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 RiverFest!​

Bluegrass Greensource will hold its first Kentucky RiverFest at Proud Mary BBQ August 22nd from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Come down and try out a watercraft from Canoe Kentucky and enjoy lunch by the Kentucky River!



2020 KRA Watershed Grant Awards

The Kentucky River Authority announces its 17th year of watershed grants to local non-profits who are helping us improve water quality throughout the Kentucky River Basin. A total of $30,000 was awarded to six recipients who will be working on local initiatives.

The City of Stanford and Friends of Logan’s Fort received a grant to construct a self-guided interpretive trail to provide historical and present-day information about the importance of Buffalo Springs and the receiving waterway of St. Asaph’s Creek. The trail will also be used during an annual environmental field day for local students. (see attached photo, Logan Fort)
Clarks Run Environmental and Educational Corporation (CREEC) will use their funding to investigate the removal of low-head dams and the creation of improved stream habitat along the section of Clarks Run that flows through Danville. (see attached photo, Clarks Run low head dam)

Kentucky Riverkeeper will receive funding to continue the development of K-12 curriculum relating to the historic, economic, social and environmental aspects of the Kentucky River.  An accompanying artistic component will guide students through creating a river-related design.  Student artwork from this project will be selected to be used in the Kentucky River Authority’s Annual Clean Sweep’s t-shirt design. (see attached photo, Riverkeeper curriculum cover)

Kentucky Waterways Alliance was given funding to support their coordination of a Red River Festival in 2021 and 2022. This festival will include a competitive canoe race on the Red River, as well as a shorter fun paddling event, educational activities, a river cleanup and live music, food, and beverages. (see attached photo, Red River Festival kayaks)
Red Bird Mission was awarded a grant to provide education about septic system function and maintenance. Participants receive a free system pump-out and assistance with minor system repairs.  Red Bird Mission has also partnered with Rotary International to install new septic systems for those in need.  These efforts help to prevent bacteria, pathogens and other pollutants found in wastewater from entering nearby waterways. (see attached photo, septic system)
2020 KRA Watershed Grant Project
Prior to Covid-related complications, the City of Hindman and the Knott County Cooperative Extension Office were able to complete litter cleanups of Troublesome Creek, a kid's canoe outing, and stream sampling in Lotts Creek and Troublesome Creek.  And, they have supplies ready for another community stream cleanup in 2021! (Photo 5)

​​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. 

2021 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 28th  until October 24th, according to the following schedule:   

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 


10:00 AM to 7:15 PM

 Additional Holiday Lockage Hours
Monday, May 31st        10:00 AM to 7:15 PM
Monday, July 5th        10:00 AM to 7:15 PM
Monday, Sept. 6th        10:00 AM to 7:15 PM

Beginning Sept. 10th, locking hours Friday - Sunday 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
David Hamilton, Executive Director
(502) 564-3773
Sue Northern​​
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


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.​








Meeting Notices

Finance Sub-committee Meeting #2



Date:    Aug. 4, 2021

Time:    1:00 p.m.

Place:   Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID:   861 3206 3625 

Passcode:      0vb5N1​





Meeting Minutes

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