Paddling

Jessamine County is bordered on its southern side by 45 miles of the Kentucky River. Pools 6, 7, 8, and 9 and 80 miles of river can be accessed by ramps within the county or just across the river.  Several of the ramps provide access to highly scenic and remote areas for paddlers to enjoy. All locations are open dawn to dusk.

Map of Area Paddling Trails

Click on a location in the map or table below for more information:

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Summary of Area Paddling Trails

Location # of Paddling Trails Easiest Trail Hardest Trail Total Trail Distance Facilities
Camp Nelson Boat Ramp 2 Easy EasyEasy  19+ miles None
High Bridge Boat Ramp 2 Easy EasyEasy  17+ miles None
Hunters Ferry Road Boat Ramp 2 Easy EasyEasy  16.4+ miles None
John Nickell Boat Ramp 2 Easy EasyEasy  18.8+ miles None
Palisades Adventures Boat Ramp 2 Easy EasyEasy  16+ miles None
Valley View Ferry Carrydown 2 Easy EasyEasyEasy  13.5+ miles restroom picnic

More River Information

Kentucky River Guidebook to Jessamine County Sites

Kentucky River Blueway

Local Group Links

Bluegrass Canoe and Kayak Meetup Group

Elkhorn Paddlers Meetup Group

Bluegrass Wildwater Association (whitewater)

Pioneer Paddlers Facebook Page (Mercer Co)

High Bridge Paddle Club Facebook Page