Dorena-Hickman Ferry closed due to high river levels

The Dorena-Hickman Ferry has temporarily halted service due to high water levels on the Mississippi River .  The ferry temporarily halted service just before Noon, today, with the expectation that floodwaters will keep the ferry closed for at least 13 days, and possibly longer.

According to Ferry Captain Jeremy Newsom, the ferry normally halts operation when the Cairo Gauge goes above about 40 ft.   Due to some changes at the ferry landing, ferry managed to keep operating until the Cairo reading reached 45.4 ft., at 11:00 a.m., CST, this morning.  The river forecast at Cairo indicates a crest at 53 ft. on February 18th, with a slow fall to about 50 ft. on February 23rd. That would keep the ferry closed through that date.

With additional rain in the weather forecast, river levels at Hickman could remain elevated longer.

The Dorena-Hickman Ferry will attempt to provide timely notice when service resumes.

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.  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. The only direct route between the two states is the Dorena-Hickman Ferry.

The Dorena-Hickman Ferryoperates at Mississippi River navigation mile point 922.0.

For more info on the Dorena-Hickman Ferry and a schedule of operating hours go to or
Motorists can also check on the ferry’s operating status by calling (731) 693-0210.