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.

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 Sept. 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. 

Contact Information:

​​David Hamilton
Executive Director
(502) 564-3773
Sue Elliston​​
Executive St​aff Advisor
(502) 696-2830
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 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.




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