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Little South Fork of the Cumberland River

  • Fairview Plaza Shopping Center

    1005 Fairview Ave, Bowling Green, KY (map)

    36.990734 -86.427765

  • Look for cars and trucks with boats.
  • This is one of our most popular trips!

    Click HERE for directions to the put-in.

    The Little South Fork is a State Wild River from Hwy 92 to Freedom ford (10.4 miles) with clear blue water from the limestone. There is an excellent lunch spot with space for lots of boats across from two white sulphur waterfalls. The mid April date is needed due to water levels and favorable weather.  Due to limited parking - carpooling is encouraged.

    Meet at the Hwy. 92 bridge approximately 12 miles SE of Monticello, 10:00 am CENTRAL, approx. 10 mile trip, Class I at beginning then Class II for second half. The last rapid is the trickiest, but the cars are only ¼ mile away.

    Click HERE to see the shuttle route and get driving directions.

    This paddle has a class II portion and is only for paddlers who would be comfortable in a class II.

    From Sehlinger's book:

    Little South Fork

    The Little South Fork of the Cumberland River is a Kentucky Wild River. Little used by paddlers due to its seasonal nature and its remoteness, it is nevertheless one of the most beautiful and pristine of Kentucky's rivers.
    Draining the eastern portion of Wayne County and the western portion of McCreary County before emptying into the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River, the Little South Fork runs cool and clear over a rock and mud bottom through steep, wooded hills. Runnable from November through mid May downstream from Parmleysville, the stream is primarily Class I with some small shoals and rapids that approach Class II. The river is 30 feet wide in the upstream sections and does not broaden beyond 60 feet as it flows toward its mouth Access is difficult from all but one or two bridges, and shuttles are long, particularly for sections south of KY 92. Exposed rock and a variety of hardwoods grace the usually steep riverbank along with the common proliferation of willow upstream of KY 92. Downstream of KY 92, near Freedom Chapel, the stream enters a massive and beautiful vertical rock wall gorge.
    Above all, the Little South Fork is amazingly pristine and rugged. Dangers to navigation include deadfalls and flash flood potential.

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  • Chris O.

    Pete & I are planning on camping rain or shine, & paddling rain or shine as well (unless you cancel John)- we're gonna get wet in the water no matter what! Rock on w/that no-rain dance tho! Mike, if you're still doing the grilled cheese afterwards, we have chips to contribute!

    April 26, 2013

    • Powell A.

      Erika, Dick, Don, and Duane plan on doing the same.

      April 26, 2013

  • John B.

    CANCELLED - I hate to do this as we haven't been on the LSF for two years.

    Radar shows the storm is at I-24 in KY. It extends from there to eastern Kansas and from St. Louis south to Little Rock. It is traveling due East.

    A really wet weekend ahead, but the rivers will be full for next weekend.

    1 · April 26, 2013

    • Joe M.

      doh!!!!

      April 26, 2013

    • Powell A.

      Thanks for all the work, John. Maybe later this year. Never getting rained out last year was fortunate, but not getting any rain was not.

      April 26, 2013

  • Maryellen S.

    Breaks my heart to say "no" to this one; too much driving time, iffy weather, & short paddle to make it worth the drive, plus, I really need a day at home & have a BIG day on Sunday at church! Brave hearts, I applaud you!

    April 26, 2013

  • Jason S.

    70-90% chance of rain and 60 degrees. Hopefully some of us can do this one later on. Hate to miss it.

    1 · April 26, 2013

  • Mike

    PS- I'll be hosting after paddle grilled cheese sandwiches at the campsite after the paddle

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • Mike

    I'll be at site 22 at the Blue Heron Campground.
    Need to test my tent to see if it leaks.

    2 · April 25, 2013

    • Tangie S.

      I am a fair weather camper and prefer to not know if mine leaks!

      April 25, 2013

    • Maryellen S.

      I've already tested mine, it doesn't, so I'm good! :)

      April 26, 2013

  • Maria C. S.

    90% rain and 60 degrees. We're out. Hate that! Maybe some of us can do it another weekend.

    1 · April 26, 2013

  • John B.

    Thurs. Weather Check for Monticellom, KY on Sat.:
    WBKO = 70%
    Accuweather = 84%
    Intellicast = 70%
    NOAA = 80%
    Weather.com = 70%
    Weather Underground = 60%

    April 25, 2013

    • Pat

      Not good ...

      April 26, 2013

  • Mark M

    Hate to bail on this one but weather is too iffy for the travel distance and don't want to keep someone else from a spot. Catch y'all next time.

    April 25, 2013

  • Pat B.

    Since I have such a long drive from Louisville, it would be great if I could move to the earlier group.

    April 23, 2013

    • John B.

      That shouldn't be a problem. Leave your RSVP as is since the first trip is full, but meet us at the put-in at 10:00 AM CENTRAL. I am hoping the weather forecast will improve.

      April 23, 2013

    • Pat B.

      Thanks, John. Let's all do a no-rain dance!

      April 25, 2013

  • John B.

    Weds. Weather Check for Monticellom, KY on Sat.:
    WBKO = 64 Degrees, 50%
    Accuweather = 64 and couple of showers, 15% T-storms late
    Intellicast = 60 and 40%
    NOAA = 64 and 60%
    Weather.com = 60 and 30%
    Weather Underground = 66 and 60%

    I don't pay much attention to forecasts of 40% and below.

    I usually go to the put-in no matter what and make my decision there.

    If I decide to cancel I will post the information on Friday evening.

    It is only Weds, so there is hope of the forecast changing. There is a storm on radar northwest of us in Iowa and further north. Don't know which way it is moving.

    1 · April 24, 2013

  • Jeff E.

    Sorry I didnt mean to be holding a spot on the waiting list, I got a confirmation email, I didnt want someone missing out because of me. Maybe I can finally meet for one of these this year though. Again sorry for the mix up.

    April 25, 2013

  • Elizabeth D.

    I'm cancelling out, since they are predicting rain for most of the day on Saturday. I'm not sure if I will make it for May 4th. either, depends on weather. Lilly

    April 24, 2013

  • Mark M

    Hi guys/ladies,I got lucky and got a spot in the second launch of this trip. Was just wondering if anyone had space in their campsite at Blue Heron for a guy to hang a hammock.Be glad to kick in for fees. Weather permitting I would like to come down Fri and do some hiking.

    April 23, 2013

    • Mary

      I believe I'll have room for an extra.

      April 23, 2013

    • Mark M

      Thx Mary.

      April 24, 2013

  • Joe M.

    I'll be at fairview plaza at 7:00. I can take two people and two kayaks. If you want to jump on board the Micheletti love wagon, just let me know! Ha!

    3 · April 18, 2013

    • John B.

      Your wife will appreciate that!

      1 · April 19, 2013

    • Joe M.

      Tangie, you have the exact same truck I do. Maybe we could name yours something :)

      April 22, 2013

  • Joe H.

    I got in the second group so I will take my name of the waiting list for this group.

    April 22, 2013

  • John B.

    I am going to the Little South Fork tomorrow (Tues.) to talk with Elaine and arrange for additional parking near the put-in.
    I can carry up to 7 boats with my trailer and roof racks. We all need to consolidate boats, cars, gear, etc. and carpool from BG to LSF.

    April 15, 2013

    • John B.

      The campers will consolidate boats and gear at the campground. The campground is closer to the put in than Fairview.

      April 21, 2013

    • Powell A.

      Yes, we will leave from the campground. With just two trucks and one trailer we can move all the campers and their boats. It's about 12 miles, 25 minutes. Need to allow more time due to curvy roads and pulling a trailer. We're probably going to the local restaurant for breakfast Saturday morning.

      1 · April 22, 2013

  • John B.

    Please do not attempt to go to the take-out. We will carpool the shuttle as there is extremely limited parking at the take-out.

    April 21, 2013

  • John B.

    From the put-in at Hwy 92 & Loop Worley Road take Hwy 92 east 5.4 miles. There will be a historic marker on the right. I have put double strands of pink ribbon on the BSFNRRA sign and on the Jones Hollow Road sign. Turn left. Follow the main paved road for 5.4 miles (there are no turns to be taken on this road). You will be at the beginning of the improved gravel road where there is an ATV Trail sign with pink ribbons. It looks like you are in the middle of a farm. Follow the improved gravel road. It will cross a small creekbed and go uphill to an intersection.

    April 19, 2013

    • Pat

      Thanks ...

      April 21, 2013

  • Mark M

    Hello to my BG paddling friends. Got on the waiting list for this but see there is a second flight scheduled that also seems to be full but I'm a little confused (not an unusual state for me) about RSVPs being closed until the 25th for the second trip. Anywho, would love to come down and join y'all. Will monitor the site for further info.

    April 20, 2013

    • John B.

      Michael, I fixed the problem with the RSVP. You may now sign up for the waiting list. If a vacancy comes open, you will automatically be selected, once you are on the waiting list.

      April 20, 2013

  • Michael D.

    How safe would this trip be for an experienced 7# poodle? She has done an occasional class II rapid with me. I will defer to the judgement of those more experienced on this river...

    April 19, 2013

    • John B.

      Depending on water levels, which I expect to be up but not out of the banks, she should be OK. If the water is up to the banks, then most rappids are washed out except for lots of wave trains. At lower levels a few of the rapids require technical maneuvering and all can be portaged.

      April 20, 2013

  • John B.

    2ND HALF OF ROUTE INSTRUCTIONS: I have painted orange left turn arrows on the gravel road, marked a couple of trees with orange paint and a little further down more pink ribbon. When the dirt road bends to the right take the side road to the river. It looks like you will be dropping off the earth and the turn is marked with more pink ribbon. CAUTION: This last road is rough with limited turn around space. I tore a rear mudgard off my Honda CRV while backing and turning around.

    April 19, 2013

  • John B.

    I have marked the route from the put-in to the take-out with double strands of pink surveyors tape. Also, on the gravel road I have marked the turn with orange pavement markings.

    April 19, 2013

  • John B.

    Both the put-in and take-out have become worse. The put-in due to floods. We will be able to drive through the gate down to the bridge, but not under the bridge. We can park below the gate and at the next house up the road on the right. At the take-out, the road has been 'improved' to prevent erosion, however, there are some large rocks that need to be moved or towed out of place. Parking is more limited than previously due to these rocks in the 'road', i.e. streambed.

    April 19, 2013

  • Mike

    Michael & I will be heading out Friday and camping.
    I will meet Joe Micheletti and the other 11am trip participants at the put in.

    April 19, 2013

  • John B.

    All times are CENTRAL time.

    April 19, 2013

  • Elizabeth D.

    I thought I had signed up forr this already? I might be bringing a quesr?

    April 19, 2013

  • John B.

    I visited Little South Fork today. I have arranged for parking at the put-in and at the next house up the road on the right. We still need to consolidate boats, gear and vehicles in Bowling Green.

    April 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be driving to LSF from Gallatin, TN. I can carry an additional 2 kayaks and paddlers. If anyone needs a lift let me know. This will be my first trip with Bowling Green C & K. Really looking forward to this paddle!

    April 17, 2013

  • John B.

    I like the idea of meeting at Fairview to consolidate everything. I would say 7:00 AM so that we can be on the road at 7:30. That will get us to the river by 10AM.

    April 16, 2013

  • Joe M.

    Should everyone meetup at Fairview Plaza early that morning to do so before we go?

    April 16, 2013

  • Joe M.

    Ok, we talked about this during the last paddle, but what about the shuttle situation? I'm not talking about the trip to Little south fork, I'm talking about the put in and get out spots. Is there a plan or are we talking a cluster?

    1 · April 10, 2013

    • Ann

      I think it might be a cluster too. The parking is already limited so when the second group gets there where is everyone going to park. If someone wants to do it another week let me know.

      April 14, 2013

    • Powell A.

      I've never been there, but I can tell you that we have one truck/trailer that will be taking 10 boats there for the first paddle. That is half of the group in one vehicle / trailer which should help the parking. My experience is that parking is often filled in due to one boat/one person per vehicle situations. Combine as much as possible and that improves dramatically.

      April 15, 2013

  • Dick W.

    Thanks John for making the second group.

    1 · March 29, 2013

  • John B.

    I've set up a separate trip at 11:00 AM and added the folks on the waiting list to it. Please change your RSVP if not able to attend.

    2 · March 29, 2013

  • John B.

    Folks, I've sent an email to Mary Lohr to see if there is a way to set up a separate trip for the waiting list. She knows a lot more about how this site works than I do. Hang in there. I have a sweep volunteer but will need a leader also. I think I am the only one in the group who has done the upper section of the river.

    2 · March 27, 2013

  • Powell A.

    OK, so a few of us have now booked 3 campsites at Blue Heron. Hope someone knows somethng about BSF and wasnt to paddle it Sunday.
    Quack!

    2 · March 25, 2013

    • Chris O.

      yeah, Maryellen, you owe P & I one still, just saying....

      March 27, 2013

    • Mary

      ... oh ....

      March 27, 2013

  • tom l.

    Lauralyn, Let me know for sure if you're coming for any paddles, Soon! My wife wants to know when I'm going to break up with my girl friend!

    March 25, 2013

    • Lauralyn

      Tom, you heartless thing, are you dumping me right here, in front of everyone?? And right after invoking the little-known 30th Amendment (the right to paddle), too! :) Yes, so far, I'm signed up for this paddle and 300 Springs with BG - IF I make it past the Deliverance guys...and the Nazis...and the bomb and (even worse) the ACLU...and the Walkers and Merle and the Governor (well, maybe not so much Merle, any more)....

      2 · March 25, 2013

    • Powell A.

      The Drakes Creek Crazies are only here to protect your liberties! :)

      3 · March 27, 2013

  • Laurie B.

    Still waiting, and I'm getting the sinking feeling were already sunk.

    March 26, 2013

  • Dick W.

    I keep reading all the post about this paddle in hopes I might get a spot, I am on the waiting list. This paddle looks like it will be fun I just wished I had signed up in time to get a slot. It is beginning to look like something may open up for a second group, which I hope is pulled from the waiting list to paddle the same day and place with a different starting time. I have waited over 63 and have not been on this river and I think it is time. With that in mind I am planning to drive up Friday to camp (maybe Blue Heron Campground) and leave Sunday. If things don't work out for a Saturday paddle maybe some of you are going to paddle Sunday and I can tag along.

    March 25, 2013

    • John B.

      Life is Changing. Blue Heron will be open. Recreation.gov is taking reservations.

      March 26, 2013

    • Joe M.

      We appreciate the extra effort of trying to get everyone who wants to attend a chance John.

      March 26, 2013

  • matt w.

    OK guys , got an e-mail out to Sheltowee outfitters and waiting for a response. Keep your fingers crossed !

    1 · March 25, 2013

  • Joe M.

    Hey John I'm going to ask a question that some people might be thinking. With so many on the waiting list, could 2 trips be planned? Maybe start one an hour later after the first? I think I remember you saying, and if my memory serves me right, that the parking is limited at both points. Just curious.....

    1 · March 15, 2013

    • Powell A.

      See what y'all miss when you miss one of my PickUp Paddle invites?!? thanks to my paddlin' pirate pals for defending our country.

      1 · March 25, 2013

    • tom l.

      Coounter sue for interferring with your civil rights to navigate in public waters, right of free assembly, and your right of free speech to enjoy the outdoors, kayaking, and commraderie of friends.

      March 25, 2013

  • Powell A.

    I'm heading the camping trip the weekend before, so planning for this one is not on my mind, unless I plan for my own small group and we do our own thing. I will do whatever needed to help shuttle and/or assist in leading a second group on Saturday, and the same for a Sunday paddle. Somebody plan it. And where shall we camp? Need to book now. Lodge or cabin works, but would rather camp with the critters.

    March 25, 2013

  • Doug F.

    I have to be somewhere else on the weekend of the trip. I hope another trip for the BSF area gets planned. I have wanted to paddle the area since I was a little kid.

    March 24, 2013

  • Mary

    Might anyone be interested in staying on for another day and paddling BSF from Blue Heron to Yamacraw or Alum ford?

    March 7, 2013

    • tom l.

      Cumberland Falls is nice. Good hiking for anyone wantin to diversify.

      March 19, 2013

    • Mary

      PA - sounds interesting. let's talk this weekend

      March 19, 2013

  • Joanne

    If would be wonderful if the Wolf would be up that weekend. I will keep you posted!

    March 13, 2013

  • Linda S.

    Let me know.

    March 13, 2013

  • Catherine P.

    Yes I would like to do that if I get in. How far is the wolf?

    March 13, 2013

  • Lauralyn

    Is it worth a 2.5 hour drive?

    March 6, 2013

    • Maryellen S.

      The first 5 miles or so is flat water...there will be both types of boats attending...I just don't have a WW boat, so mine will be a rec boat. :)

      March 8, 2013

    • Scott

      90% flat water with 2-3 rapids with only 1 a solid class 2.

      March 8, 2013

  • tom l.

    And you pick up your bag and other stuff you left in the back seat of my pick up.

    1 · March 7, 2013

  • Mary

    I missed this one last time. Hoping to catch it back up.

    March 6, 2013

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