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Address: 5000 West River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Phone Number: 612 742 2971

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Relaxing view

An enjoyable place to stop and relax. Not a lot of barge traffic to see anymore but occasional pleasure craft lock through. Perhaps the best view of the river in town if you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Champlin, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great view. Glad I went and saw it. If you are trying to waste some time this is a good place to go. Enjoy it.

Thank Jackaroo8423
Champlin, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

An enjoyable place to stop and relax. Not a lot of barge traffic to see anymore but occasional pleasure craft lock through. Perhaps the best view of the river in town if you head out on the catwalk. They have an open house each July, hit that and you also get full tour of control tower.

Thank Jdk_mn
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have brought our 2 kids here several times. They love it! There is a parking lot to park in and everything is free! It is only a short walk to overlook the lock and dam.

Thank sloopy79
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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74 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not a whole lot to see here. It has some history and connection to Henry Ford. Worth a look if you are in the neighborhood.

Thank Tonylikestravel
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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557 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting view of the river and easy to get to from Minnehaha Park with a bike. Or you can drive down River Road just a short bit. Worth seeing.

1 Thank Rachel C
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216 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lock and Dam #1 --- Interesting! Much smaller lock than those down stream! We could not tell if this lock is still being used or not. Commercial or only pleasure boaters?? There was not one person around to talk to but the signage and displays outside were excellent. Very nice walk and area to explore. **The Restrooms were clean and... More 

Thank Gail R
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Learned a lot about commerce on the Mississippi as well as witnessed some amazing engineering. It was a very warm day but worth the walk to see the locks and dam.

Thank Jana S
Coon Rapids, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

The entire Minneapolis riverfront is worth exploring. I have viewed the locks on St Anthony Falls (check the reviews) and navigated through them in a personal watercraft. I recently visited the Panama Canal. Although breathtakingly impressive, you will learn everything you need to know in Minneapolis.

Thank Deborah S
St. Petersburg, Florida
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

Call me old fashioned, but there is something supremely cool about using locks to move ships up river. The fact that water pressure and industrial gears were able to accomplish so much before the information age gives me renewed admiration for history's humanity. The great thing about this place is that is very easy to see HOW the system works.... More 

Thank Zurich A
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

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

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