Tates Creek is one of the jewels of whitewater filled Madison County, KY. Tates is usually the first or second (after the East Prong of the Otter) creek that should be run for paddlers on a tour de Madison after a big rainstorm as it comes up and goes down very fast - typically only holding its flow for a few hours.
Tates Creek runs along and may be scouted from KY 169. It is essentially a series of non-stop class II-III surfing waves and holes with very few flat sections or defined "drops". At high water levels some of the holes can become quite retentive but are usually easily avoided by the alert paddler.
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To find out levels on Tates Creek, a rain dependent stream, check with the Bluegrass Wildwater Association
Permits are not required for this reach.
Put in:From I-75 take exit 90a and go right off the exit onto US25 to the first stoplight. Take a left on Keenland Dr and follow to KY169 (Tates Creek Rd). Go right on 169 for several miles until you come to a small white church at Million on the left at the intersection of 169 and Maple Grove Rd.
Note: Paddlers coming from Lexington,KY might wish to take Tates Creek Rd (in Fayette County) and cross the KY River at the Valley View Ferry which is free and in operation 7 days a week - unless closed due to high water on the KY River. Monday through Friday - 6 AM to 8 PM(as needed) Saturdays - 8 AM to 6 PM(as needed) Sundays - 9 AM to 6 PM(as needed) Takeout: Follow 169 from the church at Million for several miles until it crosses Tates Creek. Park on the right in the pullout.
In addition to the shuttle description above, which encompasses the entire Tates Creek whitewater run, there are numerous other access points off KY 169 where paddlers may putin or takeout.
on Tates Creek @Million,KY to 169 Bridge (5 miles)
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