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.
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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.

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