Class IV Rockcastle River, KY

Blue Water Trail (Old Wilderness Ford Road to Rockcastle Campground)

The Rockcastle River, whose flow forms the border of Rockcastle and Laurel counties, is one of Kentucky’s best whitewater streams. The river also holds good populations of smallmouth bass and rock bass. It offers something for everyone, whether it’s mild water for anglers and family trips, or challenging whitewater for the kayaker. The floatable section begins after the confluence of the Middle Fork and South Fork of the Rockcastle at the community of Livingston. The section of the Rockcastle from Livingston to Billows is a good float for anglers, beginners, families and canoe campers. All boaters should wear a life vest while floating Rockcastle River, or have enough on board for every person. This middle section features long, gentle pools interspersed with drops. A few of the drops are challenging for canoeists and kayakers, but they serve as good tutorials for basic water reading and boat maneuvering skills. This section includes two day-long floats. (KYFWR)

Section Details

Trip Length Multiday, 42.2 Miles
Fishing Yes
Camping Yes
Manager State, Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources
Wild & Scenic No
Water Trail Yes
Partner Information
Description American Whitewater