Sawyer Boat Ramp

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Sawyer Boat Ramp provides access to the Cumberland River and Lake Cumberland

The boat ramp is useable but only with small watercraft due to the low water levels. 

Cliffside Trail #519 (2.75 miles) runs along the Cumberland River from Sawyer Boat Ramp to Noe's Boat Ramp.

Stop Aquatic Hitchikers

Non-native plants and animals are invading our lakes and streams. These aquatic hitchhikers:

  • Ruin boat engines and jam equipment;
  • Harm game fish and native species;
  • Raise operating costs of water and power plants.

Learn how to stop the spread... 

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Accessible,Boat ramp,Toilets
Fees None
Open Season: Open All Year
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Whitley City
Water: None
Restroom: Accessible vault toilets
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Stearns Ranger District
3320 Hwy 27 North
Whitley City, KY 42653 606-376-5323

General Information


The toilet is accessible.


Parking is available at the boat ramp. 


Take US 27 south 20 miles from Somerset, KY or take US 27 north 8.5 miles from Whitley City. Turn east onto KY 90 for 5 miles, then turn left onto KY 3257 for 4.7 miles to KY 896. Follow KY 896 for 3.6 miles to KY 1609 on the left. Follow KY 1609 for 1.7 miles to its end at the boat ramp parking area.

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Boat ramp Access to Cumberland River and Lake Cumberland
Toilets Toilet is open early April to mid-November.
Accessible Accessible toilet