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Cumberland River - Wolf Creek Dam to Winfrey Ferry Boat Ramp

  • Fairview Plaza Shopping Center

    1005 Fairview Ave, Bowling Green, KY (map)

    36.990734 -86.427765

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    This is a 16 mile paddle. Please honestly evaluate your own paddling ability to determine whether you are up to making a 16 mile paddle in the middle of July.

     

     

    You can either meet us in Bowling Green, or you can meet us at the put-in, wolf creek dam. If you prefer to meet in Bowling Green, we'll see you at Fairview Plaza Shopping Center (1005 Fairview Avenue) at 8 a.m. CENTRAL TIME to carpool and caravan to the put-in, wolf creek dam. Otherwise, we will meet you at our put-in, wolf creek dam, at 10 a.m. CENTRAL TIME. To get there, GPS to the following address: 80 Kendall Rd, Jamestown, KY.


     

     OUR TAKE-OUT:

    Winfrey Ferry Boat Ramp

     

     

      



      

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    OUR PUT-IN:

    Wolf Creek Dam

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     















    SEE DAM RELEASE INFORMATION HERE:

    http://www.tva.gov/lakes/wch_r.htm
    The Cumberland River rises quickly when electrical generation begins from the dam.



    OVERNIGHT ACCOMODATIONS:
    For those who plan to camp nearby the night before, the Kendall Recreation Area just below Wolf Creek Dam offers tent sites, hot showers, electrical hook-ups and drinking water. 
    Please contact Kendall Recreation Area well ahead of time to reserve
    http://www.kentuckytourism.com/places_to_stay/ky_lodging/kendall-recreation-area/2936/

    Address for Kendall Recreation Area and Wolf Creek Dam:
    80 Kendall Rd, Jamestown, KY

    For those who prefer not to camp but who don't want to drive to and from Bowling Green on Saturday, the Lake Cumberland State Resort Park is only fifteen minutes from Wolf Creek Dam. http://parks.ky.gov/parks/resortparks/lake-cumberland/default.aspx 

    Address for Cumberland Lake State Resort Park:
    5465 State Park Road, Jamestown, KY


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


     















     

     





     

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  • Mike

    Any campers at Kendall have room for me and my tent for Saturday night? I was going to book my own site, but they want me to book for Friday also.

    1 · July 10, 2013

    • Chuck C.

      LOOKS LIKE CAMPING IS OUT MIKE

      July 12, 2013

    • Maryellen S.

      No, camping not out! Several still going and Mike, have room for your tent on my site #17. Join us! We'll have a great time!

      July 12, 2013

  • Maryellen S.

    Ok, I was still going to camp and do lake paddling knowing full well (for about a week now) that the river would not be a good option...anyone else still planning on camping and want to lake paddle? Uncle Don says he still wants to go...let me know SOON so I can cancel the reservations and only lose $ for one night if everyone else is ditching.

    July 12, 2013

    • Chuck C.

      COUNT ME OUT :(

      July 12, 2013

    • Maryellen S.

      :( Can't handle lake paddling with no current??? LOL Or just want a good night's sleep with no snoring?
      My hubby is coming now and he'll probably fish more than paddle :)

      July 12, 2013

  • Jason S.

    Due to the water conditions I am going to cancel this paddle. Hopefully we can attempt to do it again in the Fall. Look on the Meet up site I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a local paddle posted for this weekend.

    1 · July 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I really appreciate all the work this took. Thanks!

      July 12, 2013

    • Jason S.

      Thanks Mac!

      1 · July 12, 2013

  • Kimber N.

    This will be my first paddle with this group. Looking forward to exploring new waters and meeting more people who like to be out kayaking.

    July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Trip leaders and members don't seem to have a grasp on the hazards of high fast cold water or have the proper rescue skills in the event of a mishap. the voice of experience seems to be repeatedly ignored.

    1 · July 11, 2013

    • John B.

      Jason, if, as you say, you are hearing everyone's opinion loud and clear, why is it that that my relevant posts on safety and sources of river information have been taken down? This reduces the opportunity for lesser experienced paddlers to make a wise decision on their abilities on a long, cold, swiftwater paddle.

      1 · July 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      John, fast, high and cold water with a lack of swift water rescue training is not as important as be able to ward off zombies and Somali pirates. I guess some of us have our priorities wrong.

      2 · July 12, 2013

  • Pat B.

    Thanks to the organizers!

    July 12, 2013

  • Pat B.

    Careful out there'

    July 12, 2013

  • Pat B.

    Thanks to everyone who has posted on this. I have decided to heed John's advice and look for safer water closer to home. 'Let's be

    July 12, 2013

  • John B.

    I hope everyone enjoys their camping trip. It looks like a great weekend for camping. I hope that everyone makes a wise decision before getting on the Cumberland with its high, cold, swiftwater flow. I would hate to have any sort of emergency, injury, or worse happen due to poor judgment or getting in over one's head. As far as I know, their is no one on this trip with swiftwater rescue training or experience. Their are a few with First Aid certificates and Wilderness First Aid Training. Be careful out there!

    My 4-5 posts on river safety and where to get river information have been taken down for unknown reasons.

    I have paddled whitewater and swiftwater for over 50 years and I would not get on the Cumberland River at the current flow of 24,600 cfs, even if I was home in Kentucky.

    1 · July 11, 2013

  • Powell A.

    for those not able to make this trip but wanting to paddle, Drakes Creek from Sadler Ford to Plano Road/County Road 622 should be great this weekend - points NN to LL on the map:
    http://www.trailsrus.com/blueways/info-map.html

    July 10, 2013

    • Tammy Willinger F.

      Tom and I may do drakes creek. 6 miles seems a better trip for me.

      July 11, 2013

    • Powell A.

      do the 12 I mentioned above. you'll do 6 miles in 1.5 hours easy right now

      July 11, 2013

  • J P Morgan S.

    I'm still undecided, have no reservations about my ability to navigate in swift water, I've done it before in a 4 - 5 kn current. If I don't cancill out tomorrow, I thiok I will show up and make a decision at the put in.

    July 11, 2013

  • Tangie S.

    So not happy I'm missing this one!! Ya'll have a great time. I'm going to try and find some paddlers on Sunday at Drakes. Miss my ducks and pirates!

    July 11, 2013

  • Maria C. S.

    For our after-paddle meal, the Lake Cumberland State Resort Park restaurant might be a good option. http://parks.ky.gov/parks/resortparks/lake-cumberland/default.aspx
    They have a great buffet dinner and it's only fifteen minutes from Wolf Creek Dam. Jason and I have been there several times. As mentioned above, Lake Cumberland State Resort Park is also a good lodging option for those who would prefer not to camp at Kendall Park, but who don't want to drive to and from Bowling Green on Saturday.

    July 8, 2013

    • Maryellen S.

      OMG, Powell...don't let what is good enough for Wally World be the criteria! Have you seen the pics?!?!?!?! LOL

      1 · July 10, 2013

    • Tangie S.

      Clearly we are going to need an intervention Maryellen on Bubba!!! We do have a family reputation at stake. Now, what the reputation is........

      2 · July 11, 2013

  • Mike M.

    You guys please be careful. Precaution is the better part of valor in this case. Enjoy the trip for those of you who take the plunge.

    July 11, 2013

  • Jason S.

    If you have been monitoring this paddles info you are aware that Corp is planning on releasing a 24,000 cfs at Wolf Creek Dam on Saturday. This is a lot of discharge, however I don’t think that it will be any more dangerous that the Barren Release Paddles we did in the Spring. The Cumberland is a much wider river and deeper river than the Barren. However, you do need to have the ability to steer your boat QUICKLY, and paddle upstream in fast moving water. This will not the lazy paddle originally advertised. I spoke with Powell this morning he and other experienced paddlers will be camping at Kendall regardless if we paddle as a group or not. He is going to relay me water conditions Friday night. Maria and I will make a determination whether is this paddle will be offered or not Friday night. My guess from what I am being told about the river at this time we will be a go however until I get info about the put in take out its still up in the air.

    1 · July 11, 2013

    • Jason S.

      You all should also be aware that this paddle will take much less time than originally forecasted. My guess would be 3ish hours on the water. I have heard from many of you that you plan on going to the lake after to paddle, or going to eat afterward, or whatever. YOU SHOULD ENSURE IF YOU CARPOOL WITH SOMEONE THAT THEY HAVE THE SAME AFTER PADDLE ADGENDA AS YOU!!!!! You MUST wear your PFD for this paddle.

      July 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Jason, I will watch for your Friday evening update on whether or not the water levels will be too high to paddle safely. Thanks for looking out for our safety!

      1 · July 11, 2013

  • John B.

    Wolf Creek Dam is discharging at 23,600 cfs all day today.

    July 10, 2013

    • Powell A.

      Yes, the Ducks are still going and will paddle the river. (or maybe just sit back and enjoy the ride! :) ) I'll give jason a report mid afternoon when we arrive. steve, just hit them with a water blaster for the same effect. I think we should all be dressed due to sunburn, but i'd rather shiver a couple of minutes if i have to (which i highly doubt) than die from heat stroke while covering my body in neoprene. also, i'll be in my tarpon 160 (and jason will be in uncle don's). it handles current well, and it does not sink when flipped (although i've yet to flip the beast) leave those scupper plugs out. p.s. the Bad Boys will be well armed! you have been warned! aaargh!

      July 11, 2013

    • Joe M.

      High flow or not, I want to paddle!

      July 11, 2013

  • Pat B.

    Any guess how long this paddle will tske? Since nowhe

    July 11, 2013

    • Jason S.

      With the drive I would expect to be on the trip all day. Time on the water 4-5 hours? Maybe. Maybe more Maybe a lot less.

      July 11, 2013

    • Powell A.

      maybe 3+ on the water with current current

      July 11, 2013

  • matt w.

    Ok, for the second maybe third time in a row I am going to have to back out on this trip. My anniversary is the tenth and my better half is expecting major entertainment and family activity. Soooo, long story short, I am a no go.

    1 · July 10, 2013

    • Jason S.

      Happy wife = Happy life and that means you dont have to worry about her stabbing you while you sleep.

      2 · July 10, 2013

    • Maryellen S.

      Or something worse. Sorry you can't make it!

      July 11, 2013

  • John B.

    http://www.tva.gov/lakes/wch_r.htm

    Check the website late Friday night and they may have Sat.'s expected flow.

    They need to get the lake level down to 705' to protect the dam repairs. They will probably be releasing at this rate until they are close to 705'.

    July 10, 2013

  • John B.

    Wolf Creek Dam discharge was quite low during the day. Around 4:00 pm it increased to 7,000 cfs and at 5:00 - 8:00 PM 15,000 cfs. Looks good for a nice paddle on Saturday.

    July 7, 2013

    • Maryellen S.

      Thanks, John....looking forward to it! :)

      July 8, 2013

    • Powell A.

      looks like 23,600 or so until they get some rainfall out of the lake. may have to darg anchor to slow down! or pull somebody in my river float tube behind me?

      2 · July 10, 2013

  • Joe M.

    I wonder if people are noticing just how nice a day we are expecting for this paddle Saturday. 88 and sunny!

    July 9, 2013

  • Powell A.

    Several of us are camping at the Wolf Creek Campground. We had a blast last year.

    1 · May 8, 2013

    • warren

      Maryellen, I'll be bringing my trailer....its like 6' wide and 12' long...think it will fit?

      July 8, 2013

    • Maryellen S.

      Not sure...already have 2 vehicles and 2 tents, but we can sure try. Worse case scenario, you would have to park your trailer and towing vehicle in the nearby parking lot after unloading. Be sure and bring a hitch lock. You are welcome to pitch your tent on our site...should be room for that. :)\

      July 9, 2013

  • Powell A.

    our original ~50 signed up is now down to 30, and the weather is going to be great! their loss!

    1 · July 8, 2013

    • Chuck C.

      Maybe Jason should talk more about show dogs and less about zombies

      1 · July 9, 2013

    • Jason S.

      If they can't handle my discussion on the topic of Zombies a topic I put very little energy into. They really can't handle my passion for dog shows!!!!! Don’t even get me started on dog breeds such as Cao da Serra De Aires, Lagotto Romagnolo, Kooikerhondje, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Owczarek Podhalanski, and many many other breeds no one has heard of. Viva La Great Dane!!!

      1 · July 9, 2013

  • Mary

    Friday
    Partly cloudy. High of 79F. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
    Friday Night
    Clear. Low of 63F. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
    Saturday
    Partly cloudy. High of 82F. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
    Saturday Night
    Clear. Low of 63F. Winds less than 5 mph.

    4 · July 7, 2013

    • Mary

      Doesn't get much better for this time of year.

      1 · July 7, 2013

    • Powell A.

      and Sunday, high 83, winds SE to 5mph. great weather! WooHoo! :))

      1 · July 8, 2013

  • Tammy Willinger F.

    This is a real maybe for us. Blow up Kayaks on slow water... Hmmm,

    1 · June 23, 2013

    • Tammy Willinger F.

      I'm out of town so no I haven't. I may try when I get back.

      July 2, 2013

    • matt w.

      I have two 11 foot boats you can rent

      July 7, 2013

  • Steve S.

    Has anyone decided to use the shorter put in point?

    July 1, 2013

    • Steve S.

      Jason I am so lazy that a 1/2 mile paddle job is a lot... But I am looking forward to trying this trip to see how it goes. I do believe we all will have a blast as long as Maria doesn't push us too awful hard... LOL

      July 2, 2013

    • Powell A.

      oh, so maybe I need to fish, too, so I will slow down the 160!

      July 3, 2013

  • Mike M.

    Time to call in the dogs and piss on the fire, regarding this paddle. I wish everyone a very happy 4th of July. Be safe.

    July 1, 2013

  • Kevin N.

    Would like to join you all but something has come up. Amy and I are going to be out of town.

    July 1, 2013

  • tom l.

    16 miles likely would wear me out given my history of shoulder problems, so when in doubt, don't. No complaining here.

    July 1, 2013

  • J P Morgan S.

    Just wish it asn't so far, but if the current is strong, around 3 to 4 knots per hour would have no quams. I may baack out if it is paddling all the way.

    July 1, 2013

  • Joe M.

    I've been training for weeks standing up and paddling! I feel like the 16 mile trip standing up is going to bring out the beast! Bring it!!!!!

    1 · June 22, 2013

    • Joe M.

      I paddled Romanza Johnsomn to 231 today. I feel like its going to be a breeze! I'm pumped about the 16 miles! SUP up!

      June 29, 2013

    • Powell A.

      we did plano rd to phil moore yesterday. good fun water level

      June 30, 2013

  • Travis V.

    My brother and I will be fishing this section of the Cumberland below the dam tomorrow. Is there a real concern for getting off of the river before they release more water for electric production? It seems like they typically increase production around 1pm in the afternoon daily. We are both pretty experienced kayakers, but the website makes you think that Noah's Ark wouldn't survive the dam release. LOL. I can understand if you were 100 feet from the dam when they released the water, but if you are a couple miles or more away from the dam is there any true danger. I would appreciate any comments today. Thanks!

    June 29, 2013

    • Katherine F

      Travis I have fished this river on the bank and in a boat from 0-4 generators. I would say that 1 or 2 is fine in a kayak. One time at 4 generators our boat motor failed near Winfrey's Ferry and it was not fun. I know that you have a shuttle planned do you should be fine. Just remember that whenththat

      June 29, 2013

    • Katherine F

      When they are generating the water temp is 45 and if you swim you are in BIG trouble.

      June 29, 2013

  • matt w.

    Just a few quick questions for Jason and Maria :1. Do you have GPS coordinates and satellite imagery of the put in ? 2. How will we get back to our cars ? 3. Can I bring 14 of my closest friends ? 4. Will there be anywhere on the river I can order pizza ? 5. If we are attacked by Somalie pirates, what is our plan of attack ? Ha ha, just kidding except for the pirate thing ! I heard they are really aggressive in Tn.

    4 · June 9, 2013

    • Jane

      LOL!

      June 25, 2013

    • tom l.

      I laugh at Somali pirates! I was a chairborne ranger during the Vietnam War and am lethal with paper cuts.

      June 29, 2013

  • Mike M.

    John why don't you do the short trip in late Sep or early Oct when the leaves begin to change? Just a suggestion.

    June 28, 2013

  • Mike M.

    Too long for me.

    June 28, 2013

  • Vickie B.

    Ok got a new 9.5 ft and may need to reconsider paddling this many miles.

    June 28, 2013

  • Laurie B.

    I am going away the week before and after, so I better stay home and pay attention to husband and animals. Have a wonderful time.

    June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to do this paddle, but there is no way that I am going to try 16 miles in my little 10 ft boat. I guess you could say this is another incentive to get off my wallet and buy the sit on top I've been thinking about.

    June 28, 2013

  • Jerry H.

    Patsy and I won't be able to make this paddle. It sounds like we'll be missing a good one. We have reservations at Barren River Lake to go camping, for a couple of weeks with the grandkids. PRIORITIES. Hope to get to meet everyone on upcoming paddles. WARNING TO THE NEW PEOPLE ! John Beaver has been known to shoot UNARMED NEWBIES with his water cannon. Come armed and ready. HAVE FUN ALL, see everyone, I hope , at Nolin at the next paddle.

    June 26, 2013

  • Maria C. S.

    Okay, guys, I've made a few adjustments. After some logistical discussions, Jason and I felt that those who are not meeting in BG should meet us at the put-in, wolf creek dam, instead of the take-out. So, I've adjusted that in our description. Whew! This is going to be a big one. We need to be organized.

    June 24, 2013

    • Powell A.

      Several of us are camping all weekend. We'll plan to drop off a truck and trailer at the take-out and be back at the put in for launch.

      June 25, 2013

  • Laurie B.

    I'm signed up, but I'm a maybe because I'm signed up for ww rescue class that weekend, so would you rather I take myself off? I signed up just in case it's (rescue class) cancelled due to bad weather or something. Let me know.

    June 19, 2013

    • Laurie B.

      Okay, thank you, Maria.

      June 19, 2013

    • Maria C. S.

      You are welcome!

      June 22, 2013

  • Joe M.

    16 miles? I laugh at the 16 miles! I'll stand up and paddle board it......maybe ;)

    4 · June 3, 2013

    • Jason S.

      Joe, Don't be scared to add a little Danger Zone.... Goose! http://www.youtube.co...­ But if you really training this is the ticket!!!! http://www.youtube.co...­

      June 21, 2013

    • Jason S.

      and if you want to go to the NEXT LEVEL...... http://www.youtube.co...­

      June 21, 2013

  • Katherine F

    Would love to do this trip with lots of friends but I will be at Dale Hollow, working hard to achieve my next level of
    Reiki certification.

    3 · June 18, 2013

  • Bob b.

    Have to work

    June 11, 2013

  • matt w.

    Seal team six and Batman are busy that weekend but the team is coming together. Warren, Mike and myself will form the core as well as my mixed-breed Shnauzer,"Emma". Combined with the cast of Duck Dynasty, Joe M. Will provide recon and sniper cover. More to follow pending whether Or not I can find what I did with the e-mail address of Chuck Norris.

    June 9, 2013

    • Jason S.

      Looks like the cast is coming together nicely! I knew Batman would be a stretch he has been so busy as of late. You may look for someone with the force. “These are not the kayaks you’re looking for” and knowing someone who can handle a light saber would be pretty awesome!!! I’ve always felt closer to the dark side myself but when facing Somali pirates any port in a storm. I think Dewayne knows some of the Skywalker clan. You don’t need a phone number or email address for Chuck Norris for one I’m pretty sure he’s Kevin’s cousin and according to legend all you have to do is say Chuck Norris in the bathroom mirror three times, turn off the light and Chuck Norris will appear.

      June 9, 2013

  • sherrie

    Is this total flat water or is there some current?

    June 2, 2013

    • Maria C. S.

      It's pretty flat. Thus the warning about the sixteen miles. It can be a REALLY LONG sixteen miles if you weren't aware.

      June 2, 2013

    • Jason S.

      The Cumberland has a current. However, last year when we did this trip there was a head wind that was stronger than the rivers current. It is not like doing 16 miles on a lake.

      June 2, 2013

  • dan b.

    Kendall Campground right below the dam. The ramp is right there in the campground.

    May 11, 2013

  • dan b.

    This is a great trip! Two things....according to the KyDF&W Blue Water Trails map this is 16 miles, and the Corps of Engineers has proposed closing the ramp below the dam. Everyone is opposing that but we will need to monitor the situation.

    March 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Daniel, I'll adjust the miles.

      March 3, 2013

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