VIDEO: Kentucky River locks and dams reopen for boaters

An 82-mile stretch of the Kentucky River from Frankfort, Ky., to its mouth at the Ohio River is navigable with the opening of locks and dams Nos. 1 through 4.
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An 82-mile stretch of the Kentucky River from Frankfort, Ky., to its mouth at the Ohio River is navigable with the opening of locks and dams Nos. 1 through 4.

They are open to boaters for the first time since 2007, when major renovation work began. That opens up the Kentucky River to the Ohio River for boaters.

The Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet said in a press release that more than 1,200 people on 295 boats have passed through the locks since they opened during the Memorial Day weekend, according to the Associated Press.

It takes an average of about 20 to 30 minutes to "lock through.”

As a note to boaters, there was to be a dredge barge working in pools 1 through 4 during the first two weeks of June to clear any trees from the sailing line and to deepen the approaches to the locks, according to the Kentucky Finance and Administrative Cabinet.

The locks were to remain open during the process.

Celebrations are planned, including a ribbon cutting on June 26 and a River Blast on June 27, both in Frankfort.

River cleanups are also planned in communities along the river and along the Ohio River on Saturday.

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