EXPLORING THE KENTUCKY RIVER

A HowPeg Journey  Scroll with Me. 


Lock and Dam number 4 at Frankfort click on the picture for the WMV Video

 

The Kentucky River is a true icon of Kentucky, steeped in beauty and history connecting the far reaches of the Eastern Applachian sections and the Cumberland Plateau to the Northern area of the Bluegreass region as it flows in to the Mighty Ohio River at Carrollton . 

There are 14 locks and Dams built on the River and span the 260 miles from Carrollton to Beattyville. The origional construction was done in the 1800's and provided a route for both passengers and cargo in the time before major highways, trains,  automobiles and trucks. 

Since the last commercial freight was locked through several years ago, many of the locks had fallen into abandomed decay. The Dams have been neccesary to insue that the cites along the route have an adequate water supply. In the last few years the Kentucky River Authority has been assuming ownership of the dams and locks from the Corps of Engineers. The river has been unnavagaible in its entirety due to the deteioration of the locks, but now the Authority has plans to remedy that as locks 1 through 4 are now operational for pleasure craft on weekends during the summer months.Allowing a water way for pleasure boaters from the Ohio confulence at Carrolton through the State Capital City of  Frankfort to the lower level of Lock number 5 near Lawerenceburg.

Included on this page are pictures and Videos of my journeys to the Kentucky River Area

 

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The Beautiful  Ohio River between Westport and Carrollton

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Kentucky River at the State Capital in Frankfort

 

 

 

Lock and Dam 1 at Carrollton Kentucky 

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Lock and Dam 1 at Carrollton

The Old Lock and Dam 1 Buildings

 

 

 

 

Lock and Dam 2 at Lockport

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Lock and Dam 2 at Lockport

Lock and Dam 2 at Lockport

 

 

 

Lock and Dam 3 at Gest Kentucky

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The old Lock Master Buildings at Lock and Dam 3 At Gest KY 

Lock and Dam 3   Gest Kentucky 

 

 

 

Lock and Dam 4 at Frankfort Kentucky

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A Visit with Tom the Lock Master at Lock 4 at Frankfort KY. Click on the picture for the video

Locks and Dams on the Rivers of  our Country arouse strong opinions between folks who relish in their usefulnes and practicality and those who feel the Natural state of the Rivers have been and are being destroyed with constant sediment buildup and natural habitat conflicts.

My purpose here is not to enter that fray but concentrate on the beauty and mystique of the change in georgraphical make up as the rivers make their way ultimately to the sea level oceans which are indeed thier destinations. They  birng out the natural instinct of we human kind to explore and see what there is around that next bend in the river.

My journey on this page will be to explore the River not from a craft but rather to journey by roads to the site of each of the 14 locks and dams on the Kentucky river and record with pictures and videos. This may not be an easy task as some of the unused locks are only accessable through private property

The next stop will be number 5 near Lawrenceburg

 

Lock and Dam 5 was the first one I have encountered that does not allow close visual approach , due to the private Property and No Tresspassing signs. Lock 5 Road is an approach road that is shared with live stock,  Private Farms and homes here with the road ending in an almost impassable state at the Gate to the Lock and Dam which was closed , locked and marked with the NO TRESSPASSING sign. Click on the picture for the Video

Lock and Dam 5 From locked Gate on Lock 5 road Lawrenceburg KY

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Lock and Dam 6 from Oregon Road  Near Lexington and Nicholasville is the next in line and this one was eassily accessable at the termination of Oregon Road

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Lock and Dam 6 Oregon Road  Salvisa  KY. Salvisa is the nearest town but on the Western side of the Kentucky River with no road access to the Lock and Dam 6

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Lock and Dam number 7 at High Bridge Kentucky, was also accessable at the end of Lock seven Raod.

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Lock and Dam 7  High Bridge Ky

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Click on the Below Picture for the Dix RIver and High Bridge Overlook.

The Dix River Flows into the Kentucky RIver at High Bridge KY.

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Continuing up River, Lock and Dam 8 at the end of Lock 8 road . Heavily fenced and No Tresspassing warnings but able to get the picture from the top of a hill overlooking the area. Click on the Pictures below for the Video

Below the Lock 8  Road ending at the overlook to Lock and Dam 8  Click on the picture for the video

 

Lock and Dam 9 Building

The access to the Lock and Dam are heavily fenced with private property  and had no good view but the builidng below is  or was the Lock Master building.  I did get an up river view from the Valley View Ferry as I crossed the Kentucky River to continue on Tates Creek Road.

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Lock and Dam 9 from the Valley View Ferry . Click on the pictures for the video.

 

 

 

On to Boonesboro State Park for Lock and Dam 10, One of the most accessable of the Locks and Dams on the Kentucky River as it is located on the Fort Boonesboro historic grounds.

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Lock and Dam 11 from the end of Lock 11 road Near Irvine Kentucky. Private property but the resident allowed me to gain access for the pictures and Video. Click on the pictures for the video

Lock and Dam 11  Pictures above and below. At the Termination of Lock 11 Road  at Irvine Kentucky

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Lock and Dam 12 from the Golf Course on Millers Creek Road  Ravena Ky

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Lock 12 building. Click on the Picture for the Video

 

 

 

It was My Intention on that November 8, 2015 Sunday afternoon to complete my Quest to find and video all of the 14 locks and Dams on the Kentucky River. But this was not to be. I made a miscalculation ,selected the wrong road and the Daylight began to wane as the road I was on narrowed and finnally ended in another No Tresspassing marker. I was not near Lock 13 as it turned out. Darkness had descended by the time I had retraced almost 10 miles of gravel road. Will try Lock 13 again hopefully in the future

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My Journey to seek, visit and capture in photograph and video, all the 14 Locks and Dams on the Kentucky RIver is like a Jig Saw Puzzle in that while I indeed did not make each visit sequentially but on multiple day trips to the areas  and in the case of Lock and Dam 13, even a different year.

And so after the failed attempt to reach the Lock 13 destination on November 8, 2015, I did make that journey on February 28, 2016 to add the last piece of this bucket list goal to complete the picture.

Traveling again to Irvine Kentucky and following Kentucky Road 851, which also shares road names of  Doe Creek Road,  Barnes Mountain Road, Eli Sparks, Road, Leighton Road, and finally becomes Evelyn-Lock Road which is an unpaved gravel road that ends at the lock and Dam 13 destination..This is very beautiful but somewhat isolated country and as a lone traveler was always relieved  that the ignition worked and the tires remained inflated.

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Lock and Dam 13 on the Kentucky River . click on the pictures for the video

Above the Lock and Dam 13 and Boat ramp Parking area . Click on the picture for the video.

 

Lock and Dam 14 from the  Kentucky Hiway 399 Bridge at Heidelberg Ky Click on the Picture for the video

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Beattyville  Kentucky , The beginning of the Kentucky River as the North Fork , Middle Fork and finnally the South Fork come together to mark the headwaters of the Kentucky River and some 260 river miles from the Ohio River. Click on the pictures for the video.

 

This is where the South Fork merges with the Middle fork and the North Ford which have merged a short distance up stream. Click on the pictures for the video.

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My Bucket list Kentucky River visit to all fourteen Locks and Dams is now completed

I have placed a unique video of the journey on each of the pictures which will be accessable by clicking on the pictures.

 

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