A public ramp in Jessamine County that allows access to the lower part of Pool 8 on the Kentucky River.
Safety Considerations: Check river levels before attempting to paddle the Kentucky River. Always wear a properly sized PFD/life jacket. Bring drinking water, sunscreen, and sunglasses.
Activities: Facilities: None
Facility and Trail Map
|▬▬ Downstream||7 miles to Sugar Creek and back
12 miles to Dam 8 and back
|▬▬ Upstream||6.8 miles to Hunters Ferry Rd and back|
Downstream: Fairly remote section of the Kentucky River with just a few houses. Can paddle up to 6 miles down to Dam 8 and back (12 miles total), with an optional side trip up Sugar Creek which is about 3.5 miles from the ramp on the left. You can usually paddle about 1/2 mile up Sugar Creek.
Upstream: A more developed area of the river with many houses and docks. Its 3.4 miles up to the Hunters Ferry Rd, but you can continue much farther. Dam 9 is maybe 11.5 miles up from the ramp.
From Nicholasville: Take KY 39 east at the courthouse all the way to the river. Parking lot is on the right.
Buckeye Ridge Ramp is directly across the river on the Madison / Garrard County line.
Google Maps Driving Directions
For More Information
Kentucky River Level in Pool 8
Kentucky River Navigation Charts (Ramp is on Chart 21)