Kentucky Boating Information
Registration Questions:(800) 858-1549
Boating Registration Website:
State Tax Department Website:
Registration Grace Period (Days):60 days
Boat Sales & Use Tax Rate:6%
Credit For Tax Paid In Another State:Yes
State Decal Required For Documented Vessel:No
Boat Titles Issued:Yes


Restricted Access to Local Locks and Dams, ACOE holds Meetings

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District will hold four public meetings this month in Kentucky and Tennessee to give the public a chance to weigh in on their plans to restrict access near dams and locks on the Cumberland River.

The first meeting is set for Jan. 10 in Grand Rivers, KY; the second is to be held on Jan. 15 in Nashville, TN; the third on Jan. 17 in Baxter, TN; and the final one is scheduled for Jan. 24 in Somerset, KY.

Fishing below dams is popular at certain times of the year when some fish species, such as white bass, striped bass and sauger, migrate upstream to spawn. The dams block the fish from spawning, causing them to congregate in great numbers seeking upstream access. Catfish are also attracted to dam sites that generate electricity.

Unless changes are made to the current directives all water access within the hazardous zones will be prohibited, including boating, swimming and wading.

Hazardous zones for the dams on the Cumberland River will be marked with a buoy line barrier that will prevent access and include:

Cheatham Lock and Dam. 400 feet upstream and 1,000 feet downstream.

Old Hickory Lock and Dam. 450 feet upstream and 800 feet downstream.

Percy Priest Dam. 125 feet upstream and 600 feet downstream.

Center Hill Dam. 400 feet upstream and 700 feet downstream.

Cordell Hull Lock and Dam. 515 feet upstream and 800 feet downstream.

Dale Hollow Dam. 100 feet upstream and 500 feet downstream.

Wolf Creek Dam. 500 feet upstream and 500 feet downstream.

For more information, visit the ACOE website at .


Boating Law Administrator(502) 564-3400
Maximum Speed Limit:Posted Speed Limit
Maximum Dimensions For Trailer:53' L x 8'6"W x 13' 6"H highways, local roads 65' Overall Length x 8'W x 11'H
Maximum Overall Length with Vehicle & Trailer:65'
Minimum Weight Requiring Separate Trailer Brakes:N/A
Trailer Equipment Requirements:
Safety Chains:Yes
Brake Lights:Yes
Clearance Lights:No
License Light:No
Turn Signals:Yes
Breakaway Brakes:N/A
Two Trailers:Yes
Insurance:Not required specifically for the trailer, may fall under the vehicle insurance
Wide Trailer Permit Office:(502) 564-4540
For specific questions about boating issues or BoatUS Government Affairs, please e-mail the department at

Kentucky Boating News

The Kentucky State Legislature will be in session January 8 - March 21. Keep an eye out for local boating legislation at or if you have a boating related issue please email us at