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Paddling for a Purpose

The air is crisp, the leaves are changing color, and the paddling conditions on the Kentucky River are ideal. Over the last few weeks, we've been able to take full advantage of the perfect fall paddling weather, as we host Paddle for a Purpose, a six week fundraising event in support of local conservation organization, Woods and Waters Land Trust.

Each Sunday, Paddle for a Purpose participants join us on a different section of the Lower Kentucky River. The fundraiser started in late September, with a paddle in downtown Frankfort and a kickoff event at River View Park. Since then, the group has paddled sections of river in northern Franklin County and southern Owen County, enjoying riverside lectures from local environmental experts along the way.

Yesterday's paddle included a section in Monterey, Kentucky, where paddlers made their way down a rural stretch of the Kentucky River, with farmland on both sides. After locking through Lock & Dam #3, the group stopped on a sunny beach to enjoy a talk with hydrologist Lee Colten on the importance of the Lower Kentucky River watershed, we well as with Jennifer Turner, who gave a talk on the White Oak Initiative in Kentucky.

The following three Sundays will include paddling trips in Gratz, Worthville, and the final stretch of the Kentucky River in Carrollton, before it meets the Ohio River.

Sponsored by Expree Credit Union, and facilitated by Canoe Kentucky, all funds generated by this event are given directly to Woods and Waters Land Trust to support their work in permanently protecting land in the Lower Kentucky River watershed. Through participating in Paddle for a Purpose, paddlers are given the opportunity to see the places that the organization is working to protect.

All are welcome to join this unique experience on the Kentucky River. Click here for more information and to reserve your spot.

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