|September 2008 Barren/Hart County Ky|
|MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK CANOE TRIP|
|It's important to note that this was not presented as a "Bigfoot sighting Report" This is a Report made for other canoers to describe the conditions and difficulty of the canoe trip. Source is from an online Canoe Trip site. We found it does have a few details of interest.
Green River/Mammoth Cave National Park Report Type: Weekend Canoe Trip Report
Trip Dates: September 20-21, 2008
Nearest City: Cave City, KY
Submitted by: Internet
We went to Mammoth Cave National Park last year for a few days, spent canoeing
one of those days. We remembered how nice it was. This year, we bought our own
canoe and decided to take it down there for an overnight trip. This happened to be
my first camping trip ever, let alone an overnight canoe trip. I figure if you're going
to do it, do it. This was actually a little trip to celebrate our 7th anniversary.
I remember thinking that with all of the camping gear we were buying, it could have
easily paid for a very nice hotel room for the night.
We left our Indianapolis home at about 6:00 am EST on Saturday, Sept. 20. We arrived
at Mammoth Cave Canoe & Kayak around 8:30 CST (half hour after they opened, perfect timing).
We took the overnight trip from Dennisons Ferry to Houchins Ferry. The outfitter
dropped us off at Dennisons and promised to drive our truck down to Houchins,
so that we could just float to our truck. That happened to be very convenient for us.
Launching at Dennisons was pretty tricky. You have to put your boat on very steep
launch ramps. Make sure you unpack your boat when doing this! Once we were in the
water, it was fine. We had practiced loading our canoe in our living room the week
before and it paid off. Our canoe was loaded down, but stable. I forgot to mention
that we launched with a troop of boyscouts. On the van ride to the launch site the
two scouts beside me were having an in depth discussion about bigfoot. I wasn't too worried though, because we had two bags of Jack Link's beef jerky.
The river was very low and slow, but we only had to get out and drag our boat once.
We paddled about 13 miles the first day, stopping by 5 pm, and set up camp on Boardcut Island.
We gathered quite a bit of fire wood and proceeded to roast hot dogs and marshmallows for dinner.
We headed to the tent around 10 pm. I was exhausted and almost asleep when my husband
says "did you hear that?" I say, "quit messin' around" until I hear whatever it is rubbing against
my side of the tent (out of husband's reach). Couldn't really get to sleep after that.
Morning eventually came (our air mattress had deflated in the mean time) and we cooked
bacon, eggs, and coffee over the campfire. We packed up after breakfast and paddled the
remaining 7 miles.
The river has virtually NO current, it's almost like paddling on a lake. Fishing was decent,
my husband caught a very large bass and I caught a smaller bass. We saw some very large
fish that weren't biting. I think they were carp. It's nice that you don't need a fishing license
in Mammoth Cave Park. There are at least 3 small caves to explore on this stretch and the
scenery and wildlife is wonderful. We saw deer, turkeys, raccoons, and lots of nice birds and
ducks. I really enjoyed this trip and look forward to warmer weather to do it again!
Admittedly, "something rubbing against my side of the tent" is no cause to notify CNN, and it's unlikely you'll find any large primates roaming around in Mammoth Cave Park. Not because the creatures couldn't live there, but largely because of the 3 to 4 million visitors tromping thru the woods throughout the year likely makes it too difficult for the creatures to hang around. The interesting part of the article is Boardcut Island, which is just on the outside edge of the Park City/Brownsville area. This makes it within a few miles of the Diamond Caverns Resort at Park City of which there are 3 other reports of strange activity with 2 of those being actual sightings. These areas near Park City are just a few miles outside the National Park and have seemed very interesting at times. One instance was a vocalization heard at Diamond Caverns resort, and the other was the creature spotted on I-65, which is less than 1 mile from the Diamond Caverns Resort. The other sighting was the Mammoth Cave Employee sighting which happened on the edge of the Park also near Diamond Caverns near the Park City entrance construction. We hope to hear more coming out of this area! So for any Bigfooters that like to vacation with the possiblity of seeing/hearing something in KY, unless your heart is set on Land between the Lakes, Diamond Caverns Resort may be a good place to visit!