The Great Ohio River Odyssey is back again in 2019! Paddlers will have the opportunity to take on three unique courses on waterways (The Ohio River and Harrods Creek) in the Greater Louisville Area: The Westport to Downtown Louisville 22 Mile Race, 7 Mile Captains Quarters to Downtown Open Race, & the Harrods Creek Run 2.5 Mile Run.
The Explore Kentucky Initiative is proud to host the 2019 edition of Western Kentucky Paddling Festival & Battle for the Paddle on Saturday, July 20th! This festival provides a unique opportunity to participate in a Kentucky Waterman Series event which relocates annually around the waterways of Western Kentucky. This intentional shift in race location helps to usher in awareness of our state’s natural resources while also providing an opportunity to showcase watersports through outdoor recreation. So with this in mind, bring your stand up paddleboards, canoe’s, kayak’s, prone boards and prepare to set sail from the glassy shores of Lighthouse Landing in Grand Rivers into the expansive waters of Kentucky Lake! Whether you’re in search of a day of leisurely paddling on the lake with friends and fellow paddlers or determined to test your racing mettle, come join our community of water enthusiasts for a day of fun and festivities.
We are offering a range of events this year! For those simply in search of a shorter paddle or delving into racing for the first time, there will be the 2 mile Little Grand Fun Race to participate in. Think of it as the 5K of paddling! For the moderate distance seekers, we have the 6 mile Kenlake Dash. Finally, for those who are on a quest for the ultimate challenge, we suggest the Kentucky Lake 12 mile Challenge. The overall top female and male finisher of the challenge will forever enshrined by having their name engraved on our traveling WKY Battle for the Paddle which will be displayed prominently in the Grand Rivers community from 2019- 2020.
HOST: The Explore Kentucky Initiative
BOTTOM OUT RISK: NO
BODY OF WATER: Kentucky Lake
Blazing Paddles is a paddlesports race and float that's an on-the water celebration of how the Cuyahoga River has risen like a phoenix from its ecological low-point, 50 years to the day since the June 22, 1969 fire.
HOST: Share the River
Bottom out risk: No
Body of Water: Cuyahoga River
This year we’re excited to be partnering with Kentucky for Kentucky, to host the 4th Annual Totally Tubular Tube-a-thon! The event goes down on June 15th and takes place on the scenic Elkhorn Creek. Meet us at the Still Water Campground near Frankfort for a day of fun on the water. The campground is perfectly situated along a horseshoe bend in the creek, allowing for lap after lap of awesome tubing action along a beautiful, mellow section of the Elkhorn. We’ll tube from 10 A.M until dark, and also have food and drink available for purchase at the campground —along with several awesome exhibitors and sponsors!
Join the Cave Run Lake Chapter - Sheltowee Trace Association for their hike to kick off a series of 5 day hikes to cover the 36 miles of the Trace located in Rowan County.
Winter Adventure Weekend is an annual event held on the last full weekend of January at Carter Caves State Resort Park in Olive Hill, Kentucky. We offer activities and workshops for anyone interested in the great outdoors. Whether you are a beginner or advanced adventurer, you can go hiking, rappelling, climbing, tree climbing, canoeing, and kayaking. We also offer wild cave tours, winter survival workshops and much more. Select from a list of field trips and instructional workshops from experienced guides. You must be at least six years old to participate. You will want to register early since many trips limit the number of participants and fill up quickly. Some trips have age requirements and additional fees. Some trips have special equipment requirements. The event begins on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. and ends on Sunday afternoon. Come early or stay late! You don't need to attend the entire event. Come when you want, leave when you want!
Organizer: Carter Caves State Resort Park
Join the Morgatown Trail Town Taskforce for a float from Logansport, KY at Reed's Ferry as they journey down the Green River to Rochester, for their fall festival. There will be giveaways for those participating so join them for your chance to win. We Hope to see you there!
Kentucky for Kentucky’s 3rd annual Totally Tubular Tube-A-Thon – June 2nd 2018! Grab all your friends and meet up at Still Waters Campground near Frankfort, KY for a legendary day and evening packed with Kentucky-bred live music, food, drinks, and fun on the water. The campground is perfectly situated along a horseshoe bend in the creek, allowing for lap after lap of awesome tubing action along a beautiful, mellow section of the Elkhorn