Sawyer Boat Ramp

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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

Please note that the toilet facilities are closed during the winter season. 

The Nashville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages Lake Cumberland, the second largest lake in the Cumberland River System. The lake provides varied outdoor recreational opportunities for millions of visitors each year.  Because of the temperate climate and relatively long recreation season, visitors have many opportunities to fish, hunt, camp, picnic, boat, canoe, hike, and enjoy the outdoors.


At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open; Toilet facilities are closed during the winter season.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Boat ramp,Toilets
Fees None
Permit Info: A Special Use Permit is required for commercial activities (for example: fishing tournaments, boat rentals, trail rides, outfitter guides, races, etc). A permit is also required for all noncommercial group uses involving more than 75 people.
Open Season: Open All Year
Usage: Medium
  • You must comply with all regulations established by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources concerning fishing, boating and waterway safety laws. 
  • Alcohol use prohibited on national forest land and Kentucky lakes and waterways. (KRS 222.202)
  • No swimming or sunbathing within 100 feet of any boat launching ramp or courtesy boat dock. (Order DB-03-15)
  • No use of steel drums or barrels as floating devices. (Order DB-03-15)
  • No storing or leaving a watercraft unattended overnight at a location not designated for overnight boat storage. (Order DB-03-15)
  • No launching a motor boat at a site not designated for boat launching  (Order DB-03-15)
  • No fishing from any boat ramp or courtesy dock. (Order DB-03-15)
  • No landing of aircraft or dropping or picking up any material or person by means of an aircraft on waters of the DBNF. (Order DB-03-15)
  • PROHIBITED: Entry into areas closed for the protection of endangered, threatened, rare, unique, or vanishing species of plants, animals, birds, or fish. (Order DB-09-15)
Closest Towns: Whitley City, KY
Water: None
Restroom: Accessible vault toilets
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Stearns Ranger District
3320 US 27 North
Whitley City, KY 42653 

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