Vickie Carson with Mammoth Cave National Park says that park staff has initiated a new river use guidance, with access available at Dennison Ferry and Green River Ferry. No river floodplain or island camping is permitted on Nolin River, nor on Green River below Turnhole Bend.
Another important change to note if you do plan to be out on the water, Carson says you are now required to be wearing a life jacket:
Be alert for fallen trees, submerged trees and rocks, and drifting debris and always alert the Green River Ferry operator as you approach by water, or before you launch from land.
The breach and ultimate removal of Lock and Dam #6 has impacted certain parts of the river. From the park’s north boundary in Hart County to about the Green River Ferry the river looks about the same, but Carson says:
River use is discouraged when the river level measures over 10’ at Green River Ferry. At that level, canoe liveries are not permitted to launch canoes and kayaks. Carson says to always plan ahead and prepare for your trip. Let someone know your trip plans, including your expected return time. Use dry bags to protect personal items. Do not rely on your cell phone – service in the park is unreliable. And always practice “Leave No Trace” principles – pack out your trash.