The tourism commission plans to install an informational kiosk with river trail maps and local information. The kiosks were built by the students of the Lee County Area Technology Center. There are also plans for additional development for a kayak ramp into the river, parking lot, picnic area, and slack line park, which is fun for rock climbers. Maps of river trails along Three Forks area of Beattyville area available online at visitleeountyky.com/fishingcanoing.
Next to the public launch is a larger piece of property where Mr. Gross is developing an RV Park and campground. The park offers riverfront views long with boating and fishing opportunities for campers. There are also improved RV spots with electric, water, and sewer hookups. More information will be available online soon at www.beattyvillervpark.com.
On Saturday, June 10, 2017 a group of volunteers gathered at the new Three Forks Canoe/Kayak Launch for a community paddle and picked up trash along the Kentucky River. This was the first of several paddle events scheduled this summer by the tourism commission, who received a Brushy Fork Flex E Grant in April for KY River Development and Beautification.
The river had just cleared up from recent rains and the event was from 10am-12pm in an attempt to avoid the afternoon heat. The group launched canoes from a temporary dock made from pallets that was installed along the bank.
“There is something swimming in the water!” said 9 year old Dylan Mainous. He pointed to a creature with a rat-like tale swimming across the river then up Crystal Creek toward Main Street. The group decided that it must have been river muskrat. Dylan and his dad Tyler said they had a fun time as they paddled up South Fork to the bridge then turned around and paddled up North Fork to the bridge then back down to the Three Forks Canoe/Kayak Launch.
Water and snacks were provided by the Lee County Diabetes Coalition, who will be partnering on all the paddle events scheduled this summer.
“This is my first time on the river and in a canoe,” said Vivian Smith, Lee County Health Center Coordinator and member of the Lee County Diabetes Coalition. “This great exercise and it is peaceful being on the water.”
T-shirts and trash bags were provided by the Kentucky River Authority. The clean up events are a part of a larger state wide initiative to clean up the river and advocate for water recreational activities. Sue Elliston along with Jack Stickney and his family were in attendance representing the KRA.
“I just love coming to Beattyville and this property is a great location for paddlers to use,” said Sue Elliston.
Canoes will be available for the community to use on future events scheduled for Saturday, July 8th and on August 12th. Call (606) 464-5038 to reserve your canoe. Locals who own personal kayaks or canoes are invited to participate in the events. Anyone interested in starting a Beattyville Paddle Club, contact the tourism office or message tourism on Facebook. wwwfacebook.com/beattyvilleleecountytoursim.