Kentucky River Adventures

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Experience the Education and Adventure of the Kentucky River


Located in the heart of downtown Frankfort, the Capital Plaza Hotel sits right on the river.  If you make the 65 mile boat trip from the Ohio River to Frankfort you might consider spending the night at the Capital Plaza Hotel. We are located across from Riverview park and the Frankfort Boat Club.   We offer a special rate for our Boaters throughout the season.  From the thrill of a Rockin' Thunder jet boat ride, a new kayak excursion or to the laid back educational experience of the historical Bourbon boat tour, there is something for everyone on the Kentucky River.    

Rockin Thunder Jet Boat Tours


Rockin' Thunder Jet Boat Tours

 Rockin' Thunder offers the only boat tours on the lower 65 miles of the Kentucky River and Ohio River.  Cruise through the scenic forests, spot Bald Eagles and visit and 1850's plantation.  Along the way, pass through 4 dams/locks built in 1838.  The 155 mile 2 day Kentucky River Adventure takes you round trip from Madison, IN for an overnight stay in historic downtown Frankfort at the Capital Plaza Hotel.  Cruises are offered from June to October each year based on weather and river conditions.  


Bourbon Paddle Tours - Canoe KY

Canoe KY - Canoe, Kayak & SUP adventure trips and rentals
Canoe KY offers a wide range of river activities and equipment for a fun-filled weekend or weekday experience.  They feature guided tours on the Elkhorn creek as well as the Kentucky River.  Their newest Bourbon Paddle tour sells out quickly and features a trip down the Elkhorn over to Buffalo Trace for a tour and lunch.  For more details call 502-227-4492 or visit 

Kentucky State University - Thoroughbred Kentucky River Tours

The KSU Thorobred tours are free educational excursions offered to the public and are available  July-October.  Registration is required.  502-597-6421   
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Catch the Bourbon Boat

Listen to Frankfort's contribution to the history of Bourbon and the influence brought to the world courtesy of the Kentucky River waterway on this excursion.  New for 2020 is the Historic Frankfort tour.  Offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning June 15 @ 5:30.  Boat departs across the street at River View Park.  $7 per person with a maximum of 15 persons per trip.     
Registration is required.  Call Kentucky River Tours @ 502-395-1917  or visit 

Additional Kentucky River information


Kentucky river information 

For more information contact (502) 564-2866 or visit

Kentucky River Authority:  502-564-5866 for lock and river conditions