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Lock and Dam #1 (Ford Dam)

West River Road at East 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55417
612 742 2971
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Ranked #49 of 118 Attractions in Minneapolis
Type: Dams, Lookouts
Most recent review
- Sep 22, 2014
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Tampa, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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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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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
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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6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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37 reviews 37 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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7 attraction reviews
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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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Blaine, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

The lock and dam is a very interesting place if you take the time to explore it. Access is a little tricky. You need to drive or walk down from West River Parkway down a long ramp that starts just north of the Ford Bridge.

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Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

I don't understand why this is even on a list to be rated. You go and no one is there. It's just a little dam alone with nothing to see.

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Hudson, Wisconsin
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16 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

Great Views along with stone arch bridge and river front. Parking during the week is easy and only costs you a $1. This is a must see for visitors.

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