Posted by Spalding Hurst

August 16, 2013

The Mayor’s Hike Bike and Paddle – Monday, September 2, 10 am to 1 pm – Labor Day

Put in between 10 am and 11,  –  (Louisville waterfront harbor lawn  or the community boat house.) and explore the waterfront and tow head island up to Beargrass Creek.    At 11 am we paddle en masse past the belvedere –  the site of this year’s world fest,  (Our boats are the opening act)  and into the historic Portland canal.  We have reserved the 1200 foot long northern lock at the McApline Lock and Dam.   Once the doors are shut the river will gently drop 35 feet.   The doors will open and we paddle downstream to the 64 bridge and the Jaycees Boat Ramp in New Albany.   TARC will be available to shuttle drivers back up to their cars.   Our goal is to have more kayaks, canoes and rowing shells to lock though at one time than ever before.   Come and join us celebrate labor day, experience the locks and help us reach our goal of more boats locking through at one time. 

The Louisville 50: Westport to West Point Human and Sail powered boats on the Ohio River. The Louisville 50 adventure race/float covers the 50 miles of the Ohio River through Kentuckiana. Oct., 2013, Oct. 4, 2014 ,Oct. 3, 2015.   You can race, you can have an adventure with a goal of within the next three years of completing the “Louisville 50”.   It is about endurance, knowledge of the Ohio River, proper training and having the gear to allow you to safely demonstrate your boating abilities to yourself and others.

Starting at the Westport Boat dock at 6 am or after, boats head downstream to check points at Harrods Creek and the Community Boat House.   There you have a choice of locking through the McAlpine Lock and Dam on a scheduled basis with other paddlers.  12 noon and 1:00 pm.  Or you can carry around the lock using the Army Corps of Engineers boat ramp.   It is approximately 250 yard carry.    Then boats proceed downstream to the Riverview Park (Greenwood boat ramp) for the next checkpoint and then on down the river to the confluence of the Salt River and the Ohio in the historic town of West Point, KY.    The ending point is at West Point’s 4th street park.

Depending on how far you wish to paddle, row or sail you can start at any of the designated check points and take out where you so choose.   Join us for a 15 mile, 30 mile  or the entire 50 mile course. 

While the race/adventure organizers will have volunteers at each check point, the Louisville 50, is an unsupported adventure race/float, where all participants travel under their own power and have the appropriate shore support for shuttles and all ground support. All boaters must have PFD’s, a signal device and water for the day.   It is recommended that each paddler have a cell phone, radio, GPS and food.   For more up to date information: 

For more information or to volunteer to help make both these events a huge success contact the Community Boat House on Louisville’s waterfront.


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