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Kentucky whitewater, Jessamine Creek

Jessamine county, Frankfort Ford Road To 1268 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II(III)     3.3 miles
  The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Lexington-Fayette, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. The scenic beauty of Kentucky and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water will make you feel great. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so don't forget that many of the rivers in this state are not
    very demanding. This stretch of Jessamine Creek is 3.3 miles long and has been rated as a class II(III) section by American Whitewater. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are
lots of good rivers for that around here. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. This stretch is short so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you  
come because it is a very popular destination. A good workout and spending some quality time in nature are sure to keep you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
At Jessamine Creek you always meet someone from Wilmore. High temperatures at Jessamine Creek during the months of summer are in the 80's, and the night is somewhat chillier of course, generally in the 60's. Daytime highs through the winter are in the 40's, and overnight lows at Jessamine Creek throughout the winter generally drop into the 10's. Jessamine Creek mostly gets a large amount of rainfall. The wettest month of the year is commonly May, that's the one that rains the most while October is ordinarily the driest month.

Jessamine Creek, Frankfort Ford Road To 1268 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 Jessamine Creek.
 Whitewater Near Jessamine Creek:
Jessamine Creek, Jessamine County, 1 miles away
      Class II(III) - 3.3 miles long (Frankfort Ford Road To 1268)
White Oak Creek, Garrard County, 5 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (Kentucky 1845 to Kentucky River)
Hickman Creek, Jessamine County, 6 miles away
      Class II(III) - 4 miles long (Brumfield Lane to 1268 Bridge)
Cedar Branch, Mercer County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.5 miles long (Kentucky 342 to Kentucky River)
Hickman Creek, Jessamine County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 4 miles long (Kentucky 1541 to Elm Fork Road)
Shawnee Run, Mercer County, 11 miles away
      Class I-III(IV) - 4 miles long (Kentucky 1343)
Gilbert Creek, Anderson County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 2.75 miles long (Gilbert Creek road to Kentucky River)
Tates Creek, Madison County, 16 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 5 miles long (Million Kentucky to 169 Bridge)
Silver Creek, Madison County, 17 miles away
      Class II - 3.5 miles long (Kentucky 876 Bridge to end of Bogie Mill Road)
Silver Creek, Madison County, 20 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 3 miles long (Curtis RoadBridge to Kentucky 876 Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Jessamine Creek:
Perfect North, Indiana , 73 miles away, 400 foot drop, 10 lifts, 23 runs
 Marinas Near Jessamine Creek:
Kamp Kennedy Marina, Lancaster , 7 miles away
Chimney Rock Marina, Harrodsburg , 7 miles away
Barkley's Pandora Marina, Harrodsburg , 8 miles away
Herrington Lake Marina, Lancaster , 8 miles away
Kings Mill Marina, Lancaster , 10 miles away
 Hotels Near Jessamine Creek:
Comfort Inn Lexington South, Nicholasville , 4 miles away
Home Place Inn, Nicholasville , 5 miles away
Holiday Inn Express LEXINGTON-SW (NICHOLASVILLE), Nicholasville , 6 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Lexington, Lexington , 10 miles away
Comfort Suites Lexington, Lexington , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Jessamine Creek:
Riverview At Camp Nelson RV Park, Lancaster, 5 miles away
Chimney Rock Recreational Vehicle Park, Harrodsburg, 7 miles away
Chimney Rock Campground, Harrodsburg, 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Jessamine Creek:
Old Fort Harrod State Park, Kentucky , 15 miles away
Fort Boonesborough State Park, Kentucky , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Jessamine Creek:
Widow's Watch Golf Club, Nicholasville , 6 miles away
Keene Run Golf Club, Nicholasville , 7 miles away
Connemara Golf Links, Nicholasville , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Jessamine Creek
Herrington Lake, Mercer , 6 miles away
Lexington Reservoir Number 4, Fayette , 15 miles away

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