+ the Ohio River = GREAT BOATING
Perry County is a boater's paradise. It is a gateway to two lakes or pools on the Ohio River which gives boaters thousands of acres of water on which to boat, ski, canoe, fish, and swim, plus there are plenty of places to pull up a boat for a picnic or camping. One of the great things about boating the Ohio, is you'll never find it crowded.
There are boat ramp both above and below the Cannelton locks and dam, and the river above the Cannelton dam stretches for 114 miles to the next dam at Louisville. There are boat service, a launch ramp, groceries, supplies and camping just above the dam at Rocky Point Marina, where Deer Creek enters the Ohio. Dozens of bass tournaments use Rocky Point as their starting point each year.
You can put in a boat at one of the ramps at Troy, Tell City, Cannelton, Rocky Point, Rome and Magnet or at the U.S. Forest Service's Mano Point ramp near Derby and enjoy water sports in the area, or you can plan a trip upstream to places like Magnet, Alton, Leavenworth or even go all the way to Louisville.
You also can plan a trip downstream and pull up your boat and camp at places like Anderson Island (mile marker 736), or French Island (mile marker 767) where there is a marina and boat services during warm weather months.
Upstream there is a marina and boat service at Leavenworth (mile marker 664). While gasoline is not available directly on the water, there is a dock at Derby (mile marker 692), and gasoline and groceries available at the Derby General Store, and a restaurant (Ramsey's Tavern) located about 100 yards from the dock. Boat rentals and storage are available at Port Derby (1-812-547-2057).
At Magnet, you can dock your boat and walk up the hill to Rono Landing for food and refreshment.
When the new dams were built on the Ohio in the mid 60's, the level of the river was raised and formed embayments or flooded creeks that entered the river. Creeks like Deer, Millstone, Poison and Oil Creek have many miles of navigable water, beautiful scenery and excellent fishing.
Ohio River Boat Ramps