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Kentucky River - Frankfort, KY

  • Jul 11, 2009 · 11:00 AM
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I'm updating the description to omit the Elkhorn Creek option, water levels not looking promising at all -- We'll just try the Kentucky River.
Canoe KY Water Level Update Here is a basic description of the trip: Kentucky River Boomerang
When the water gets low on the creek in the summer time, we are not completely down and out. We offer our Kentucky River Boomerang Trip. This is a beautiful stretch of river that passes by farm fields and the famed rolling hills of Kentucky. On this trip, you follow us in your vehicle to your put in point at the Kentuky River Campground. Once you are parked, you put in and can paddle either up or downstream (this part of the river has no real current), then return back to the same spot to take out. The campground has a nice rock beach as well as a picnic pavilion that is perfect for stopping to enjoy your lunch. A great alternative to a day on the creek. Our put-in/take-out spot:[masked],[masked] Probably a non-shuttled trip, although I do see it would just be a short float to downtown Frankfort. Closest address to the above coordinates: 2750 Steele Branch Rd, Frankfort, KY 40601 By the way -- the picture for this Meetup is the Steele Branch Ramp
DIRECTIONS Directions to Steele Branch Boat Ramp: 1: Take I-64 E toward LEXINGTON/I-65. 49.3 mi 2: Merge onto US-127 N via EXIT 53B toward FRANKFORT. 5.0 mi 3: Turn LEFT onto US-421 S/WILKINSON ST. Continue to follow US-421 S. 1.8 mi 4: Take the US-127 ramp toward OWENTON/FRANKFORT. 0.1 mi 5: Turn SLIGHT LEFT. 0.0 mi 6: Turn LEFT onto US-127 N/HOLMES ST. Continue to follow US-127 N. 5.0 mi 7: Turn LEFT onto STEELE BRANCH RD. 2.4 mi 8: End at 2750 Steele Branch Rd Frankfort, KY[masked] Renters: Directions to Canoe KY from Louisville: Take 64 East to the Frankfort/ Lawrenceburg exit, #53B. This will put you on US127 North. Follow it 4.5 miles down into Frankfort. Immediatley after crossing over the Kentucky River, you will come to a traffic light. The 10 story Capital Plaza Hotel will be in front of you. Turn left to stay on 127 North. Continue approximatley 2 miles. After you pass the Buffalo Trace distillery on the left, and a post office on the right you will see a sign stating "Owenton/ Frankfort 127 North". Exit here to the right, and at the bottom of the ramp, turn left, onto 127 North towards Owenton. Go up the big hill, and at the top, turn right onto KY1900. (It is the first road on the right. There is a blue sign there that says "Tourist Activities, Canoe Kentucky 8 Miles".) You will pass our put in when you cross over the Elkhorn in about 5 miles. 3 miles later, over another big hill, you will pass the old Peaks Mill School on the right. Canoe Kentucky will be a 1/4 mile ahead on the left. ** Renters should try to be at Canoe KY by 10:00 AM, so that they can meet the rest of us at the put-in by 11:00 -- We will wait, but please RSPV so we'll know who to wait for. Apparantely there are papers to sign and a video to watch.

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  • Ellen

    Thanks, guys, for coming down to Frankfort. The river's a nice alternative to the creek once it's down and out for the year; esp. nice early in the morning while the mist is still rising, birds are feeding, catfish are jumping, and the power boaters and pontooniacs aren't out partying yet!!!

    Very pretty paddle, and great meeting everyone! We'll have to put in downtown next time to see the city; maybe stop by the infamous Rick's White Light for "paddle-thru" Oyster Po' Boys.

    Fingers crossed for the Elkhorn this Saturday.

    July 13, 2009

  • Brian K

    Great trip on a beautiful part of the Kentucky River -- non shuttled, put-in and took-out at the Steele Branch Ramp -- very easy access and a great alternate to the creek -- weather was perfect, somehow we avoided any rain. A few power boats around, but nothing too threatening -- saw a few blue herons, ducks (waiting to see Ellen's closeups) turtles and a friendly German Shephard who came down to see us off.
    Turns out the creek was probably okay to run today..live and learn. Stopped by Canoe KY on the way out then to Applebees for a bite to eat. Pedro got to try out his new whitewater boat -- says he liked it, but probably not the best boat for this kind of water
    Thanks to all who made it out.

    July 11, 2009

  • Ellen

    Er, "subsided"; not "subsized," lol, although I guess that means the same thing... Strohmeier's at Still Waters Campgound is actually a bit cheaper than CK, but anyway... I'm assuming those members who own their own boats will just meet renters at the Kentucky River Campground boat ramp? You might want to include meeting time and parking details for private boat owners.

    July 9, 2009

  • Pedro

    who is going?
    anyone would liek to carpool?
    I want to go and visit teh CK store...lol
    let me know so i can change to yes

    July 9, 2009

  • Brian K

    We're actually leaning a little more towards a Kentucky River paddle, starting here: [masked],[masked]
    Probably a non-shuttled trip, although I do see it would just be a short float to downtown Frankfort.

    July 7, 2009

  • Ellen

    Check-in at CK is only "mandatory" if you're renting from CK...

    There are other paddles in the area: Guist Creek Lake, Lake Shelby, the Elkhorn at Georgetown (a pool, so no shuttle necessary; constant level), but of course rentals not available.

    Both CK and Strohmeiers offer river rentals during the summer once the creek has subsized for the season (usually by July)...

    July 7, 2009

  • Greg M.

    Canoe KY has frequent updates on the water level:
    http://canoeky.com/WaterConditions/tabid/1410/Default.aspx

    July 2, 2009

  • Ellen

    I beg to differ that summer pool is "slow going." The current is pretty constant at pool and above, to the point where you can basically float the run if you have time. But, yes, at summer pool and below, there are a few isolated places where you'll "paint the rocks," lol.

    July 2, 2009

  • Brian K

    Thanks Doug, correction made -- Thats exactly the kind of feedback I am looking for. It sounds the the lower portion might be the best option for the group. Are there certain levels we need to lookout for to prevent a lot of dragging? I'm okay with a little bit of needing to drag the boat to reposition myself as long as its not every 200 feet.

    July 2, 2009

  • Doug D.

    Brian time on the meet up says 11pm, but Im assuming you meant 11am?
    As for "good" levels the best if you are looking to run the upper portion for class 2 to 2+ whitewater are around[masked] CFS.
    For the lower portion anything above "summer pool" level is good but will be slow going. If its below that it means you might be dragging your boat through some portions.

    July 2, 2009

  • Greg M.

    If the river is running I'll be going. I'll get a hold of Canoe KY and see what levels they recommend are good.

    July 2, 2009

  • Brian K

    Sorry Greg -- I did not mean to automatically RSPV you as a Yes for this one, not I do not know how to un-do

    July 2, 2009

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