For many Louisvillians, life during the warm months revolves around the Ohio River. The Ohio is one of those topics, either you don't mind playing in it or you don't want to have anything to do with the river. I personally grew up swimming and boating on the Ohio River and this was my favorite place to hang out. The Louisville area has numerous restaurants located along the Ohio River with outdoor eating and entertainment. It was also enjoyable just to drive along River Road from downtown Louisville all the way out to Oldham County. This drive is an unbelievably scenic route to take and seldom had much traffic.90% of the drive is right on the river's bank going down through massive tree lined roadway, across a one lane bridge which cross Harrods Creek and on out to Oldham County.
When I go older and purchased my first boat, the Ohio was my preferred playground. The fishing was great, the scenery from the water was awesome, and the relaxation couldn't be beat. On our stretch on the Ohio River we had 4 main Islands. The first which was closest to downtown Louisville was Towhead Island, then Six mile island, then twelve mile island and finally 18 mile island. The last three islands were all great to fish around. The last Island, 18 Mile Island, was a popular place for people to have their house boats or cruisers up to and tie off and spend the weekend. People would tie up to the banks, swim in the Ohio, grill out on the beaches (which were sand), pitch a tent and just have a relaxing weekend.
Above picture is of Captains Quarters, one of the more popular riverside restaurants on the Ohio River in Louisville.
I use to fish many bass tournaments on the river and got to know all the good spots for catching bass depending on the time of year. During the Derby season (Kentucky Derby was a two week affair leading up to Derby day) on the Wednesday before Derby every years would be the Great Steam Boat Race. The Belle of Louisville, the Delta Queen and occasional another Steam Boat would race for the Gilded Antlers (this is the trophy). They would race from downtown Louisville up to 6 Mile Island and back. The banks on both sides of the river would be PACKED with people watching the race. As a kid, I lived close enough that I would ride my bike down to watch the race and hang out in the various parks along the river bank.
If you ever go to Louisville to visit, regardless of the time of years, be sure to take a drive down River Road, you won't believe how beautiful the sights are from this scenic road.
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