Kentucky Map

Lower Rockcastle River

Contact Info
1700 Bypass Road
Winchester, KY 40391

November to June


KY 1956 to KY 192 (Bee Rock Campground)
This section of river is designated a State Wild River and includes one of the most challenging white water runs in Kentucky. It is a long 16.9 mile stretch of water with several Class III and at least one Class IV rapids along the way. It should be attempted only by experienced, well equipped parties. Big Narrows and Beech Narrows can be portaged using trails on the left side of the river. Only boaters with advanced expert skills should attempt Beech Narrows due to serious "Keeper" hydraulics and undercut rocks. Plan on at least 8 hours for the trip. There is a national forest campground at the take out on the east side of Bee Rock Recreation Area. The campground has drinking water available.
KY 192 to KY 3497
The trip from KY 192 to KY 3497 is made on the backwaters of Lake Cumberland. It is suitable for beginners. This section is used by power boats, so paddlers should stay near the banks. Take out is at the Rockcastle Recreation Area Boat Ramp. There is a national forest campground and a private marina at the take out.


November to June
Additional Details:

MILES: 16.9
HOURS: 8+ hrs.
SEASON: Nov.-June
SKILL LEVELS: Intermediate, Advanced
PUT IN: KY 80 Bridge
TAKE OUT: KY 192 (Bee Rock)


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