North Fork of the Kentucky River: Roxana to Beattyville Professional Review and Guide
"The North Fork of the Kentucky River originates in the mountains of southeastern Kentucky near Whitesburg and flows northwest, draining the counties of Letcher, Perry, Breathitt, and Lee. There are140 paddleable miles before the North Fork meets the South Fork and Middle Fork in Beattyville. This is a bona fide mountainous coal country, where the only flat land is directly along any watercourse slicing through the hills. The North Fork is no exception, and much of the streamside is settled or farmed.
The North Fork is runnable in its upper reaches (Roxana to Viper) during the winter and early spring only. Downstream, from Viper to Jackson, the river can be paddled from late October to mid-June. Below Jackson, the North Fork of the Kentucky is usually runnable all year."