Otter Creek (aka; Main Stem / West Fork) is a highly playful stream littered with great surfing spots throughout it's entire length. With easy, wide open class II rapids and the occasional class III hydraulic (at normal water levels) Otter Creek provides quality whitewater that should have a few challenges for the novice and plenty of play for the skilled paddler. As with most Central Kentucky whitewater streams care should be taken to watch for tree strainers along the entire length of the Otter.
It's only a short distance from the putin on the West Prong Bill Eades Road to the confluence with the Middle (Main) fork of the Otter where the water volume doubles. If the W. Prong is too low then the move is to put on the Main Stem of the Otter on Lost Fork Road.
Otter Creek is a very rain dependent stream.
Levels can be checked for at Bluegrass Wildwater Association.
Permits are not required for this reach.
Put in: Take Bill Eades Road off KY 388 just south of the Redhouse Grocery Store and follow as it crosses and follows the stream. Look for a gravel pull off with a water filling station on the left as the road swings away away from the Creek. Please park so as not to block the water filling station.
Takeout: KY 388 (Red House Rd) follows Otter Creek downstream towards several take outs in its run to the Kentucky river. Access can be found on 3377 (Lost Fork Road) bridge, and all along KY 388 including intersections with East Fork Road, Sam Jones Road, Stoney Run Road and the KY388 bridge close to Boonesboro State Park.
Otter Creek April 2002
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