Green River Canoeing

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Trips


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Explore the Mammoth Cave National Park from the water on one of our canoe or kayak trips. We are canoe outfitters who offer wonderful journeys down the Green and Nolin rivers. You'll see turkey, deer, beaver, birds, and reptiles as you journey downstream and explore the small islands. Our trips include great opportunities for swimming, picnicking, camping, fishing, and birdwatching. All trips are easy Class I paddling routes that are suitable for families.

Dennison Ferry to Green River Ferry

8 Miles - Approximately 3 to 3 1/2 Hours
Take our most popular trip! This short trip is a great way for beginning canoeists, families, or those on a short schedule to experience the beauty of the Green River and its wildlife.

Nolin River Dam to Houchins Ferry

9 Miles - Approximately 3 1/2 to 4 Hours
This trip begins in the tailwaters of Nolin Lake. The launch site is at the foot of the very beautiful Dismal Rock. A picturesque canopy of trees will keep you shaded through most of this trip, as it once did when steamboats transported asphalt in the early 1900s. The entire trip is abundantly laden with many forms of wild plant and animal life. As you enter Green River at the mouth of Nolin, turn left and paddle up stream about 1 1/2 miles to Houchin Ferry where your trip ends. This trip is often used by the geology instructors at Western Kentucky University for field trips for their students, due to its unique geological formations.

Green River Ferry to Houchin Ferry

12 Miles - Approximately 5 1/2 Hours
Beginning at the Green River Ferry, this trip lets you canoe the stream that helped form the great Mammoth Cave. With clear skies, you'll have a sunny trip as you pass some sandy beaches and islands, which may be used for picnics or just taking a break. The river flows through deep gorges and wooded hills and has abundant wildlife.


Fishing

Fishing is good throughout the year, with the spring and summer months being the most productive. State creel and size limits apply, but a state fishing license is not required within the National Park boundaries. Fishing is permitted only with pole and line, rod and reel, trotlines, and throwlines. More than 100 species of fish are found in the Green and Nolin rivers, including:

• Black Bass
• Bluegill
• Perch
• Crappie
• Muskellunge
• Catfish


Camping

Campsites are available, but camping along the river is restricted to river banks and islands, no closer than 1/2 mile from the ferries. Permits are required and can be obtained from Green River Canoeing.

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