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Kentucky whitewater, Tates Creek

Madison county, Million Kentucky to 169 Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II+(III)     5 miles
  The Million Kentucky to 169 Bridge section of Tates Creek is 5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II+(III) section. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Kentucky you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so better not forget that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Lexington-Fayette, there's a road map further down
    the page with more info on that. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. You might be into whitewater
rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. This stretch has has enough mileage, it's good length for a morning trip. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. The wonderful Kentucky scenery and the cool fresh water will make you feel great.

Briefly about
the general area:
Tates Creek is a location with many visitors from Richmond. Fort Boonesborough State Park is both great and picturesque, and it's near Tates Creek. During the warm months here at Tates Creek, high temperatures mostly get into the 80's. Through the dark hours of summer temperatures dip down into the 60's. High temperatures all through the wintertime are normally in the 30's; throughout the dark hours in the winter at Tates Creek temperatures fall to the 20's. Tates Creek is a wet place that gets lots of rain. The month of July is the wettest with most of the rain, and October is when it's the driest.

Tates Creek, Million Kentucky to 169 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 Tates Creek.
 Whitewater Near Tates Creek:
Tates Creek, Madison County, 2 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 5 miles long (Million Kentucky to 169 Bridge)
Silver Creek, Madison County, 5 miles away
      Class II - 3.5 miles long (Kentucky 876 Bridge to end of Bogie Mill Road)
Hickman Creek, Jessamine County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 4 miles long (Kentucky 1541 to Elm Fork Road)
Silver Creek, Madison County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 3 miles long (Curtis RoadBridge to Kentucky 876 Bridge)
Hickman Creek, Jessamine County, 9 miles away
      Class II(III) - 4 miles long (Brumfield Lane to 1268 Bridge)
Calloway Creek, Madison County, 9 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.5 miles long (Confluence of Smith Fork to Kentucky River)
Boone Creek, Fayette/Clark County, 9 miles away
      Class II(III) - 6.3 miles long (Kentucky 418 Bridge to Kentucky River)
Otter Creek, Madison County, 11 miles away
      Class II(III) - 6 miles long (West Fork to Kentucky388 Bridge)
Jouett Creek, Clark County, 11 miles away
      Class IV - 1.8 miles long (Kentucky 418 to Kentucky River)
Galloway Creek, Madison County, 12 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.5 miles long (Confluence of Smith Fork to Kentucky River)
 Ski Areas Near Tates Creek:
Perfect North, Indiana , 80 miles away, 400 foot drop, 10 lifts, 23 runs
 Marinas Near Tates Creek:
Kings Mill Marina, Lancaster , 19 miles away
Herrington Lake Marina, Lancaster , 19 miles away
Kamp Kennedy Marina, Lancaster , 19 miles away
Chimney Rock Marina, Harrodsburg , 19 miles away
Barkley's Pandora Marina, Harrodsburg , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Tates Creek:
Days Inn Richmond, Richmond , 8 miles away
Super 8 Richmond, Richmond , 8 miles away
Hampton Inn Richmond, Richmond , 8 miles away
Quality Inn Richmond, Richmond , 8 miles away
Comfort Suites Richmond, Richmond , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Tates Creek:
Clays Ferry Landing, Lexington, 8 miles away
Sugar Creek Resort, Nicholasville, 10 miles away
Renfro Valley Entertainment Center, Renfro Valley, 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Tates Creek:
Fort Boonesborough State Park, Kentucky , 12 miles away
Old Fort Harrod State Park, Kentucky , 29 miles away
Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Tates Creek:
High Point Golf Club, Nicholasville , 6 miles away
Bull Golf Club, Richmond , 6 miles away
Madison Country Club, Richmond , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Tates Creek
Lexington Reservoir Number 4, Fayette , 10 miles away
Lake Reba, Madison , 13 miles away
Herrington Lake, Mercer , 19 miles away

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