Kentucky River Authority

Kentucky River Authority


Welcome to the Kentucky River Authority’s Web page!

Here you will find information about the Kentucky River and its Lock and Dam System, such as how to use the locks, navigation charts, boat ramp locations, and contact information for river activities throughout the Kentucky River Basin.  

If you have any questions or need additional information that you cannot find here, please contact us at the phone numbers or emails listed on the Contact Us page.

Kentucky River Event Announcement

Come out and help celebrate 20 years of Kentucky River Watershed Watch on August 19th.  The Watershed Watch program is a non-profit organization whose goals are to support a citizen water quality monitoring effort, improve and protect water quality by raising community awareness and promote goals of the Federal Clean Water Act.  The Kentucky River Authority helps to fund the water quality sampling efforts and has provided mini grant funds to numerous watershed watch community groups to improve watersheds within the Kentucky River Basin.  The event will take place at Clifton in Woodford County, and participants can paddle in a Voyageur canoe or bring their own paddle craft.  Please see the event brochure below for further details on August 19th. 

Click Here to access the Kentucky River Watershed Watch Brochure

Kentucky Afield feature on the opening of Locks 1-4




Kentucky River Locks 1 through 4 set reopen Memorial Day Weekend.


Click here view a gallery of locks.




2019 Kentucky River Lock Schedule

Kentucky River Lock 1 (Carrollton), Lock 2 (Lockport), Lock 3 (Monterey, Gest) and Lock 4 (Frankfort) will be operated from May 24th until October 27th, according to the following sch​edule.​​

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through September 5:

10:00 AM to 7:15 PM

Additional Holiday Lockage Hours

  • Monday, May 27: 10 AM to 7:15 PM
  • Thursday, July 4: 10 AM to 7:15 PM
  • Monday, Sept. 2: 10 AM to 7:15 PM​

Beginning September 6, locking hours Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays will be:

9:00 AM to 6:15 PM

Kentucky River Locks 5 through 14 are closed until further notice.  There is no fee to lock through during normal business hours.  Please visit our web page for instructions and safety information regarding the Kentucky River Locks at Check us out on Faceboo​k.

Kentucky River Authority
Bush Building, Ste. 105
403 Wapping St.
Frankfort, KY 40601

Phone Numbers
  David Hamilton
  Executive Director
  (502) 564-3773

  Sue Elliston
  Executive Staff Advisor
  (502) 696-2830

Kentucky River Locks

  Bobby Webb
  Program Coordinator
  (502) 395-8079

Kentucky River Lock 1: (502) 229-2845
Kentucky River Lock 2: (502) 845-9919
Kentucky River Lock 3: (502) 330-6703
Kentucky River Lock 4: (502) 229-6693
                                  (502) 223-8338

- KRA Newsletter, October 2018

  Photo provided by The State Journal
Click Here for full article "Rockin' on the river:  New boat, more tours provide travel opportunities"


Meeting Notice

KRA Board Meeting  - November 29th, 2018 
Agenda 189, 11-29-18


Meeting Minutes



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