Adventures on the Green River

By: Terry Cook, State Director, TNC of KYTerry Cook on the Green River

Yesterday I spent a terrific day floating the Green River.  At one point in my life I would not even consider a river trip if it was not punctuated with class III and class IV whitewater.  Back then my appreciation for the river was directly related to the adrenaline high I got navigating my aqua blue kayak through big water.

My float yesterday was more typical of the river trips I am more likely to do today. The river’s slow meander allowed me to better appreciate each river bend, each call of a belted kingfisher, and each rise of a small mouth bass.  A mask and snorkel invited me to explore an underwater world that, in the past, I so quickly skimmed over.

Three Hundred SpringsThe images from our float will remain with me: the bright sun of the mid-afternoon sky dancing off the slight current; a majestic sycamore that had dug its roots into the river bank; a gravel bar inviting me to its shore to stretch my back and watch my kids eagerly plunge their small hands under rocks and crevices as the contest to find the “world’s” biggest crawdad quickly consumed an entire afternoon.

What will the Green River reveal on my next journey? I look forward to it with as much anticipation as I had on my first trip down the Green River.

I welcome you to come and explore with me, and with the staff of The Nature Conservancy, as we continue on our remarkable journey to conserve and sustain the lands and waters of Kentucky. We will continue to share with you these experiences in our blogs and posts and welcome you to be part of this journey with us.

For more information on our work on the Green River please visit our project page.