Canoeing & Paddling

Paddle along Floyds Fork, the only water trail of its kind in the Louisville area. Paddling access points are provided at various lengths along the Fork. At the bottom of this page you will find a paddling routes map, description of routes, and a full list of paddling recommendations to help you plan your trip.

The below list shows all paddling access points that are located within The Parklands, from north to south (downstream):

When to Float

Floyds Fork is generally more fun to paddle when the nearest gauge shows that the water is flowing at more than 35 cfs (cubic feet per second). Paddling the Fork at 50 cfs is much more relaxed than paddling the Fork at 1,000+ cfs. 

Water levels on Floyds Fork can change quickly and vary depending on your location. Please keep an eye on the weather and check the appropriate USGS water table data before going out. The three USGS gauges providing data for Floyds Fork at The Parklands are listed below.

Pewee Valley Gauge - (North Beckley to Creekside)

Fisherville Gauge - (Creekside to Seaton Valley)

Mt. Washington Gauge - (Seaton Valley to Cliffside)

Canoeing and kayaking can be dangerous. The Parklands of Floyds Fork does not maintain the water trail, so we ask that you please paddle at your own risk. This is a wild stream and not a theme park. Always be aware of your surroundings, weather, and the water levels. Please see the "Downloadable Documents" section at the bottom of this page for tools and more recommendations for a safe paddling experience. 

Click here for the American Whitewater guide to streams and water levels.

Here are a few notes on water levels to help you plan your trip on Floyds Fork:

< 30 cfs: Water levels are usually too low for enjoyable paddling. With cfs levels 0-30 you will experience more of a creek walk than paddle. 

30 - 90 cfs: Barely detectable current in long pools. Boat control is important as floatable water is along banks. All beaches accessible.

90 - 400 cfs: Moving water observed throughout stream. Good for beginner and experienced paddlers, you will be able to paddle without having to drag your boat for long lengths of time. Boat control important as floatable water is along banks. All beaches accessible.

400 - 1,000 cfs: Intermediate to advanced paddlers will enjoy these water levels. River channel full. Some islands submerged. Small waves and riffles in water. Few beaches available for landing. 

1,000+ cfs: Intermediate to advanced paddlers will enjoy these water levels, but should be cautious over 1000 cfs. Possible flood conditions in some areas. Very fast currents, debris in water. It is challenging to access and exit water.

> 3,000 cfs: Paddling is not recommended. Paddling accesses may be closed. 

The Kentucky Division of Water is required by the Clean Water Act to designate the use and set water quality standards to protect and manage streams. The primary use of Floyds Fork as determined by the Division of Water is for “Secondary Contact Recreation” allowing for activities such as fishing, wading and paddling. The Department of Kentucky Fish & Wildlife manages Floyds Fork as a public waterway and fishery and we offer access within The Parklands.  
 
We recommend that park visitors follow guidance issued by the Kentucky Division of Water through the Department of Environmental Protection for contact with Floyds Fork and other peer streams in Kentucky, be it the Green River or Elkhorn Creek. Click here to read advisories from the Division of Water. 
 

Rentals

Blue Moon Canoe & Kayak of Kentucky offers Saturday and Sunday canoe and kayak rentals on Floyds Fork in The Parklands from April through October. Blue Moon offers customers their choice of solo and tandem boats as well as, full and half day prices to accommodate a short float along the Fork, or a day-long excursion. To reserve a boat, contact Blue Moon at (502) 753-9942 or by e-mail at bluemooncanoeky@gmail.com

Blue Moon Website & Pricing Information

Guided tours are available to large groups. Please send an e-mail to bluemooncanoeky@gmail.com to schedule a guided tour.

Parklands Member Discount

Parklands Members receive a 15% discount off kayak and canoe rentals. Learn more about becoming a Parklands member here.


Paddling Access - Beckley Creek Park

When the water level along the Floyds Fork is right, it is a great place for families and individuals to canoe and kayak. Beckley Creek Park has two paddling access points.

Paddling Access - Pope Lick Park

When the water level along the Floyds Fork is right, it is a great place for families and individuals to canoe and kayak. The FishervillePpaddling Access is located in Pope Lick Park.

Paddling Access - The Strand

When the water level along the Floyds Fork is right, it is a great place for families and individuals to canoe and kayak.

Paddling Access - Turkey Run Park

Seaton Valley Paddling Access in Turkey Run Park now open for paddle-sports take-outs.

Paddling Access - Broad Run Park

When the water level along Floyds Fork is right, it is a great place for families and individuals to canoe, kayak and paddleboard.

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