Cave-in-Rock Ferry to remain open, contract agreement extended

Cave-in-Rock Ferry to remain open

MARION, Ky. (KFVS) - The Cave-in-Rock Ferry will remain open with service continuing on the normal schedule starting at 6 a.m., CDT, on Wednesday, July 1.

The Cave-in-Rock Ferry has reached an agreement to enter into a new contract with the state of Illinois and the commonwealth of Kentucky to continue operation of the ferry,

In a post on the ferry’s Facebook page, ferry operator Lonnie Lewis indicated a tentative contract agreement means the ferry will remain in service on the regular operating schedule on Wednesday morning.

Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom will provide details of the agreement Wednesday.

Again, the Cave-in-Rock Ferry will remain in service on the normal schedule.

The Cave-in-Rock Ferry normally carries about 500 vehicles across the Ohio River in an average day.

That number can more than triple during heavy travel weekends like the approaching July 4th Holiday.

The Cave-in-Rock Ferry connects KY 91 with ILLINOIS Route 1 across the Ohio River between Crittenden County, Kentucky, and Hardin County, Illinois.

The ferry normally operates from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. central time, 7 days a week.

The last ferry run each day departs the Illinois landing at 9:40 p.m.

The last run from the Kentucky landing is at 9:50 p.m., daily.

The Cave-in-Rock Ferry is a privately-owned ferry that has been in operation since the early 1800s. It is owned and operated by Lonnie Ray Lewis, Inc., DBA Cave in Rock Ferry.

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