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Join experienced Elkhorn Paddlers as we navigate approx. 11 miles of a Central KY treasure at the peak of paddling season. NO Experience necessary. You will need to provide your own boat and gear (buy, borrow, rent). Those signing up will receive updates on meet time and water/weather conditions as the trip gets closer. NOTE: the published start time of 7am is just a place holder - weather conditions and participant count will determine the actual meet time which will be sent to participants the week prior to the paddle.
We will be continuing some precautions to keep our participants safe (bring a mask, social distancing, no food sharing, etc,) Please be sure you can make this trip before signing up; actual start time will be set closer to the trip and provided to those participating during the week of the paddle event. Also note that we have started using a private take-out on the creek so there will be a charge to park there.
If you will be renting from CanoeKY, PLEASE let me know so I can provide you necessary information for your rental.
Levisa Fork Paddlefest will take place this year (2022) on May 28, June 25, July 23, August 27 and September 24.
Your journey begins in the River Park located down the hill behind Billy Ray’s Restaurant, 101 N. Front St., in downtown Prestonsburg to drop-off watercrafts. You’ll then register at Combs Airport (381 Airport Drive), where shuttles will transport you to the starting line. Free parking is available to participants.
Registration is $15, and not only includes a tasty lunch after your river trek but also a convenient shuttle service from your vehicle to the starting line. To register, call (606)[masked] or arrive on-site at 8:00 a.m. to sign up. Launch time is 8:30 a.m. The 8-mile trip usually takes anywhere from 2.5 to 3.5 hours, depending on how fast the river flows that day.
You can bring your own kayak or canoe, or rent everything you need from local outfitters Pro-Fitness or Jenny Wiley State Resort & Park Marina for $35. Pro-Fitness will deliver rental equipment directly to the river launch location, which includes your watercraft, paddle, and life jacket. Make a reservation at least a week to 10 days ahead of time to ensure you have the necessary equipment reserved.
I will be camping or staying at Jenny Wiley Resort for a weekend of biking and kayaking. Contact me at[masked] if you have any questions.