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Upper St. Anthony Lock and Dam

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Address: 1 Portland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401-2528
Phone Number: 612 333 5336
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Cool spot, great views

We checked the area out and were glad we did. The river views and dam views are nice and the backdrop of the city in the other direction is nice. It was chilly but worth the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

If you like learning about the history of the city and National Parks, make sure you check this place out. Only takes about an hour but you can learn a lot. A ton of info on how they created the lock and dam, incredible views and hopefully it's a nice day to get out and see it from the stone... More 

1 Thank Keith T
Coon Rapids, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

The National Park Service is now managing the lock and dam since it is closed for navigation. They offer three tours a day everyday and the tours are led by a ranger and go out on to the lock. Lot's of history and cool information that I never knew. When I went Al Franken was getting a special tour too,... More 

Thank David J
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

This is a good place to see a lock & dam system. It's very interesting to watch the water level changed for boats to pass thru the lock & dam, especially a big boat.

Thank timoydia
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015 via mobile

I've been through the lock several times on chartered boat rides. That is pretty cool. If you walk there, it is accessible while you are doing all of the other riverfront parks and activities. They weren't giving tours when I was there. I think they are no longer giving tours.

Thank AndyB5542
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We checked the area out and were glad we did. The river views and dam views are nice and the backdrop of the city in the other direction is nice. It was chilly but worth the walk, you would see it all in 30 mins or less. There is cheap public parking right here and the old mill along the... More 

Thank Teahan
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

A good place to spend your evening by taking a long walk on the bridge and see the river water flow through the dam and see the bridges build over the river for vehicular movement. The night lighting is also good with a good view of Gopher and the saw mill and the lighting beneath the bridge.

Thank SandeshBlr
Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

we went through the lock from a Mississippi stern wheeler & it was a lot of fun to experience the locks from the boat.

Thank franstucson50
Orange County, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

This is a very pretty part of town, worth roaming around for 30-60 mins. Or biking around. Nice to see the ruins and get that piece of history from the mill times. We were fortunate to be at the lock right at the time the park ranger was to start a tour. So we decided since it was free we'd... More 

3 Thank bubbles911
Yuba City, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Lots of brides to be, newly engaged couples, newly preggos, wedding parties, etc... were taking pics all around the area of the bridge and Mill Ruins. Definitely plenty of great shots from the park.

Thank Kip B
Tallahassee, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013 via mobile

We paid for it so you should take advantage of the FREE tour to see it. It is not a long tour but if the river is running at less than 30,000 cubic feet per second you have a chance to see the machinery do its thing. Greater than 30,000 and the locks are closed to traffic. You still can... More 

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