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McAlpine Locks and Dam, Louisville

#12 of 14 in Parks in Louisville
Dam · Hidden Gem · Observation Deck
The McAlpine Locks and Dam are a set of locks and a hydroelectric dam at the Falls of the Ohio River at Louisville, Kentucky. They are located at mile point 606.8, and control a 72.9 miles (117.3 km) long navigation pool. The locks and their associated canal were the first major engineering project on the Ohio River, completed in 1830 as the Louisville and Portland Canal, designed to allow shipping traffic to navigate through the Falls of the Ohio.

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  • This is an interesting place to visit (especially for an engineer). We were lucky to be there when a barge went through the locks. The area is not easy to find. They have a covered seating area...  more »
  • Stopped here early in the morning of our last day in Louisville. My husband is an engineer, and whenever there is an opportunity to view a lock or a dam, we are there. Things were pretty quiet at...  more »

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