Unfavorable Water Conditions!
The Elkhorn Creek and the Kentucky River are natural, free flowing, rain dependant streams. Because of that, we have no control over what water conditions will be from one day to the next. With this in mind, we do experience UNFAVORABLE WATER CONDITIONS on the creek from time to time. We created this page to help you understand when we normally have these and what we do and don't do during them.
Any time we have potential UNFAVORABLE WATER CONDITIONS, we strongly advise calling one of our customer service reps. We do not recommend emailing, texting or calling during these times, as we want to be able to give you up to the moment information. If you have a reservation during any of these times, we do communicate with our customers via email to let them know the status of their trip and the potential for unfavorable conditions, and what we will be doing about them. We do not take new reservations during a time of UNFAVORABLE WATER CONDITIONS.
In the spring and early summer of the year, we can see high water conditions. Paddling in FLOODED CONDITIONS is not safe. We have definite lines, or water levels, that we discontinue renting during. If the water conditions at the beginning of the day are above 5' on the USGS gauge at Knight's Bridge, we will not rent until we visibly see the level go below that. This means that all rentals will be postponed for the day. If you have a reservation during one of these time, you will be issued a RAINCHECK which will be applicable for the remainder of the season.
In late summer, anytime after 4th of July, we can experience LOW CONDITIONS. These still allow for good paddling and fun on the creek, but it is definitly a different experience. You will need to plan on getting out of the boat and pushing and pulling it through low spots. How many times depends on how you navigate the water and how low it is. We will discontinue rentals when levels get to a point where customers are no longer enjoying the trip. We determine this by customer testimonials. If you have a reservation at one of these times, we will either refund your experience or look at an alternative trip option on the Kentucky River.
Early and late in the season, we can experience the potential for hypothermia on the creek or the river. We use the 110 degree rule. What this means is if the water termperature combined with the air temperature equal 110 degrees or less, we will not rent. Eg. 50 degree air and 50 degree water = 100 degrees... TOO COLD. If you have a reservation during one of these times we will work with you to make a future trip or find anbother option.