Good for fishing from your canoe, or fly fishing in waiters or from the shoals. The Red River possesses two distinct floats for canoeists, kayakers and anglers: the swift upper Red River for kayakers and the much gentler middle section for canoeists and anglers.
A rare adventure is white water kayaking and rafting the upper Red River. Be sure to check the water levels before adventuring into the Upper Red. It is a rare gorge adventure for the experienced paddler after heavy rains in the spring. Paddlers on the Red shouldn’t be fooled by the creek-sized flow they encounter at the upper river access in Wolfe County. The upper Red River possesses one of the most awe-inspiring, remote and challenging stretches of whitewater in the southeastern United States.
Floats on the 10.8-mile upper Red begin at the U.S. Forest Service Big Branch put-in located just off KY 746 (do not use the KY 746 bridge as your put-in). You should scout all rapids on the upper Red to determine the best route and detect in-stream obstructions which paddlers call “strainers.” Cliffs rising from the bank along with huge boulders can make portaging around many rapids difficult.
The Kentucky River
Three forks (North, Middle, South) of the Kentucky River come together just 15 minutes south of Slade of HWY 11. The merging of North and South Forks along side the City of Beattyville is the birthplace of the Kentucky River. This 200 mile stream travels northwest though 14 locks to the Ohio River. Though the river does flood its banks a couple times a year, it provides great fishing, boating, canoeing, and kayaking recreation. Great opportunities for paddling adventures in the headwaters of the Kentucky River. At the mergence of North and South Forks in Beattyville, anglers line their boats up in spring to fish for Muskie! If muskie and bass are not your cup of tea, there is always catfish, crappie, bluegill, and many more to catch. For more information visit the www.visitleecountyky.com/paddeling
Mill Creek Lake
Canoes and kayaks are available for rent on Mill Creek Lake. Fishing is allowed with a valid fishing license. Mill Creek Lake is paddling only as motors are not allowed. You can pick up your fishing license in shops on Route 11 south in Slade, KY.
Cables Pay Lake
Cables Pay Lake located off Route 11 S. in Zackariah, KY.
Strong's Pay Lake
Strong's Pay Lake is Located From Jackson take Hwy 15 north out of Jackson. Turn right onto 205 North and go 13 miles. Go under the parkway bridge and turn left. Go 1 mile and turn left on 191 West toward Hazel Green and go 1.4 miles.Turn right on Rexville RD and go 1.2 miles. See Pay Lake on left.(606) 662-9350