When to Float
Floyds Fork is generally more fun to paddle when the Fisherville gauge shows that the water is flowing more than 35 cfs (cubic feet per second). Water levels on Floyds Fork change frequently so please check the USGS water table data before going out. The level is populated at the top of the Floyds Fork web page as well as at the link below.
Canoeing and kayaking can be dangerous. The Parklands of Floyds Fork asks that you please paddle at your own risk. This is a wild stream and not a theme park. Always be aware of your surroundings, weather, and the water levels. Paddling the Fork at 50 cfs is much more relaxed than paddling the Fork at 1,000+ cfs.
Click here for the American Whitewater guide to streams and water levels.
Here are a few notes on water levels to help you plan your trip on Floyds Fork:
0 - 34 cfs: Water levels are usually too low for enjoyable paddling. With cfs levels 0-14 you will experience more of a creek walk than paddle.
35- 499 cfs: Perfect for beginner and experienced paddlers, you will be able to paddle without having to drag your boat for long lengths of time.
500 - 2,000 cfs: Intermediate to advanced paddlers will enjoy these water levels, but should be cautious over 1000 cfs.
>2,000 cfs: Paddling is not recommended. Paddling accesses may be closed.
The Kentucky Division of Water is required by the Clean Water Act to designate the use and set water quality standards to protect and manage streams. The primary use of Floyds Fork as determined by the Division of Water is for “Secondary Contact Recreation” allowing for activities such as fishing, wading and paddling. The Department of Kentucky Fish & Wildlife manages Floyds Fork as a public waterway and fishery and we offer access within The Parklands.
We recommend that park visitors follow guidance issued by the Kentucky Division of Water through the Department of Environmental Protection for contact with Floyds Fork and other peer streams in Kentucky, be it the Green River or Elkhorn Creek. Click here to read advisories from the Division of Water.