Rating: Intermediate, Medium River, Low Flow, 9 miles, Moderate Pace
This out and back 9 mile trip is good for intermediate to advanced paddlers. Although some with shorter kayaks and/or beginner skills have managed it is best suited to kayaks that track well. This trip may be cancelled or rescheduled due to high fast water on the Kentucky River that can be common at this time of year.
At this time of year the Great Blue Heron rookery (nesting site) has big chicks and the leaves are still small enough to make the nests easily visible. To best view the chicks it is suggested that you bring binoculars although they can be seen without them. We have seen beaver, otter, bright yellow Prothonotary Warblers, and even a Bobcat on this trip. This is a scenic paddle on the Kentucky River, pool 7, past Shaker Landing and the Dixie Belle, under High Bridge, past the Dix River with some scenic palisades views along the way.
After a 4.5 mile paddle we will find a group of about 50 Great Blue Heron nests along the river banks in the top of tall Sycamore trees. There are no good places to easily get out along the way, so plan to be in your kayak the whole time. Total trip length, 9 miles, make sure you can handle that distance or know when to turn back if you tire.
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