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Lost River Cave is a non-profit organization funded by ticket sales and donations.
Our mission is to educate and enrich lives through connections with nature.

Cave Boat Tours

Board the boat and take a journey into history. Folklore and facts come together to provide unforgettable stories of Lost River Cave as an ancient native hunting ground, a Civil War campground for both the Union and Confederacy, a hideout for the infamous outlaw Jesse James, and a swinging underground 1930’s nightclub.

Cave Boat Tour

Reservations are highly recommended.

Admission TicketAdult (13+)Youth (4-12)Child (3 and Under)
Monday-Thursday$21.95$16.95$5.95
Friday-Sunday$22.95$16.95$5.95
Memorial Day | July 4th | Labor Day (Friday-Monday)$23.95$16.95$5.95

$10 Boat Tour for WKU Students! We offer the Cave Boat Tour all year round, 7-days a week. Must show student ID at the Gift Shop when purchasing tickets!

Reserve Your Tour In Advance

  • Guarantees your spots are secured for the tour of your choosing!
  • Recommended for large groups.
  • A good option for avoiding lines and potential wait times during peak visitation periods.
  • Offers you the flexibility of rebooking to a different day or time in the event that you are unable to keep your reserved tour.

Explore Underground

  • 45 minute tour: The tour begins with a 20 minute guided walk along the river’s edge. When you arrive at the massive cave entrance, board the boat for a 25 minute ride through the cave.
  • The boat tour is appropriate for all ages.
  • Please dress for your comfort and for outdoor weather conditions.
  • Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
  • Personal flotation devices (PFD’s) are provided for infant to adult.
  • The water depth ranges from 4 to 5 feet along the tour route.
  • No pets allowed on boat tour.

Interested in bringing a group? Call or email Chad today to find out more!

270.393.0077 | Chadwick@lostrivercave.org

Have more questions?

Feel free to call 270.393.0077 or click here to visit our FAQ webpage.

ScheduleDaysTimes (CST)
Cave Boat Tour Times
Tours are first come, first served, reservations recommended
Monday - SundayClick here to find available tour times.
* Weather and school field trips may postpone public tours, call ahead to confirm public tour times.
Visitor Center & Gift ShopMonday - Sunday
8:30am - 6:30pm CST
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Year's Day | Closed early New Year's Eve
Lost River Cave Gem Mining Yellow Bag

Cave Boat Tour and Yellow Bag of Gems:

  • Adults package price (ages 13 and up) $2 savings
  • Kids package price (ages 4-12)  $2 savings

Take advantage of this special offer inside the Gift Shop!

Buy a Big Bonus Bag for $24.95 and receive a Red Bag of Gems FREE! ($6.95 in Savings)

Take advantage of this special offer inside the Gift Shop! No coupon necessary.

Buy a Mining Helmet for $19.99 and receive a Red Bag of Gems FREE! ($6.95 in Savings)

Take advantage of this special offer inside the Gift Shop! No coupon necessary. 8 colors to choose from!

Walk-ins welcomed, but reservations are highly recommended.

  • Simply check-in at the front desk located in our Visitor Center during business hours
  • A reservationist will be happy to book your group on the next available tour or any other available tour time that day
  • Tours are offered on a first-come, first-served basis unless advance reservations are made.
  • If you would like to secure a spot for you and your group for a particular tour time, simply create a reservation.

Lost River Cave Boat Tour Safety and Accessibility Policy

Due to the natural environmental and unalterable properties of the cave’s passageways, the
inherent risks of a cave boat tour, and other possible elements of risk that exist, it must be
understood that those taking the boat tour are doing so at their own risk.

 Be Aware:

  • The cave tour is 45 minutes that includes a 20 minute guided walk to the cave entrance and a 25 minute ride on the boat through the cave.
  • The path to the cave’s entrance is on a 30 degree slope descending towards the cave. One must ascend the same 30 degree slope upon completion of the tour.
  • The tour will negotiate 15 steps, with as many as 12 in a single staircase along the guided walk. It is possible to take part in the tour with as few as 3 stairs.
  • When the tour arrives at the cave entrance, guests navigate 3 steps to the pre-boarding area for instructions and a flotation device.
  • Guests then descend a 40 degree ramp leading them to the steel-grated boat dock.
  • Boarding the boat requires that visitors step down into the well of the boat; it will rock and sway as the balance is upset by the movement of passengers and the river current.
  • The water depth is 4 and 5 feet along the tour route.
  • On the boat tour, there is an area where the ceiling of the cave is very low. At this point, individuals in the boat bend forward (neck to knee) as the boat passes into AND out of the cave.
  • In the extremely rare event that a person finds their self out of the boat, it will be necessary to maneuver through the water to the exit.
  • Upon request, vehicles will be allowed to drive to the cave’s entrance at certain times of the day.
  • For individuals with or without disabilities who would prefer to experience the cave tour above ground there are free written materials available at the Visitors Center.

We ask that all guests follow CDC guidelines listed below while at the park.

  • If you are not fully vaccinated and aged 2 or older, you should wear a mask in indoor public places.
  • In general, you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings.
    • In areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.
  • People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken their immune system may NOT be protected even if they are fully vaccinated. They should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people, including wearing a well-fitted mask, until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider.
  • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas of a conveyance (like on open deck areas of a ferry or the uncovered top deck of a bus).

Zipline

The Flying Squirrel Zipline is your destination for adrenaline-pumping fun as you fly through the treetops and zip over the valley’s largest blue hole. The Lightning Bug Zipline is a perfect way for little zippers to learn the ropes as they build confidence and a sense of accomplishment on our mini zip course.

Tickets are sold online or in-person on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Reservations are highly recommended.

Lightning Bug Zipline – Ages Of 3 & 10 And Under 70 Lbs.
Flying Squirrel Zipline – Ages 8+ And Between 70 Lbs & 250 Lbs.
ZiplineLightning BugFlying Squirrel
Duration
45 minutes1 hour
Admission
$19.95$34.95

WKU Students receive $10 off the Flying Squirrel Zipline Tours. Must show student ID at the Gift Shop when purchasing tickets!

ToursDaysTimes (CST)
Flying Squirrel Zipline ToursFriday - Sunday10:00 am - 4:00pm
Lightning Bug Zipline ToursFriday - Sunday10:15 am - 4:15pm
*Weather may postpone public tours, call ahead to confirm public tour times.
Visitor Center & Gift ShopMonday - Sunday8:30 am - 6:30 pm

All tours are on Central Standard Time.

Soar Over the Lost River Cave Valley

The Flying Squirrel Zipline is your destination for adrenaline-pumping fun. Fly through the treetops and zip over the valley’s largest blue hole surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. Our professional guides lead you on an exhilarating trip through the forest canopy. Your 3-zip adventure begins when you step off an 80-foot bluff that sends you soaring through the trees.

Participants must be at least 8 years old* and between 70 lbs & 250 lbs.
ZiplineDurationAdmission
Flying Squirrel Zipline
1 hour$34.95
*Children 12 & under must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are sold online or in-person on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are highly recommended.

Know Before You Go

The following apply to all zipline tours, all participants must:

  • Meet weight and age requirements.
  • Wear appropriate footwear (i.e. close-toed, lace-up shoes).
  • Arrive at the Zip Shed 20 minutes prior to the time of tour to complete paperwork.
  • Fill out and sign a waiver and health history form.
  • If you are under 18, a parent or legal guardian must complete the participant waiver.
  • An adult must accompany participants 12 years old or under Flying Squirrel course

 

BE ADVISED: You cannot participate if you are pregnant, have recent, recurring, or existing injuries, have a serious musculoskeletal disorder, epilepsy, or seizure-related disorder that prevents you from driving, have hemophilia, or are currently taking high doses of blood thinning medication or anticoagulant, have a known health condition that requires immediate medical attention in the event of an emergency, of if you are under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription medications that may limit your mental or physical abilities.

Fun for the Little Zippers

The Lightning Bug Zipline is a perfect way for little zippers to learn the ropes! This tour provides an excellent opportunity to build confidence and a sense of accomplishment among our younger participants.

Participants must be between the ages of 3 & 10 and weigh under 70 lbs.
ZiplineDurationAdmission
Lightning Bug Zipline
45 minutes$19.95

Tickets are sold online or in-person on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are highly recommended.

Know Before You Go

The following apply to all zipline tours, all participants must:

  • Meet weight and age requirements.
  • Wear appropriate footwear (i.e. close-toed, lace-up shoes).
  • Arrive at the Zip Shed 20 minutes prior to the time of tour to complete paperwork.
  • A parent or legal guardian is required to be present for the duration of the child’s zipping experience
  • A waiver and health history form must be signed and completed by a legal parent or guardian for all participants.

Buy a Big Bonus Bag for $24.95 and receive a Red Bag of Gems FREE! ($6.95 in Savings)

Take advantage of this special offer inside the Gift Shop! No coupon necessary.

Buy a Mining Helmet for $19.99 and receive a Red Bag of Gems FREE! ($6.95 in Savings)

Take advantage of this special offer inside the Gift Shop! No coupon necessary. 8 colors to choose from!

There’s so much more going on at Lost River Cave. Check out the full calendar of upcoming events.