PRESTONSBURG – May is an exciting month for the City of Prestonsburg and the Tourism Commission. The Prestonsburg Tourism Commission is sponsoring the Levisa Fork Paddle Fest on May 28.
Participants will have an opportunity to enjoy a relaxing float down the Levisa Fork after launching their watercraft behind Billy Ray’s Restaurant at the boat ramp located in downtown Prestonsburg. A scenic view of the Big Sandy River will be present as participants paddle up to the old water plant located in Paintsville. It’s a four-to-six hour trip on a level one paddle.
The water on the Big Sandy River is mostly calm with some very small currents which will enable participants to maneuver their kayak or canoe easily.
Both a lunch in Paintsville and a shuttle back to Prestonsburg will be available. The cost is $10 per person.
“We are very excited about Paddle Fest and we expect a large crowd for the event based on the response we have received on Facebook,” said Prestonsburg Tourism Director Mitchell Pearson. “We really want to create events in Prestonsburg and Floyd County that take advantage of the natural beauty and assets in our community. We hope Paddle Fest will be a success and an event that we can continue for the people in our community.”
Kayaks and canoes are available for rental at Jenny Wiley State Park or Legend Outfitters of Louisa. Double seat watercrafts are limited.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.