Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventures

An Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventure is coming to Louisville! Join Metro Parks and our partners and canoe the Ohio River, taking off from both Riverview and Shawnee Parks. We will showcase the beauty of the great outdoors... in our own backyard!
Free trips will be conducted in safe and stable 24 and 32-foot Voyageurs, which hold between 9 and15 participants. Safety equipment and trained staff will be provided.
Event is open to everyone ages 3 and older. Wear comfortable outdoor clothing that can get wet - no flip-flops. Ice water will be available, so bring a refillable water bottle.
PREREGISTRATION for individuals and groups is REQUIRED the day before each trip.
Contact Jefferson Memorial Forest at 502/[masked] to reserve your slot.
Open spots will go quickly, so reserve yours early!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Is everyone volunteering or just going out for the paddle?

    October 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm not sure where the appropriate place to ask this would be, but I would love to get more information on paddling the Ohio, especially around Westport Park in Oldham County as I recently moved to La Grange. How is paddling the Ohio? I have paddled many lakes of all sizes, the float section of the Elkhorn Creek, and the Green River - how does the Ohio compare to those? From non-paddlers, I hear not to paddle in the Ohio because it's huge and people die in it all the time. I even heard it is illegal in at least some areas. I also found something on Google maps labeled "Eighteenmile Creek" and "Palton's Creek". I have heard of and seen Harrod's Creek as well. Are these worth checking out, and how are they? Any info is appreciated. Thanks.

    September 27, 2013

    • Greg M.

      The dams on the Ohio turn it into a long lake. Here's a link that shows the velocity of the flow, the one for downtown Louisville is the McAlpine Upper, and is usually around .5mph during the summer/fall. And that's out in the middle, it's slower the closer you get to shore. The wind usually has more of an effect than the current.


      1 · September 28, 2013

  • Linda I.

    I'm not a non paddler but I'm with them. I'm afraid of the river, too. You can't stand up in it like a creek. It's hard to paddle up stream but it's slow unless it rains. Winds make it choppy and look out for skiers and barges. I'm a swollen creek gal myself.

    September 27, 2013

  • kabita

    Can i bring a friend with me ?

    September 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm guessing these are the really large canoes? How much is the trip and is it an all day trip? Just wondering if we should bring snacks also.

    September 23, 2013

  • Linda I.

    how far does the trip go dow the river? Can a kayak paddler go along side?

    September 17, 2013

    • Rebecca M.

      Linda, you're welcome to come paddle along with us. The trips are going to be 1 1/2 hours round-trip (which will include the on-shore part.)

      September 19, 2013

    • Linda I.

      I probably won't do it but thanks.

      September 19, 2013

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