Canoe 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. There are three open stretches of the Fork with public paddling access at this time. The first two are located in Beckley Creek Park about an hour’s paddle apart (at 50-100 cfs). The second is in Pope Lick Park.

Fisherville Paddling Access, located in Pope Lick Park (14520 Old Taylorsville Road), is about six miles downstream from Beckley Creek Park (or about 4 hours at 50-100 cfs). This access point has its own parking lot, but you have to carry your boat a bit along a paved path to the put-in. This is a take-out point for many paddling from Beckley Creek Park, but you may also put-in at the Fisherville Access and paddle another 2.5 hours to the Cane Run Paddling Access (6500 Echo Trail), a primitive take-out in The Strand off Echo Trail. This stretch of Floyds Fork is often deeper than the others and is a secluded float where you will likely see herons and deer along the way. This area offers great fishing, but please practice catch and release.

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

Click here for a map of paddling routes within The Parklands.


Blue Moon Canoe & Kayak of Kentucky offers canoe, kayak and paddleboard rentals, giving Parklands visitors an opportunity to see even more of the trails and areas that comprise the nearly 4,000 acres of our park system. Rentals available, weather permitting, April-October. Beginning April 1, 2017, rentals will be offered out of the John Floyd Community Building in Pope Lick Park, 4002 South Pope Lick Road. For more information on prices, hours and availability, please contact Blue Moon at 502-753-9942 or

Blue Moon Rental Price List

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

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Parklands Members receive a 10% discount off kayak and canoe rentals. Learn more about becoming a Parklands member here.

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