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Taylorsville Lake Paddle

Paddle the upper part of Taylorsville Lake, up into the Salt River.  Should be about a 6 mile out and back.  Can continue in the other direction for as long as you would want.  The Chowning Ln ramp is about 3 miles that direction and might be a good turnaround point for about a 12 mile paddle total.

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  • suzanne

    has anyone heard of hurricaine kayaks out of north carolina. canoe kentucky is selling them, and their material is light weight, kayaks are affordable. i'd want to kayak the river sunday, but my daughter is visiting from amherst, so not sure i can. will look at site saturday morning to decide? regards. thanks for organizing

    March 27, 2014

    • Don P.

      I've heard of them, and probably have seen some Tampicos without realizing it. They aren't really known for their long boats - mostly for their rec boats, the Santees. Hadn't heard of their Tracer 16.5 until I went to their web site.

      March 28, 2014

    • Maryellen S.

      I have a Hurricane Santee 126 and I.LOVE.IT. Most of the time I don't have to use the foot pegs as it is so light and easy to paddle. However, it is not for rocky creeks )(made of thermofoam ABS), long distance paddling or overnight kayamping trips. But I really love it as I can handle it by myself and get it up on my Saturn Vue with the use of a roller. I have kayaked 16 mile trips with it and while others were grumbling about the distance, it seemed short to me. :)

      April 1, 2014

  • Dan G.

    a nice day

    March 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I want to come to this sooo bad but my car rack isn't scheduled to be installed until Wednesday and I don't have anyone to help me load with my foam yakima blocks.
    Its also a new kayak for me and I have not tried it out so I would hold people back a bit.

    March 30, 2014

    • Don P.

      We weren't going too fast on the first 5.6 mile leg - Walt's first time out in months, and Elisa's recovering from wrist injury. Dan and I went another 5 miles to the other ramp. We went out pretty fast, but slowed down coming back.

      March 31, 2014

  • Jim O.

    Sorry, didn't realize were we were paddling. Can't make it by 12. See you next trip.

    March 29, 2014

  • Don P.

    River level is headed back up. I was afraid of that. There was a line of storms just sitting on top of the river last evening just south and east of here, and looks like more coming this morning. Will go ahead and switch to Taylorsville Lake. Temps are going to be cooler, and the wind higher than was forecast earlier in the week, so keep that in mind - supposed to only be 44 at noon (wind chill 37), but should eventually get to the mid 50s.

    March 29, 2014

  • Don P.

    River levels are getting into the zone where I feel comfortable taking Meetup folks (<3500cfs), but the rain potential is up to an inch or more the next few days. Should be able to make the final call on Saturday. Just to try someplace new, the alternate Meetup location if the river is too high will be Taylorsville Lake at the Van Buren Ramp. This is at the upper part of the lake where its more river-like. Use 1 Van Buren Rd, Mt. Eden, KY to lookup the location. Can go about 3 miles up the river, so 6 miles there and back, then can head out into the lake for more.

    March 27, 2014

  • Jim O.

    I paddle High Bridge from lock 7 a few weeks ago. The ramp was muddy but doable. The Elkhorn ramp at Oser Landing Park in Georgetown was very doable last week. It's a good paddle upstream and back with lots of turtles and such.

    March 25, 2014

  • carol y.

    Don, Have you checked any of the ramps for mud? The last time I was at Nunsuch, mud was half way up the ramp. Impossible to get to the water. I’ll drive down there Mon or Tues, and post conditions .

    March 24, 2014

    • Don P.

      No. The river hasn't been low enough to even bother until now. May still get too much rain on Friday anyway. If we're still a go, I'll check a couple Sat.

      March 24, 2014

  • Greg

    I'm up for any trip, but if I had to pick I'd say Camp Nelson. Looking forward to meeting a few members.

    March 23, 2014

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