Rating: Advanced, Medium River, Low Flow, 18 miles, Moderate Pace, Full-service campground and other lodging nearby if you want it
This is an advanced trip! Paddle 18 miles from Camp Nelson to High Bridge on the Kentucky River. Takes you through the 'Heart of the Palisades', the best section of palisades on the Kentucky River, a flatter section around the Jessamine Creek area, back to palisades around the Dix River and High Bridge Area. Passes by a Great Blue Heron rookery (around 50 nests), Tom Dorman State Nature Preserve (SNP), Jim Beam NP, Jessamine Creek NP, Crutcher NP, and Sally Brown NP.
Very long and challenging trip. Has taken strong paddlers in long boats 5.5 to 6 hours to complete (because of the long shuttle, I'm enforcing a max of 6 hours). Its 12 miles to the usual lunch stop. Maybe one or two other stops after that. Not a trip for beginners or rec. boats. Recommend you have done several speedy (4mph+) 10-12 mile trips this year before attempting this. Shuttle is 30 minutes one way.
Put-in at the Camp Nelson ramp under the US 27 Bridge (the lower old bridge is not open, so make sure you come on Camp Nelson Rd -which is sometimes referred to as Old Lexington Rd -from the south side of the river). Honor box fee is usually $3. Meet there at 8:30 to drop boats. Will run shuttle over to the High Bridge VPA Ramp (appx. 602 Lock 7 Rd, Wilmore, KY), so on the water before 10AM.
River charts (we'll be on charts nos. 19,18,17): http://finance.ky.gov/about/Documents/KentuckyRiverNavigationCharts2011.pdf
Some points of interest in the Jessamine Co. Ky River Guidebook (we'll be starting at Marker 19 and going almost to Marker 5): http://www.jessamineco.com/river/guidebook.htm
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