Department of Highways, District 3
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Partner with Monroe County to Construct New Boat Ramp
Tompkinsville, KY - “This project further supports the vision of a safe and reliable transportation system that supports Kentucky’s future economic growth, national competitiveness and overall quality of life that Governor Fletcher, the Transportation Cabinet and myself share,” said Cory Meadows, Executive Director for Transportation Enhancement Programs.
Local and state dignitaries gathered this morning at 10:00 a.m. at the newly constructed boat ramp on KY 214 in Monroe County for the dedication. Historically, boats were launched and retrieved in close proximity to the ferry operation creating potentially unsafe situations. With the construction of the new boat ramp and parking lot downriver, there will be adequate space for those who wish to enjoy boating on the river as well as those who are just crossing the river. The boat ramp will also support future economic development activities such as the sale of hunting and fishing licenses. The total cost for the project was $150,000.
“This is an example of how the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources partners with other government agencies and private land owners to provide more public access for boaters and anglers,” stated Jon Gassett, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Gassett continued, “The Cumberland River has a national reputation for its trophy trout, and we believe this improved access to the river will provide an economic boost to Monroe County.” Kentucky’s largest recorded rainbow trout was caught in the Cumberland River weighing in at 14 pounds and 6 ounces. Gassett believes that with the area already becoming an attraction for anglers, the additional access point on the Cumberland will only make Monroe County that much more attractive to the fishing community.
“We are happy to be a partner in the development of this recreational opportunity for Monroe County,” said Monroe County Judge/Executive Wilbur Graves. The Monroe County Fiscal Court will provide maintenance for the site.
Meadows thanked the local community for its support of the project. “At this time we want to express our appreciation to the community, county, local officials and all other participants for their continued interest and support for this project. We would like to pay special thanks to Mrs. Virginia Fox and her family for donating the property to Monroe County for the boat ramp and parking lot.”
The boat ramp was officially named the Williams-Fox landing in honor of Cloyd Williams and John Lee Fox and their descendants.
The Heritage Council was also on hand to present a certificate to Monroe County in recognition of the ferry. Operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week by Transportation Cabinet employees, the ferry transports approximately 250 vehicles per day. A ferry has been in operation at Turkey Neck Bend since the 1880’s but has only been state-maintained for the last 35 years.
"We are pleased to present this Kentucky Landmark Certificate recognizing the importance of McMillian's Landing and Ferry and its role in our state's cultural heritage," said David L. Morgan, Heritage Council executive director and state historic preservation officer. "This certificate demonstrates that this property is significant in Kentucky history and worthy of preservation."