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Kentucky whitewater, Otter Creek

Madison county, West Fork to Kentucky388 Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II(III)     6 miles
  This stretch of Otter Creek is 6 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II(III) section. The wonderful Madison County scenery and the cool fresh water will make you feel great. The West Fork to Kentucky388 Bridge section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Kentucky you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so you'd better keep in mind that
    many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of spots for that. There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend a night, but
do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This stretch is mid length, you can easily run it on an afternoon. If you're coming from Richmond it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while will make you glad you came.

Briefly about the general area:
like Fort Boonesborough State Park are magnificent to visit, and lots of folks from Richmond come here. A large amount of rain falls at Otter Creek. The wettest month of the year is mostly July, that's the one that rains the most while October is frequently the driest month. At Otter Creek during the days of summer highs are in the 80's, and through the night it cools down to the 60's. The cold days of the winter come with highs in the 30's while Otter Creek nighttime low temperatures through the wintertime are in the 20's.

Otter Creek, West Fork to Kentucky388 Bridge 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 Otter Creek.
 Whitewater Near Otter Creek:
Otter Creek, Madison County, 1 miles away
      Class II(III) - 6 miles long (West Fork to Kentucky388 Bridge)
Otter Creek, Madison County, 3 miles away
      Class -blank- - 2 miles long (East Fork to Kentucky 388 bridge)
Galloway Creek, Madison County, 3 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.5 miles long (Confluence of Smith Fork to Kentucky River)
Calloway Creek, Madison County, 3 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.5 miles long (Confluence of Smith Fork to Kentucky River)
Jouett Creek, Clark County, 4 miles away
      Class IV - 1.8 miles long (Kentucky 418 to Kentucky River)
Howard's Creek, Clark County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 5 miles long (Old Stone Church Road to Kentucky River)
Four Mile Creek, Clark County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 2 miles long (Four Mile Road Bridge to Confluence with Kentucky River)
Boone Creek, Fayette/Clark County, 6 miles away
      Class II(III) - 6.3 miles long (Kentucky 418 Bridge to Kentucky River)
Silver Creek, Madison County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 3 miles long (Curtis RoadBridge to Kentucky 876 Bridge)
Muddy Creek, Madison County, 9 miles away
      Class II(III) - 5 miles long (Oakley Wells Road Bridge to Close to Doylesville)
 Ski Areas Near Otter Creek:
Perfect North, Indiana , 83 miles away, 400 foot drop, 10 lifts, 23 runs
Spicy Run Mountain, Ohio , 100 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near Otter Creek:
Red Roof Inn Richmond, KY, Richmond , 5 miles away
Days Inn Richmond, Richmond , 5 miles away
Super 8 Richmond, Richmond , 5 miles away
La Quinta Inn Richmond, Richmond , 5 miles away
Best Western Richmond Hotel, Richmond , 7 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Otter Creek:
Fort Boonesborough State Park, Richmond, 3 miles away
Clays Ferry Landing, Lexington, 5 miles away
Grove - Daniel Boone National Forest, Winchester, 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Otter Creek:
Fort Boonesborough State Park, Kentucky , 3 miles away
Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky , 28 miles away
Blue Licks Battlefield State Park, Kentucky , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Otter Creek:
Madison Country Club, Richmond , 4 miles away
Gibson Bay Golf Course, Richmond , 6 miles away
Bull Golf Club, Richmond , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Otter Creek
Lake Reba, Madison , 6 miles away
Lexington Reservoir Number 4, Fayette , 14 miles away

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