Along the way many fished, searched the shoals for treasures, and even did some magnet fishing under the bridges. One paddler even found an old George Jones cassette tape. They enjoyed the swift water as they cruised through the shoals. Many commented on sightings which was evidence from the historic flood in March. Beautiful rock formations and wildlife in the area had everyone’s camera’s out.
The group reached Beattyville on Sunday afternoon and was greeted by Pat Banks, Kentucky Riverkeeper, David Brown Kinlock, with the Appalachian Hydro Associates, David Hamilton and other board members on the Kentucky River Authority. At the completion of 25 miles, at the Birthplace of the Kentucky River, the group welcomed summer officially with a ribbon cutting in celebration of the Kentucky River Water Trail.
Special thank you to the Beattyville Baptist Church, Lee County Search and Rescue, Owsley and Lee County Conservation District, Lee County Diabetes Coalition, and Kentucky Wildlands, Pride Clean Up, and individual volunteers, for their support of this event.