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Lock and Dam #1 (Ford Dam)

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Address: West River Road at East 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Phone Number: 612 742 2971
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Nice walk

After days of being snow-bound we decided to take dog for a walk. Drove over and spent the entire afternoon exploring.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Cynthia A
Mesa, Arizona
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English first
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Like all the dams on the Upper Mississippi, this is a remarkable piece of engineering that is maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It is well worth spending several hours ( I suggest bringing some picnic food) during the summer shipping season to really appreciate the volume and how the locks work. It's a good family outing, especially... More 

Thank thorketil
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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26 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a good place to see a lock & dam system. It's especially interesting to see the water level changed for a boat to be able to go through it. We enjoyed visiting this place.

Thank timoydia
Mesa, Arizona
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30 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After days of being snow-bound we decided to take dog for a walk. Drove over and spent the entire afternoon exploring.

Thank Cynthia A
Gainesville, Georgia
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205 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

We spent about half an hour looking at the lock and dam #1. The dam itself is rather pretty so we took a few pictures, too. There are signs all around giving detailed information about history and function. I learned a lot. I will admit that this is the 2nd lock and dam that my husband has drug us to... More 

Thank pitterpat000
Livermore, California
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119 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Took a short ride from Minnihaha Falls park to visit the locks along the Mississippi River. Out of the two that were opened in 1917 one is still used and operational. Nice walking tour that takes about 45 minutes and well worth doing. The lockmaster on site was very informative. Parking is limited. Entry is free.

Thank Nazsnaz
Olathe, Kansas
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748 reviews
197 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

came down by the river and just stumbled into this place. Tremendous history and a relaxing view on the river. it is worth a stop.

Thank JimOB1
Arlington, Texas
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82 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We stumbled upon this self-guided tour of the Lock and Dam and found ourselves really enjoying the beauty of the site, the sound of the rushing water over the dam, the flora and fauna, and the easy-to-understand explanatory boards. While we were not lucky enough to see a vessel use the lock, the site itself was enough. We spent maybe... More 

Thank 204Anonymous204
Atlanta, Georgia
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206 reviews
26 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We decided to take a ride along the river and saw the sign - glad we stopped. It is a nice view of the dam and falls. A relaxing spot along the way and a good spot for spot to do his call of nature - don't forget to pick up the remains.

1 Thank Craig M
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130 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The view of the dam is pretty good. Relaxing. wish I had read the other reviews when I went as I would have known what to look for when there.

Thank alrivera01
Tampa, Florida
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We visited with our three young kids who enjoyed seeing the locks in action. A large barge came through when we were there which was very cool, but otherwise not a ton to see. It's a cool stop if you're in the area though.

Thank Mike N

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