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

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Nicde surprise along the road

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
Craig M
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Fort Worth, Texas
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60 reviews 60 reviews
31 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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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.

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Olathe
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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.

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Tampa, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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.

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Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

If you are on the West River Parkway heading south, drive under the Ford Bridge and you will arrive at the Lock and Dam #1. Neat to see when the river is high like it is right now. If you are lucky you may see a barge passing thru the lock to the lower part of the river. Looking inside... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This is quite a site - and its free. Drive down to the dam from the River Road - just under the Ford Bridge, and you can see across to the old Ford assembly plant (2nd oldest in the country - now closed) and an amazing dam on an amazing river.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Maybe it's because where I'm from we have Dams as well but I didn't find this to be anything spectacular. Would be a neat way to teach kids, but for a group of adults, there are a million better things to do in Minneapolis. The area itself is really nice and I enjoyed walking around the neighborhood much more than... More 

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St Paul, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Love going through the dam. Very interesting to see all that water and watch the fill and empty it. Have been through in a boat and it was exciting and a learning experince.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

Great place to take the kids and watch the boats. Has a nice interpretive center. It is kept clean and can be a wonderful educational experience for kids and adults alike.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Exploring the lock and dam with kids can be free fun and some learning besides. You can walk over portions of the locks and enter the viewing deck for expansive views of the Mississippi River and the banks on both sides. If you are in luck, a boat will come and you can watch the operation of the locks as... More 

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