As the boating season begins, we want to publicly express our appreciation and gratitude to the Kentucky River Authority.
Years ago, the Corps of Engineers operated the locks and kept the Kentucky River navigable. In 2002, the Corps turned operation of the locks and dams over to KRA. At that time, the benefit of keeping the river open to recreational navigation was not recognized and the locks were closed.
Over the past six years, KRA, under the leadership of Jerry Graves, has reopened Locks 1 through 4. Graves and his staff must realize that a navigable waterway spreads tourist dollars, adds to the quality of life for communities along the river and helps develop an appreciation for this beautiful natural resource.
KRA lockmasters and staff are top-notch professionals. If you experience mechanical problems while in the lock pit, they will keep you safe and do all they can to get you on your way. KRA also has removed debris from the channel, which greatly reduces the chance of damage to boats and props.
Its primary mission is ensuring a reliable water supply for communities along the river basin.·The staff has proven to be top-notch in this responsibility.
Bill and Brenda Buchwald