CAVE-IN-ROCK FERRY is the westernmost of 3 ferries still plying across the Ohio River. It crosses between IL-1 in downtown Cave-In-Rock, IL; and KY-91 in the farm land outside Marion, KY. The is no terminal building at either side, just a concrete ramp, plus a service dock on the IL side. The first departure of the day is 6:00 am from the IL side. The last departure of the day is 9:50 pm from the KY side. The 10-minute boat ride is free. The ferry operates 7 days a week year-round, except when the water level of the river is too low (41ft or less at the John T. Myers Lock), or too high (the ramps are flooded); or the wind is too high (sustained 20 mph or higher). 618-289-4599 or fb/Cave-in-rock ferry. The flat deck ferry holds up to 12 cars. Our van & trailer occupied 3 spaces in center aisle and it can ferry some 18-wheelers.
HOW TO GET THERE FROM KENTUCKY: (37.460610, -88.165760 @ KY landing)
From I-69S take Exit 79 (KY-91/KY-139) toward Princeton/ Marion. Turn right onto KY-91. Drive 21 miles* to downtown Marion. KY-91 turns left at Bellville St traffic light. Follow KY-91 11 miles to ferry landing.
From I-69N take Exit 40 (US-62/US-641) towards Eddyville. Drive 3 ¾ miles through Eddyville. Turn left onto US-641N. Drive 8 ½ miles thru Fredona. Maybe stop at Coon Dog Inn for takeout. Follow US-641 as it turns left at end of street and joins KY-91. Drive 9 ¼ miles* to downtown Marion. KY-91 turns left at Bellville St traffic light. Follow KY-91 11 miles to ferry landing.
- When we drove here there was construction on KY-91. We were detoured on US-641 which rejoined KY-91 south of Marion. It might be a little shorter and looked like it may be the route in the future.
HOW TO GET THERE FROM ILLINOIS: (37.467135, -88.166226 @ IL landing)
From I-64E take Exit 130 (IL-1) toward Carmi. Turn right onto IL-1/court Street. Drive 26 miles to Norris City. Turn Left when you get to the stop sign where IL-1 is the left road and US-45 is right road and straight ahead. Follow IL-1 for 38 miles to the ferry landing in Cave-In-Rock.
From I-24W take Exit 16 (IL-146) toward Vienna/Golconda. Drive 22 miles to Golconda. As you enter town, follow IL-146 as it turns left at Adams St. P.O. is on right. Drive 24 miles to IL-1. Turn right onto IL-1. Drive 2 miles to the ferry landing in Cave-In-Rock.
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