Kentucky River Authority

Kentucky River Authority


Welcome to the Kentucky River A​​uthority’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 Authority Watershed Grants
The Kentucky River Authority provides funding assistance to organizations throughout the Kentucky River Basin who are interested in doing their part to keep the river and its tributaries clean.  Past projects have enabled stream cleanups, tree plantings, educational signage, water festivals, water quality sampling and many more beneficial activities.
If you are interested in doing something in your area, please consider applying for this year's grant offering:
  • eligible to any nonprofit organization with a project located in the Kentucky River Basin
  • funding amounts between $2,000 and $5,000
  • 2-year project completion timeframe
  • applications due by September 15, 2020
  • awards announced in November, funding should be available by January 2021
More info and the grant application can be found by clicking here.
Questions?  Please contact Malissa McAlister, Kentucky River Basin Coordinator, at

​​Grant Funds Improve Water Quality
Check out how local watershed groups are using KRA Watershed Grant funds to improve water quality in the Ky. River Basin. 

2020 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 22nd  until October 25th, according to the following schedule:   

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 


10:00 AM to 7:15 PM

 Additional Holiday Lockage Hours
Monday, May 25th        10:00 AM to 7:15 PM
Monday, July 6th        10:00 AM to 7:15 PM
Monday, Sept. 7th        10:00 AM to 7:15 PM

Beginning Sept. 11, locking hours Fridays - Sundays will move back one hour and will be from 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
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Kentucky River Authority
Bush Building, Ste. 105
403 Wapping St.
Frankfort, KY 40601 

Contact Information:

David Hamilton
Executive Director
(502) 564-3773
Sue Elliston​​
Executive St​aff 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) 330-9745
Kentucky River Lock 3: (502) 330-6703
Kentucky River Lock 4: (502) 229-6693 or (502) 223-8338



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.





Rockin' on the river: 

New boat, more tours, provide travel opportunities.

Rockin' Thunder, the business that has been bringing visitors to Frankfort via boat since the Kentucky River locs reopened in 2015, is "doubling down" on its investment.

Read more here.​








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