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. Attached to this page is a map and description of routes so you can plan your trip. The below list shows all open paddling access points, from north to south (downstream):

  • North Beckley Paddling Access (500 Beckley Creek Parkway in Beckley Creek Park)
  • Creekside Paddling Access (1440 Beckley Creek Parkway in Beckley Creek Park)
  • Fisherville Paddling Access (14520 Old Taylorsville Rd in Pope Lick Park)
  • Cane Run Paddling Access (6500 Echo Trail in The Strand)

Canoe, Kayak, & Paddleboard Rentals

21st Century Parks is excited to partner with Green Earth Outdoors to provide canoe, kayak, and paddleboard rentals beginning May 3, 2014. Reservations are being taken as of April 9, 2014. Parklands Members receive 15% off paddling services. If you have not received your member promo code, please contact adowd@21cparks.org.

The Green Earth Outdoors livery service operates from either the North Beckley Paddling Access in Beckley Creek Park or the Fisherville Paddling Access in Pope Lick Park. On most days, three different day trips are offered (ranging from 2 miles to 10) with shuttle service included. Day trips vary from one to seven hours depending on the length of the trip and water levels. Rentals are also available by the hour for paddlers seeking a leisurely float in slow water pools in Floyds Fork or in William F. Miles Lakes. Most floats are self-guided but visitors may elect to add an instructor to their float for a guided paddle. Float prices range from about $24-$71 depending on the craft and the length of the trip. For paddlers who bring their own craft, a shuttle service will also be offered (for a small fee) on regular days of operation.

Rentals are currently available on Thursday-Sundays to the end of October (subject to change based on demand). Hours of operation are generally 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. Check the Green Earth Outdoors Facebook page for updates regarding cancellations and revised hours. Due to water level fluctuation and other special circumstances, days & times of service vary. We STRONGLY RECOMMEND online reservations. Floats are also available for school groups and corporate outings in conjunction with Parklands programming. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions

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When to Float

Floyds Fork is generally more fun to paddle when the Fisherville gauge shows that the water is flowing more than 35 cfs (cubic feet per second). Water levels on Floyds Fork change frequently so please check the USGS water table data before going out. The level is populated at the top of our web page as well as at the link below. 

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 click the PDF link below for more recommendations for a safe paddling experience. Paddling the Fork at 50 cfs is much more relaxed than paddling the Fork at 1,000+ cfs.

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:

0 - 14 cfs: Water levels are usually too low for enjoyable paddling. With cfs levels 0-14 you will experience more of a creek walk than paddle. 

15 - 499 cfs: Perfect for beginner and experienced paddlers, you will be able to paddle without having to drag your boat for long lengths of time. 

500 - 2,000 cfs: Intermediate to advanced paddlers will enjoy these water levels, but should be cautious over 1000 cfs. 

>2,000 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. 

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.

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