The Kentucky River is created by the confluence of the North, Middle and South Forks and flows northwest in a meandering course through Kentucky. It flows through the Daniel Boone National Forest, past Irvine and Boonesborough to join the Ohio River at Carrollton, Kentucky. The Red River, Silver Creek, Dix River, Benson creek and Elkhorn Creek all run into.
There are 14 dams on the Kentucky River, run by the Kentucky River Authority and it provides drinking water to one sixth of the state's population. It is estimated that over 700,000 people depend on this river for clean drinking water.
It provided an important means of Migration into the area in the early settlement days of the territory/state.