Bayou to Birdsville (or Smithland Dam)

by  RiverRats

A self-supported trip created by RiverRats

Trip Overview

Bayou launch point to Birdsville Boat ramp (or Smithland Dam). 4 1/2 - 6 1/2 hours. With stop at Stewart Island in the middle. Bayou launch point is in a plowed agricultural field. Stop at Stewart Island in the middle to enjoy a break and some beach time in the sun. Barges do go up and down the Ohio River. Easy acces and parking at Birdsville Boat ramp. Could also bypass Birdsville Boat ramp and go all the way to Smithland Dam for a full days float.

Safety Notes

Barge traffic Wind

Gear Notes

Life jackets!


Little rough at times depending on weather (wind) and Barge traffic.

Portage Notes

Little tricky parking and launching at Bayou in an agricultural field. Easy at Birdsville Boat ramp. Easy at Smithland Dam.

Trip Details

  • Trip Dates: 3/17/2021
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing, Kayak Fishing
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Number of Portages: 3

Trip Location