Canoe Kentucky
Gear Rentals • Kayaking & Canoeing
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The bluegrass states premier Paddlesports provider. Whether your looking to try canoeing for the first time, wanting to learn how to whitewater kayak, deciding to buy your first fishing kayak, determined to send your kids to the beat outdoor camp in the area or hoping to lead a school or chur h group on a multi day leadership adventure retreat, we've got you covered. For 36 plus years we ha e been helping make outdoor memories and experiences for 10' of thousands of people. What are you waiting for? In a virtual world, let us make your outdoor dreams a reality!
Frankfort, Kentucky

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James C
Lexington, KY18 contributions
Jul 2020
My Boy Scout Troop (T41 from Lexington) rented canoes from Canoe Ky this past weekend. it was the 3rd time in as many years that we rented boats as a "take away" in order to do an outing that we planned ourselves. Worked with Chad, who took really good care of us. Boats, paddles and life jackets were in excellent condition (clean without defects). Covid-19 protocols were followed inside of the business. I would recommend to any group that this is a great value - cost and experience. These guys are ALWAYS great to work with!
Written August 3, 2020
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Danphibian
Lexington, KY73 contributions
Apr 2020
We took a paddle down the river this week, during the peak of sheltering at home for Coronavirus. Canoe KY did a great job at making the canoe trip enjoyable while still following all recommended social distancing guidelines. We selected and handled all equipment ourselves, and saw all our equipment immediately sanitized and bleached after we were done with it.

This is our second time canoeing and had great experiences both times. The staff is friendly with us and our kids; answered all our questions, and were patient with getting us into the water. We will be back!
Written April 9, 2020
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Thank you so much for the kind words. We are doing all we can to keep people safe while still providing a means of getting outside..It means a lot to hear our deeds ate not going unnoticed!
Written April 10, 2020
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Chris
Lexington, KY8 contributions
Jun 2020 • Family
Our extended family from Mississippi came to visit, and kayaking with Canoe Kentucky was the perfect way to have fun, while practicing social distancing. The website sign up process was a breeze, and so was check-in. Our guide and driver was very friendly and professional. The time down Elkhorn Creek was a blast. There are many spots to stop along the way, and we enjoyed a good lunch stop. We’ll kayak at Canoe Kentucky again!
Written June 28, 2020
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CKYandKRT
Thank you so much! We really appreciate kind words...especially when it is sometimes easier not to be.
Written June 30, 2020
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Jon H
5 contributions
May 2021
Our trip was fun and the Elkhorn was beautiful. However Canoe KY left a lot to be desired. Our family has our own watercraft but we had a guest in town. My wife wanted to rent a kayak as well. So we spent $90 on two kayak rentals and my two daughters (age 12 and 10) and I used our stand up paddle boards.

Canoe KY wouldn't let us use the private launch they have for the Elkhorn creek tour, which wasn't a big deal because there was a public launch less than 100 yards away. However when it came to the getting out of the water at the end of the trip, it was a different story. We were told in advance that the people who didn't rent from Canoe KY couldn't use the shop's launch to exit the water. Not sure why, since we spent $90 plus tax, but ok.

What was extremely disappointing was the application of this rule. My 10 year old daughter had a rough trip because of a close encounter with a copperhead snake. It freaked her out - as it would many people - and she was dying to get her feet on dry land after 2+ hours of paddling. A teenaged employee who looked like he wasn't old enough to drive told us that she couldn't leave the water at the shop's launch. She started bawling but, but nope, no dry land for you. Apparently $90 doesn't buy an inch of sympathy at Canoe KY.

But not to worry! Only a quarter of a mile downstream is a public launch we could use, they said. So we kept paddling. A full 3/4 of a mile later (we measured with my odometer afterwards), the public launch finally appeared. How the shop employees don't know the difference between .25 and .75 miles is remarkable. My 10 year old now knows the difference, intimately.

The idiotic and unreasonable policing of the shop's launch against paying customers is bloody outrageous. I wouldn't have minded that much had my daughter not CLEARLY been in distress and an actual adult been present. I could have easily made a stink about it right there, but didn't want to intimidate the child employee and make a scene that would upset my daughter even more.

I will not be patronizing this business ever again, nor will I recommend anyone use this shop. I would have gladly paid a nominal fee to use the launch, even though I thought our kayak rentals were already overpriced. Dumb doesn't begin to describe this experience. I'm giving two stars instead of one because the scenery and paddling was excellent, not that Canoe KY had anything to do with that.
Written May 25, 2021
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CKYandKRT
Jonathon, I want to sincerely apologize for the experience you had with us. I am so sorry! As a 40 year old family business that prides itself on phenomenal customer service, this review BREAKS MY HEART! We failed you and there is no excuse for that. I cannot say, that as the owner, I would have changed our "private boat take out" policy, as that is a legal policy that we are required to enforce...I would be happy to explain more if you would give me the courtesy of giving me a call...BUT, I surely would have handled it differently, as I am sure our Team Leaders would have if they had been informed. Nothing I can offer you makes up for this, so I will simply apologize and assure you that I am personally looking in to it and will use it as a learning lesson we train from. If you would like to discuss the issue, please feel free to call and speak with me. You can call the shop, ask for the manager on duty, refer to this review, and ask for the owners direct number. I am happy to talk with you on it. Again, we are VERY SORRY! No excuses!
Written June 7, 2021
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Arminta M
1 contribution
Aug 2021
Allowed us to canoe when we showed up for our online scheduled appointment. It was during COVID and they stated we did not gave us scheduled. BUT they sure took our money! AND then refused to give it back as a refund at business. STAFF stated it would be refunded by email. Call back to use the refund, that was never received and was told it had expired!

Bad business: Trip was for 2 adults and 3 kids.
Written July 12, 2022
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CKYandKRT
It seems there was a communication mess up with this trip. Please give the owner, Nathan, a call and we will straighten everything out! This is not representative of most of the other reviews we have received!
Written August 4, 2022
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GSHpointer
Louisville, KY67 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
What a way to spend Fathers Day !! Today we experienced CanoeKentucky’s Buffalo Trace Guided tour. All of the water craft, paddles , pfds provided by CanoeKentucky were in great shape and clean. Our on water tour guide Kali was great, tour guide Barb also provided assistance during our adventure. Kali focused on educating the group about paddling, the River, having fun, and staying safe. Highlights of our tour were locking through lock #4 twice during our trip and of course a great tour of Buffalo Trace Distillery. This is a great way to see the River and tour a bourbon distillery.
Written June 19, 2022
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daphne m
Louisville, KY9 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
This was our first time on kayaks for us and our young adult kids. We rented two tandem kayaks. We appreciated the information that was given to us on how to get in and out of, and things like that. We brought with us a bag that is suppose to keep everything dry that’s inside. It worked perfectly as we had a few snacks and things like that we took with us. We went on the Kentucky River rather than the Elkhorn Creek option.
This option had one drop off and return location, as it’s not really a rushing creek. It was easy to navigate and the water level was perfect. It was more of a leisure paddling experience and it was great for us beginners!
We will definitely want to try the Elkhorn Creek next time. It was a great experience and we will definitely come back!
Written July 13, 2020
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christinabgrimm
Lexington, KY2 contributions
May 2020
Friendly, knowledgeable staff with great, clean equipment. It was such a great activity during the Coronavirus pandemic and the staff did a phenomenal job at making you feel safe. I didn't have to get within 6 feet of one staff member. I would definitely go back again and bring friends. I have already recommended others.
Written June 1, 2020
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Benelope G
1 contribution
Oct 2022 • Friends
Our group was treated to a spectacular tour by Captain Nathan and Captain Allison. They have the perfect blend of of local history and their personalities, making this an extremely fun tour. Never boring and so informative. We all enjoyed ourselves immensely and this was my 2nd trip with Kentucky River Tours. This tour is so different from ALL the other tours and I highly recommend!
Written November 21, 2022
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Alexus Larson
Lexington, KY6 contributions
Jul 2020
We went canoeing and we had so much fun! Elkhorn Creek was perfect and the trip was the perfect amount of time (took up an afternoon). The staff was very helpful and offered good tips before we went out on the water. We did do this during COVID and I felt like they did their part to keep everything clean.
Written November 19, 2020
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