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June 21, 2018

'EXTREMELY HOT' temps don't keep people off the Levisa Fork

The hot temperatures didn’t keep people off the Levisa Fork during the first Paddlefest in Louisa! Twenty folks braved the temperatures to take to the river and enjoy the views. The paddlefest was organized by the Louisa/Lawrence County Trail Town Committee as a way to highlight the water trail that will soon be known as the Chatterwha Trace River Trail. The goal was to paddle upstream to Wall Bridge and then paddle back down to the Louisa City Ramp.

  A family from Huntington, WV came with their 6 kids to celebrate Father’s Day.  A family from Huntington, WV came with their 6 kids to celebrate Father’s Day. A family from Huntington, WV came with their 6 kids to celebrate Father’s Day. Courtney Ballengee stated that “Kayaking is an inexpensive hobby to have once you make those first purchases and with 6 kids, that’s important!” Most of the kayakers were pleasantly surprised at the natural beauty of this river that is in their back yard.

The goal now for Trail Town is to find some public access points on the Levisa, Tug and the Big Sandy so that people can get paddle craft in and out of the water conveniently and easily.

“The paddle UP stream to Wall Bridge was nice but it’s always easier to paddle downstream the whole way!” said Wes Kingsmore, Trail Team co-chairperson. Wes also stated that the next Community Paddle will be on July 15th but a location hasn’t been determined yet. Check out the Facebook page for the Louisa/Lawrence County Trail Town Committee for more details.

 

 

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0 #3 Spare&spoil 2018-06-25 01:14
I'd like to see a "paddlefest" in our school system the way it used to be.
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0 #2 CathiWells 2018-06-24 21:48
The Trail Town Team agrees with you and we have been looking at those sites also. Of course we have to work with landowners to ensure that the ramps are open to the public. We are actively pursuing funding to create a ramp at McClure Branch directly across from Chapman Park because it is easier to access from the highway. Please feel free to contact us and work with us on planning for these accesses. You probably could answer some questions that we have! Send us an email at .
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0 #1 W 2018-06-23 18:56
If the county is serious about promoting our local waterways, access points are desperately needed.
I have personally kayaked from Paintsville to Louisa. It’s a beautiful relaxing trip.
My recommendations for access ramps:
Levisa fork ~ Under highway bridge @645
Levisa fork~ Chapman Park
Big Sandy~ Below the Louisa locks
Blaine creek~ US 23 & Blaine creek rd (meets Big Sandy)
Big Sandy~ US 23 & 707 bridge near county line
Blaine creek~ Fallsburg area
Blaine creek~ Blaine area
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