Features at a Glance

Thanks for visiting. Mark your calendars for next year, January 21-25, 2015!

NEW! Rockin', Rollin', Bubbles

Climb inside to try the newest craze in water walking sports -- Rollers! Take a spin across the pool running like a hamster or try log rolling tricks!  Its great fun and best of all you can go with a friend. Mom and Dad, bring your video camera—the photo ops are fantastic!     


PaddleFest—Hosted by Canoe Kentucky  /lib/img/gallery/img12112881337.jpg/lib/img/gallery/img121120134041.png

Paddlesports are enjoying a surge in popularity—thanks to their affordability, ease of use and fitness benefits. See and learn everything you need to know about these exciting on-the-water outdoor activities. Experts will demo a fleet of paddle-powered craft, including stand up paddleboards, fishing and recreational kayaks from well-known brands such as BIC Sport, Current Designs/Wenonah, Jackson Kayak, Native
Watercraft & NuCanoe, so you can zero in on the boat that’s right for you. 

Free paddlesport demos offered daily in the pool – Test out kayaks, fishing kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddleboards for free.


Fred's Shed Interactive Learning Center

DIY seminars and workshops covering boat and motor maintenance, repair and upgrades.


Watch, learn and do! If you’re a do-it-yourselfer or boat owner interested in maintaining, repairing or upgrading your vessel or vehicle, head to Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center for practical, professional advice.

Free, daily seminars and talk-show format clinics cover a variety of topics, and include demos and question/answer sessions. Host Keith Ammons will be joined by certified marine service technician "Fred", and other local boating experts who will share their expertise with you. Stop by to participate in hands-on clinics, get your questions answered and see the cutaway boat and motor.

Best of all, it’s all FREE, compliments of the Progressive® Insurance Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow®.

Click here for the complete seminar schedule


Welcome to the Water Center

Your one-stop resource for boating information and advice. Get started in boating or learn how to make the most of your time on the water.

  • Straightforward answers to all your boating questions
  • Expert, unbiased advice on finding a boat that best suits your lifestyle
  • Local resources to help you get started

Boater's Education


Discover Boating for less than $250/month!

Think owning a boat is out of your reach? Think again! When it comes to enjoyable ways to spend your leisure time, boating is far more affordable than you may realize. Be sure to stop by and check out this special showcase of boats you can finance for less than $250 per month. Also look for specially marked boats throughout the show!

When you compare the costs of boating to a single day at an amusement park or a trip to any major league game, you'll find that dollar for dollar, boating is really quite affordable. See for yourself how boating can stretch your vacation and leisure time budget:

Compare Costs of Boating vs. Other Leisure Activities


RVing “Boot Camp” Seminars Sponsored by Camping World

From first-timers to full-timers and everyone in between this is your one-stop resource for RVing advice and information. If you're a RV owner stop by the RV seminar stage for practical, professional advice. Free, daily seminars that cover a variety of topics from getting started and trip planning to plumbing, propane and power managing. Rving experts will share their expertise with you. 

Click here for seminar shedule

/lib/img/gallery/img091118174817.pngGills & Game Zone— See the latest gear, get expert advice and enjoy fishing & hunting-related activities!

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources
  • Special appearance by Coach Joe B. Hall, Coach Denny Crum & Tim Farmer! Bring in your favorite memorabilia for them to autograph on Friday, January 24th from 12:15 to 1:30!
    Tune into the Joe B. Hall and Denny Crum Sports Radio Show, with special guest, KY Afield TV Host, Tim Farmer from 10:00 am to noon. After the show, 12:15-1:30, visit the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (booth #4000) for a meet and greet. /lib/img/gallery/img1212410544.jpg
  • TEST YOUR SKILLS: Hunting Simulator / Laser Shot and Crosman Range
    Help send a child to camp, funds provide scholarships for children to attend KDFWR summer conservation camps. $2 Donation Charge per game.  
  • 2014 Licenses and Elk Permits—your one-stop shop for all the licenses you'll need including fishing, hunting, sportsmen's licenses and elk permits.

Free Kentucky Youth Sportsman’s License (includes: 1 deer permit, 1 turkey permit, waterfowl and migratory birds permit), ages 11-15 who have completed their Hunter Education Certification and who have never had a license are eligible.

Complete the online course at fw.ky.gov prior to the show. Bring the online certification to the show and complete the range portion at the Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow. For complete details and requirements, please visit our website at fw.ky.gov or Brenda Ward-Hill at brenda.hill@ky.gov 


/lib/img/gallery/img121482240.pngGills & Game Zone Fishing & Hunting Seminar Series

Get tips and advice from top pros at the Gills & Game Seminar Series – Informative, entertaining daily sessions hosted by top national and local pros to help expand and enhance your fishing or hunting skills. 

Fishing & Hunting Stage hosted by Kentucky Outdoors the Magazine.

Fishing Seminars

  • Bobby Gentry – (Smallmouth) Punisher Lures Pro Staff
  • Stephen Headrick – (Walleye) Owner Punisher Lures
  • David Jones - (Crappie) Tournament Angler and Professional Guide
  • Bill Lowen – (Bass) Bassmaster Elite Series Pro
  • James Mattingly – (Bass)
  • Justin Mullins– (Musky) Co-host “Catch Ya In The Bluegrass”
  • Brad Weakley - (Crappie) Successful Tournament Angler, Full-time Guide on Kentucky Lake

Hunting Seminars 

  • Chuck Paddock & James Blankenbeckler (Using Terrain to your Advantage, Reading Deer Body Language) - Hosts on Open Season TV 
  • Katie Haymes (Deer Anatomy, True "Guts" of Hunting) - Explore Bowhunting State Coordinator
  • Jason Nally (KY Public Lands/Wildlife Management Areas - WMAs) - Expert, Kentucky Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources
  • Charlie Logsdon (Otter Creek, Outdoor Recreation Area) - Expert, Kentucky Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

Click here for seminar schedule


Kids Trout Pond—FREE fishing for kids 12 and younger!

There's no limit to the fun! Catch-and-release fishing pond is a great way to introduce kids to the sport of fishing. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the moment when your little angler reels in a "big one".

Kids, Creepy Crawlers and Camps!

Come see some creepy crawlers Saturday, January 25 from 11am to 12pm. Brianne Wolf, Conservation Program Leader, will be at the show with some creepy crawler friends, and information on opportunities for conservation camp.