High waters close Cave-In-Rock Ferry


Web Editor - Jay Marchmon

CAVE-IN-ROCK, Ill. - The Cave-In-Rock Ferry is closed due to high water on the Ohio River.

The Shawneetown gauge showed a reading of 40.8 feet Sunday afternoon, putting floodwaters over the Kentucky Landing on KY 91 at about dark, forcing the ferry to halt operation. 

Based on the river forecast, the Ohio is not likely to fall below that level until after April 24, so the ferry is unlikely to be able to resume operation for about a week.

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 operates from 6 a.m. to 9:40 p.m., seven days a week. The ferry carries about 500 vehicles across the Ohio River in an average day.

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.