Paducah, KY (Feb. 9, 2023) — The Cave-in-Rock Ferry is temporarily closed due to high winds.
The ferry halted service about 6:30 a.m.
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The Cave-In-Rock Ferry connects KY 91 with ILLINOIS Route 1 across the Ohio River between Crittenden County, KY, and Hardin County, IL.
The ferry normally starts service at 6:00 a.m., CT, 7 days a week. The last run from the Illinois landing is at 9:40 p.m.. The last run from the Kentucky landing is at 9:50 p.m.
The Cave-In-Rock Ferry is at Ohio River navigation mile point 881.0.
The Cave-in-Rock Ferry carries about 500 vehicles across the Ohio River in an average day providing an economic link for daily commuters who depend on it to get to and from jobs. It also serves as a tourist attraction and a tourism link between the Shawnee National Forest and the nearby Amish Community in Crittenden County. When the ferry is forced to close it turns a normal 10-mile trip between Cave-in-Rock, IL, and Marion, KY, into a 70-minute detour.
The Cave-In-Rock Ferry is operated by an independent contractor with joint funding from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Illinois Department of Transportation through a ferry authority.
Thursday 2/9/23 at approximately 6:30 a.m.
The Cave-In-Rock Ferry is CLOSED due to high winds causing very rough river conditions. Duration of closure is unknown at this time.