The Dorena-Hickman Ferry has halted service until further notice.
The ferry shut down around Noon, Sunday, due to accumulated sand that is blocking access to the Missouri Landing. The sediment has filled in along the Missouri shoreline, preventing the ferry from being able to load and unload vehicles.
Captain Jeremy Newsom is optimistic a contractor with a long-reach track hoe capable of moving the sediment could be at the site within a few days.
The ferry is closed until further notice. The Dorena-Hickman Ferry will provide timely notice when service is able to resume.
Motorists may check on the ferry’s operating schedule and status by calling (731) 693-0210 or by going to https://www.facebook.com/DorenaHickmanFerry/.
To get traffic advisories and alerts about the ferry’s operating status via email go tohttps://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/KYTC/signup/13651 and click on the Dorena-Hickman Ferry Corridor Group. You may also sign up for counties in Kentucky you regularly drive through or on any of the other specialty corridors you travel. Be sure to check your SPAM filtering to assure Gov Delivery is on your approved list.
The Dorena-Hickman Ferry connects KY 1354 at Hickman, Kentucky, with Missouri Route A and Route 77 near Dorena, Missouri.
In addition to providing a critical transportation link between Kentucky and Missouri for daily commuters and farmers, the ferry serves as a tourist attraction for the region and provides a convenient route between Southeast Missouri and the popular fishing and recreation areas around nearby Reelfoot Lake in Northwest Tennessee.
The Dorena-Hickman Ferry Operates from the Hickman Landing with regular river crossings during daylight hours. Round trip passage for passenger vehicles is $14 with additional tolls for trucks, motor homes, and vehicles pulling trailers. There are discounts for vehicles making return crossings.
Missouri and Kentucky have the geographic distinction of being the only border states that are not directly connected by a road or bridge. The only direct route between the two states is the Dorena-Hickman Ferry.
The Dorena-Hickman Ferry operates at Mississippi River navigation mile point 922.0.