Energy and Environment Cabinet
Licking River Canoe Float Scheduled

Press Release Date:  Monday, August 03, 2009  
Contact Information:  Leslie Isaman (502) 573-2886  


FRANKFORT, KY (Aug. 3, 2009) – Do you need to get out of town to spend some quiet, relaxing time with nature? If so, the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission (KSNPC) has a field trip for you.

Aquatic Zoologist Ryan Evans will lead a four-mile canoe float down the Licking River in Nicholas County on Saturday, Aug. 15, beginning at 9 a.m. The float will go through the Clay Wildlife Management Area in Carlisle. The trip is estimated to last three to four hours.  

Participants will have the opportunity to seine and observe native aquatic wildlife such as mussels, fish and snails. Those joining will need to provide their own boats, paddles, life vests and other equipment as necessary.  Bring a lunch, water, shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting wet. The trip is limited to 12 people or six boats and will leave from the Clay Wildlife Management area maintenance shed. 

Reservations for the event will be taken now through Aug. 12. If river levels are too high or in the event of inclement weather, the trip will be rescheduled for Sept. 5, 2009. Contact Leslie Isaman at KSNPC, 502-573-2886 for reservations.   

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Directions to Clay Wildlife Management area maintenance shed: From Paris, KY, take US 68 E (through Millersburg) until you see KY 32 to Carlisle.  Follow 32 into Carlisle.  You’ll turn left at the main stop light in downtown to stay on KY 36 (note: this is the second sign for 32 you will see on the left when driving into Carlisle).  From there, stay on KY 32 to Myers, where you will turn right onto KY 3315.  The turn to the maintenance shed is a small lot on the left.  We’ll then proceed to the parking area with boats.  KSNPC staff will have a van at the take-out point to shuttle participants back to their vehicles.