, 2 miles away
Clays Ferry Landing, Lexington, 6 miles away
Grove - Daniel Boone National Forest, Winchester, 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Howard's Creek:
Fort Boonesborough State Park, Kentucky , 2 miles away
Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky , 30 miles away
Blue Licks Battlefield State Park, Kentucky , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Howard's Creek:
Southwind Golf Course, Winchester , 4 miles away
Sportland Golf Course, Winchester , 5 miles away
Buggies Unlimited, Winchester , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near Howard's Creek
Lake Reba, Madison , 10 miles away
Lexington Reservoir Number 4, Fayette , 13 miles away

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