Blackwater Boat Ramp

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Blackwater Boat Ramp is located on Cave Run Lake, on the Cumberland Ranger District of Daniel Boone National Forest.

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Cave Run Lake is nestled among the beautiful mountains of eastern Kentucky. Built for flood protection by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, this 8,270 lake provides flood protection to the lower Licking River valley and supplies water to area communities, improves water flow conditions on the Licking River, and offers habitat for many species of fish and wildlife. The lake is known for its excellent muskie fishing.

Cave Run Lake area map

You must comply with all regulations established by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources concerning fishing, boating and waterway safety laws. Licenses and regulation guides are available at most retail stores.

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: Boat ramp
Fees None
Open Season: Open All Year
Closest Towns: Morehead
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Cumberland Ranger District
2375 KY 801 South
Morehead, KY 40351

General Information


From I-64, take exit 133 and go south on KY 801. After 13.7 miles, 801 intersects with KY 1274. Stay on 801; continue another 1 mile. Turn right onto KY 519. After 7.5 miles, turn right onto KY 976. The boat ramp is on the left in 3.5 miles. 


Parking is available at the boat ramp.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Water Activities

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Boating - Motorized


Boat ramp Suitable for any light recreational boat