Winchester, KY 40391
- November to June
Big Branch to "Concrete Bridge" (KY 715)
This 10.8 mile section of the river is a Class II to III whitewater stream of unparalleled beauty. The put in point is at Big Branch; 1.7 miles downstream from the put in point you cross under the KY 746 bridge, the former put in point for this segment. The first 3 miles below the KY 746 bridge are scenic Class I water with a good current. Below the mouth of Stillwater Creek the gradient increases with a technical, Class III rapids. For a half mile below Pecks Branch the Red River twists through a series of 3 borderline Class III rapids, popularly know as the "Narrows of the Red". Generally the run is a Class II, runnable from late December to late May in years of average rainfall. At low water the run can turn into a hike. At very high water the Red is extremely dangerous. The best time to run the Red is in the morning because of the afternoon sun that shines directly in your eyes after 2:00 p.m.
TIME: 6 hours
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced
PUT IN: Big Branch
TAKE OUT: KY 715 (Concrete bridge)