Class II Kentucky River, KY

Pool 8 (Lock Dam 9 to Lock Dam 8)

The headwaters of the Kentucky River run off Pine Mountain in southeastern Kentucky and flow all the way to Carrollton in northern Kentucky. The river travels for 225 miles to its confluence with the Ohio River after the North and South Fork meet at Beattyville. In this entire stretch, one of the most scenic and best pools to fish and float lies just southeast of Nicholasville. Pool 8 of the Kentucky River offers access to the lower portions of Sugar Creek, Paint Lick Creek and Silver Creek. They make three of the best creeks on the river to fish for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass. While fishing these waters, anglers may also occasionally encounter a muskellunge lurking under a root wad. The Kentucky River makes a large southwestern bend that forms the southern border of Jessamine County and the northeastern border of Madison County. Ages ago, the river flowed against the uplift known as the Lexington (or Cincinnati) Arch and cut downward, forming the high river cliffs known as the Palisades. Taking a canoe or kayak trip in Pool 8 gives the paddler an intimate view of the Palisade region, allowing you to witness in person the spectacular power of flowing water through the ages. Fall is a great time to experience the grandeur of the palisades in Pool 8. The Kentucky River usually flows tranquil and green-clear in fall with minimal boat traffic. This stretch of river is a good one for families and beginning paddlers to hone their craft and experience one of the overlooked treasures of central Kentucky. (KYFWR)

Section Details

Trip Length Full Day, 8.8 Miles
Fishing Yes
Camping No
Manager State, Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources
Wild & Scenic No
Water Trail Yes
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