Dix River: Logantown to Herrington Lake Canoe Trail

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Dix River: Logantown to Herrington Lake Canoe Trail is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Lancaster, Kentucky that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for nature trips, birding, and canoeing and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
370 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

kid friendly

birding

canoeing

nature trips

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

The Dix River is a fun little paddle. You can park at a private boat ramp near the town of High Bridge. The cost is around $4 for kayaks and canoes. You can also park at one of the locks, but it's harder to get in and out of the water. The trip starts on the Kentucky River. Paddle past the Shakertown paddle boat, under the high bridge and the mouth of the Dix River will be on your right. The flow isn't very strong, so it's not a very hard paddle, but the scenery is nice. There is a small rapid that will require a portage when traveling upstream, but it's pretty easy to ride out when returning downstream. Above the rapid is the dam's spillway, which is a fun place to stop and explore. Paddling on past the spillway, you'll reach the dam for Herrington Lake. The water here comes from the bottom of the lake, and is noticeably cooler in the summer. The dam is the end of the line, you cant go any further.

canoeing
2 months ago

Nice relaxing trip!! Seen so many herons but, couldn’t get any pictures of the beautiful birds. It was a hot day so we climbed up to the waterfalls and cooled off a bit before we continued our trip.

canoeing
Sunday, October 04, 2015

The Dix River is a fun little paddle.
I usually park at a private boat ramp near the town of High Bridge. The cost is around $4 for kayaks and canoes. You can also park at one of the locks, but I understand it's harder to get in and out of the water.
The trip starts on the Kentucky River. Paddle past the Shakertown paddle boat, under the high bridge and the mouth of the Dix River will be on your right.
The flow isn't very strong, so it's not a very hard paddle, but the scenery is nice. There is a small rapid that will require a portage when traveling upstream, but it's pretty easy to ride out when returning downstream. Above the rapid is the dam's spillway, which is a fun place to stop and explore. We frequently stop there and have a snack and clim around on the rocks.
Paddling on past the spillway, you'll reach the dam for Herrington Lake. The water here comes from the bottom of the lake, and is noticeably cooler in the summer. The dam is the end of the line, you cant go any further.