Explore the Kentucky River Take a tour on the Kentucky River or visit Frankfort by boat

Boat tours of the Kentucky River are available from May through October. From individual reservations for canoes and kayaks to groups of 40 aboard a double-decker pontoon, we’ve got an adventure awaiting!

Boat tour operators

Come to Frankfort by boat

Explore the natural beauty of Kentucky on your own boat, traveling from the Ohio River through the locks of the Kentucky River to Frankfort.

2021 Lock Schedule 

Open Weekends May 28 – October 24, weather permitting

Fri., Sat., Sun. 10 am – 7:15 pm

Also open on the following holidays from 10am – 7:15pm:

Mon May 31,   Mon July 5,   Mon Sep 5

  • Lock 1 – Carrollton, KY
  • Lock 2 – Lockport, KY
  • Lock 3 – Monterey, KY
  • Lock 4 – Frankfort, KY – portage available

Beginning September 10th, the Fri-Sun locking hours will move back one hour, and will be open from 9am -6:15pm

Learn more from the Kentucky River Authority.

Free Public Docking

  • River View Park- 200 ft dock
  • Blanton’s Landing – 30 ft dock

Boat Fuel

Fuel is available at both:

Benson Creek Marina  

Frankfort Boat Club Dock at Riverboat Grill

Room Discounts for Boaters

A boater’s rate is available at the Capital Plaza Hotel, with pre-arranged shuttle service available between the hotel and the marina.