Effective October 7, 2019, the Valley View Ferry is scheduled to be closed for approximately 4 weeks due to dry docking of the barge as required every five years by the United States Coast Guard. Updates will be provided as they become available during this time. Updated Monday October 7, 2019.
VEHICLES OVER 24 FT IN LENGTH OR OVER 24 TONS TOTAL WEIGHT ARE NOT ALLOWED DUE TO SIZE AND WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS.
NOTE: The ferry may be closed in the event of high water conditions, or for inspection/repair purposes. When the ferry is not operating, the suggested alternate route between Nicholasville and Richmond is US-27S to Lancaster in Garrard County, then KY-52E to Richmond. The suggested alternate route between Lexington and Richmond is I-75.
Hours of operation
Monday – Friday
6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday
8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Closed on Christmas Day.
The Valley View Ferry is located on the Kentucky River at Tates Creek Rd (KY-169) at the Fayette, Jessamine and Madison County line.
From Lexington (Fayette County) intersection of Tates Creek Rd and New Circle Rd, take KY-1974 South (Tates Creek Rd) for approximately 11 miles to the Kentucky River.
From Nicholasville (Jessamine County) intersection of Main St and Richmond Ave, take KY-169 South for approximately 10 miles to the Kentucky River.
From Richmond (Madison County) intersection of W Main St and Tates Creek Rd, take KY-169 North for approximately 13 miles to the Kentucky River.
The Valley View Ferry is a free service. It operates with funding from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the fiscal courts of Madison and Jessamine counties and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.
The ferry is managed by the Valley View Ferry Authority, composed of citizens and government officials from the three counties served.