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West Virginia Division of Natural Resources donates 15,000 blue catfish to boost Kentucky River numbers

A generous donation of 15,000 blue catfish from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources boosted fish populations in the Kentucky River. “We’re grateful to West Virginia for helping us fortify blue catfish populations in areas where numbers are low and catfishing is popular,” said Paul Wilkes, acting director of fisheries for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Earlier...

Officials urge caution against consuming fish From Kentucky River in wake of Jim Beam Distillery fire

Due to the July 2 fire at the Jim Beam bourbon warehouse in Woodford County, and the anticipated impact on the Kentucky River, the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources are anticipating impacts to the river, including foaming, discoloration, taste and odor. The agencies are already seeing fish kills, as well as distressed fish and impacts...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Our state’s many streams and rivers are an important part of history, everyday life

They are present everywhere we travel — to work, school, or shopping trips in urban, rural or suburban areas. Driving Kentucky roadways you are likely to cross a small stream or river, or see one off in the distance. Kentucky waterways, important in our history, and part of our daily life, are where we escape to relax and recreate — fish, hunt, canoe, kayak, pleasure boat, or simply take...

Calling for Volunteers: Kick off the summer by participating in annual Kentucky River Clean Sweep

Kick off summer 2017 a little early by participating in the annual Kentucky River Clean Sweep on Saturday, June 17. Volunteers will travel in boats to collect trash from the 12 miles of the Kentucky River that border Fayette County. River Sweep is part of a multi-state river cleanup that encompasses the entire length of the Ohio River and its tributaries. The annual River Sweep is set for June 17...

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary expands, adding 59 new acres along the Kentucky River to run total to 346

Floracliff Nature Sanctuary recently acquired an adjacent 59 acres in the Kentucky River Palisades region in southern Fayette County, bringing the total acreage of the sanctuary to 346 acres. The addition, known as Trail’s End, is protected with a conservation easement provided by the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund (KHLCF). Trail’s End includes mature second-growth forests and frontage...

Understanding water: We take safe drinking water for granted, but most of the rest of world doesn’t have it

By Judy Clabes KyForward editor First of three parts We step up to the sink, turn on the faucet and expect water to come out. We take for granted that it will be clean and safe to drink. We expect, as an inalienable right, what most people around the world cannot imagine. So, here we are, knowing that water is essential to everything in life – and finding the devil in the details. Here are some...

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Department seeks public input about property acquired in Pulaski County

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has acquired more than 2,900 acres in eastern Pulaski County. The property will be named Rockcastle River Wildlife Management Area due to its proximity to this designated Kentucky wild river. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife will host a public information meeting July 19 to provide additional information about this property and to gather feedback on...

Ky American Water team finishes 1st, Eric Buelna 2nd in Kentucky River 255-mile endurance padding race

KR255 Endurance Race on Kentucky River in full swing as competitors reach half-way mark

Participants in the first annual KR255, a 255-mile kayak/canoe endurance race on the Kentucky River presented by Kentucky American Water in partnership with the Asbury University Center for Adventure Leadership and the Kentucky River Authority, have reached the half-way mark. The leading team, comprised of four Kentucky American Water employees, is currently heading to the High Bridge area of the river...

Rare native yellowwood can make outstanding mid-size tree for the home or urban landscape

By Bridget Abernathy Special to KyForward Native trees make up a portion of all urban landscapes. Our urban streetscapes, greenways, parks, and yards are ideal places for integrating native plants, and restoring their ecological function and value. Native plants growing in urban landscapes help to improve water quality by slowing and infiltrating stormwater, provide habitat and biodiversity, reduce...

Newly opened Kentucky River locks and dams proving to be popular sites for state boaters

Boats locking through at Lock 2 near Lockport, Ky. Since opening on Memorial Day weekend, more than 1,200 people on 295 boats have passed through the locks (Photo Provided)   Kentucky River locks and dams Nos. 1 through 4 opened to boaters on May 22 for the first time since major renovation work began in 2007 and now 82 miles of the river are navigable from Frankfort to its mouth at the Ohio...

Inaugural River Blast festival aims to ‘bring public back’ to Kentucky River for fun times

It should be a blast on the Kentucky River when Conch Republic and Dublove headline the inaugural River Blast festival Aug. 16   Organized by the Kentucky River Water Trail Alliance and benefiting Bluegrass Tomorrow and Kentucky Riverkeeper, the festival at Fort Boonesborough State Park in Richmond is free and open to the public (a $5 donation is suggested for parking). The festival, presented...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Scenic Kentucky River is a natural for adventuresome anglers

The Kentucky River flows through four geographic regions of the state and is rich in plant and animal life. (Photo by John B. Lander)   As fishing waters go, the Kentucky River is a natural for adventuresome anglers. This scenic and productive waterway flows through the heart of the state for 255 miles, and access points are an easy drive from almost everywhere in Central Kentucky.   Arising...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Scenic Kentucky
River is a natural for adventuresome anglers

The Kentucky River flows through four geographic regions of the state and is rich in plant and animal life. (Photo by John B. Lander)   As fishing waters go, the Kentucky River is a natural for adventuresome anglers. This scenic and productive waterway flows through the heart of the state for 255 miles, and access points are an easy drive from almost everywhere in Central Kentucky.   Arising...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Time to wade on in, the stream smallmouth bass are hungry

Kentucky Afield Magazine editor Dave Baker holds a smallmouth bass he caught last summer from Elkhorn Creek in Franklin County. May is the best month for trophy stream smallmouth bass fishing and most areas of Kentucky have productive smallmouth streams flowing through them. (Photo from F&W)   By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   I have an old friend who was reluctant to go wading...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Scenic bluffs, productive fishing draw paddlers to Pool 6

Cummins Falls, across the river from Cummins Ferry Marina, is one of the many features paddlers encounter while floating Pool 6 of the Kentucky River. (Photo from F&W)   By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   James Harrod and a company of men launched their canoes in May of 1774 from old Redstone Fort on the Monongahela River in Pennsylvania, bound for the spring-rich meadow land of...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: White bass runs ‘around the corner’ as temperatures warm

An angler reels in a white bass from the Dix River in the headwaters of Herrington Lake in this vintage photo. During the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, the lake held a regional reputation for productive white bass fishing during the spring runs. This fishery is on the rebound. The spring white bass runs give anglers all over Kentucky a chance at some exciting fishing.(Photo from Ky. Fish and Wildlife)   By...

Unique fishing tourney targets high-jumping Asian carp that are invading state waterways

Kentucky will unleash a full-court press against invasive carp during a unique fishing tournament in March.   The Carp Madness Tournament March 12-13 is believed to be the first of its kind in the country. (Photo from Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources) The Carp Madness Tournament will get teams of commercial anglers competing in a contest to corral the growing population of Asian...

Future is in the water, literally, as Madison County 5th-graders turn creek into classroom

Waco Elementary fifth-graders wade through Cane's Creek in Madison County to study the importance of healthy waterways. (Photo by Carol Spence, UK College of Agriculture)   By Carol Spence University of Kentucky   Scott Darst can see the future. It’s not difficult, because at the moment the future is standing all around him, ankle deep in stream water and squealing with delight when another...