Three forks (North, Middle, South) of the Kentucky River come together in Downtown Beattyville in Lee County, Kentucky. 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. The merging of the two in Beattyville is a prime place in the spring to fish for muskie. Though the river does flood its banks a couple times a year, it provides great fishing, boating, canoeing, and kayaking recreation.
The Bluewater Trails Program of Kentucky's Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has designated 10 state water trails throughout the Commonwealth, including the Kentucky River Water Trail southeast of Lexington. The Kentucky River was recently (June 1, 2013, designated "the Great Outdoors" adventure by the National Park Service. The Water Trail currently includes pool 4 and 9 but will soon reach pool 14 in Beattyville. The Commonwealth of Kentucky highlights this water trail as one of Kentucky's "Wild Adventure" tourism attractions.
Beattyville, KY is the Heart of the Kentucky River. Visit their On the River Page for the public launch sites.