Bee Rock Boat Ramp

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

In March 2019 a record flood devastated the campground, boat ramp, and trails in this area. This ramp and Bee Rock Campground will remain closed until recreation facilities are safely restored. View Bee Rock Closure Order.

Bee Rock Boat Ramp is located along the Rockcastle River on the east side of Bee Rock Campground on London Ranger District

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The Rockcastle River, whose flow forms the border of Rockcastle and Laurel counties, is one of Kentucky’s best whitewater streams. The river also holds good populations of smallmouth bass and rock bass. It offers something for everyone, whether it’s mild water for anglers and family trips, or challenging whitewater for the kayaker.

The last section of the Rockcastle begins at Bee Rock Boat Ramp and ends at the Rockcastle Campground (area is unavailable) at the mouth of the river. Lake Cumberland inundates most of this section of the Rockcastle and this 7-mile flat water float is perfect for beginners and families.

The name Bee Rock comes from a local legend which states that a large number of wild honeybees used to live in this area, using a hollow area under this cliff as their hive. Tired of the wild honeybees invading their hives, local beekeepers dynamited the rock, destroying the hive and causing honey to flow down the cliff into the Rockcastle River. 

Nearby Facilities: Bee Rock Campground 

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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.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed for repair due to flooding
Area Amenities: Boat ramp
Fees None
Open Season: Open All Year
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: London Ranger District
761 South Laurel Road
London, KY 40744

General Information


The boat ramp does not have accessibility features for persons with disabilities. 


From Exit 38 on I-75, travel west on KY 192 for 18 miles. Before crossing the river, turn right into Bee Rock Campground. The boat ramp is located at the end of the campground roadway.


Parking is avaliable at the boat ramp. 

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Boat ramp Access to Rockcastle River