Week of October 12-19, 1995
Boundary Waters canoeing permits
Canoe trips near Mammoth Cave, KY
Q: How old do you need to be to participate in the canoe ride in Mammoth Cave? How far in advance do you need to book your canoe ride?
West Palm Beach, FL
A: Unfortunately, the park service stopped running its famous Echo River Tour through Mammoth Cave about three years ago, but there are several self-guided canoe trips on the Green River that you may want to consider instead. The 12-mile stretch of flatwater from Green River Ferry to Houchin's Ferry will take you about six hours, including time for exploring one of the four islands along the way. Or, paddle the 30 miles from Mumfordville to Houchin's ferry, an easy overnight trip that will take you through 90 percent of the park; camp at night on one of 15 grassy islands en route, and keep your eyes open for the hordes of wildlife--deer, turkeys, raccoons, muskrats, and beavers--that call these islands home. Green River Canoeing, based in Brownsville, rents canoes and provides shuttle service on both ends of your trip. Canoe rental for the six-hour trip will run you $40 per canoe and for the overnight, $75 per canoe; there is no minimum age and most canoes can take three people. For more information or reservations, contact Green River Canoeing at 502-597-2031.