Canoeing & Paddling

Paddle along Floyds Fork, the only water trail of its kind in the Louisville area. There are 7 access points within The Parklands. They are located at various lengths along the Fork. Signs noting mileage and landings are placed along the water trail within The Parklands. When paddling on Floyds Fork, please stick to marked landings. Do not take out on private property.

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.

Paddling Safety

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, water levels and be prepared to self-rescue. New to paddling or The Parklands?

Click here for recommendations for a safe paddling experience and see the "Downloadable Documents" section at the bottom of this page for maps, route descriptions and more. 

Water Levels & Gauges

Floyds Fork is generally more fun to paddle when the nearest gauge shows that the water is flowing at more than 30 cfs (cubic feet per second). The Fork at 50 cfs has a much slower current than 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)

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

< 30 cfs: With cfs levels 0-30 you will experience more of a creek walk than paddle. 

30 - 90 cfs: Slow current. You may have to walk in shallow water. All beaches accessible.

90 - 400 cfs: Moving water observed throughout stream. You will be able to paddle without having to drag your boat for long lengths of time. All beaches accessible.

400 - 1,000 cfs: River channel full. Some islands submerged. Small waves and riffles in water. Few beaches available for landing. Current may be swift, especially around bends.

1,000+ cfs: Very fast currents, debris in water. It is challenging to access and exit water. Possible flood conditions in some areas.

> 2,000 cfs: Paddling accesses may be closed due to flood conditions. 

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


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 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.

Parklands Member Discount

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

Paddling Access Sites

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

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 Floyds Fork is right, it is a great place for families and individuals to canoe and kayak. The Fisherville Paddling Access is located in Pope Lick Park.

Paddling Access - The Strand

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

Special Places - The Strand

Within The Parklands of Floyds Fork, many treasures of the landscape and our natural history lie hidden. Naturalists have chosen over 100 “special places” within the park boundaries that we don’t want you to miss.

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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