DORENA, Mo. – The Dorena-Hickman Ferry, traveling between Missouri on this side of the Mississippi River and Hickman, Ky., on the other, has ceased operations indefinitely due to drought conditions, according to NWTN Today. The ferry, which is the only ferry crossing the Mississippi between Missouri and Kentucky, shut down on Saturday at 9 a.m. due to low water, and “will remain out of service until water level rises significantly on the river.”
According to the report, there is a U.S. Army Corps dredge scheduled to visit Hickman and increase water depth in the harbor, but the dredge is currently working in Memphis and will not be available for at least a week.
Ferry captain Ed Floyd said the region needs enough rain to raise the river level about a foot before operations could resume.
Interestingly, the Dorena-Hickman Ferry is the only direct route between Missouri and Kentucky. Travel by road would require first entering either Illinois, to the north, or Tennessee, to the south.