Skip to Main Content

Louisville, Kentucky: McAlpine Locks

Parking lot and observation deck for visitors. If lucky, you visit will coincide with a ship going through.

McAlpine Lock and Dam Visitors Area

2700 Marine St., Louisville, KY
McAlpine Lock and Dam Visitors Area. From Northwestern Pkwy turn north onto N. 27th St., bear right under the freeway, then veer left. Cross the train tracks, veer left again, then drive straight under the bridge. This leads directly to the gated parking lot.
Daily 6am - 8pm. Gated after hours. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About McAlpine Locks

Reports and tips from visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.


McAlpine Locks

Watch a barge navigate the Falls of the Ohio River by entering a water-assisted elevator.

[Jeff Foushee, 09/02/2018]

Originally built in the 1820s and expanded in the 1920s, the locks enable river traffic to bypass the treacherous Falls of the Ohio River. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was so proud of its work that it built a parking lot and observation deck for visitors.

Nearby Offbeat Places

Shake, Buddy! Lewis and ClarkShake, Buddy! Lewis and Clark, Clarksville, IN - 2 mi.
Largest Clasping Stone HandsLargest Clasping Stone Hands, Louisville, KY - 2 mi.
Lady Tron's DinerLady Tron's Diner, New Albany, IN - 2 mi.
In the region:
Senior Biker: Road Warrior, La Grange, KY - 24 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Map and Plan Your Own Roadside Adventure ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

Kentucky Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Bloodstained Tomb of Nina Craigmiles, Cleveland, Tennessee (Apr 8-14, 2024)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings