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View from the Bridge

You can see the lock from the bridge over the river going from Minneapolis to St. Paul. There is... read more

Reviewed 11 December 2018
Naomi V
Admired this beauty while crossing the Ford Parkway Bridge

While on the Twin Cities Trolley I took excellent photos of this fine example of riverway... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2018
Columbia, South Carolina
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Reviewed 11 December 2018

You can see the lock from the bridge over the river going from Minneapolis to St. Paul. There is access to it beneath the bridge. There is a little island (most of the time) where fisherfolk gather to toss out a line.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Naomi V
Reviewed 11 October 2018

While on the Twin Cities Trolley I took excellent photos of this fine example of riverway engineering from the Ford Parkway Bridge (aka Intercity Bridge). Of course, you can't stop on the bridge, so that's not what you'd call a perfect vantage point.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 30 July 2018

The Corps of Engineers has done us taxpayers a service by making this site available for viewing. It's a low-excitement but interesting opportunity to learn a few things and get some nice views of the Mississippi River. Pure happenstance brought us there, and we (one...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank NewSmyrnaJoe
Reviewed 24 July 2018

To prevent Eurasian Watermilfoil from traveling upriver, the locks have been permanently closed. The visitor center has been closed since shortly after 9/11. It's still an engineering marvel. It's probably never been economically justified, and may be torn down so the river can run free.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank JimiHendricks
Reviewed 13 June 2018

A fun hidden spot on the St. Paul side of the river across from Minnehaha Park. Great photo spot for taking pictures of the Ford Dam. So why do they call it the Ford Dam, well Henry Ford built the dam for his electric generator...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank 2-Lane-Traveler
Reviewed 12 May 2018

We strolled by and took a look. Its pretty cool. You can really see the forces of the river and the amount of water passing through.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 17 September 2017

We came to tour for an art installation at the locks. It was in the evening (8pm). The installation was a light show that was tied to the rise and fall of the locks over its 50 year history. It was very interesting. The locks...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Chris K
Reviewed 11 August 2017

July 26, 2017 - While we had walked across the stone arch bridge and had seen the dam and lock, we wanted to get more information. Consequently, we took the 1 pm National Park Service's free lock and dam tour, which lasted about 45 minutes....More

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank JerryH9905
Reviewed 5 August 2017

Really not much to see here. The falls area of the river and viaduct are all attractive. The lock and dam is pretty average

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Tootallal
Reviewed 29 July 2017

we went up to see this from the park near Minnehaha Falls. It was very hard to see what was going on. Not sure how we would have gotten down to the actual dam and lock. We did get to see the lock work

Date of experience: July 2017
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