Lock and Dam #16 Tours offered through Sept. 2, 2012

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Project invites the public to enjoy a tour of Lock and Dam #16.

Every Sunday from May 27, 2012 through Sept. 2, 2012 at 2 p.m. (weather permitting) tours of Locks and Dam #16 will be conducted for the public.

A special Labor Day weekend tour will be held on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012 at 2 p.m. Lock and Dam #16 is located off 102nd Ave West on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River about one mile upstream from the bridge in Muscatine, Iowa.

Advance reservations are required as group size is limited. Please allow approximately one hour to complete the tour. For more information and to make reservations, please contact the Muscatine Park Rangers by e-mail at mvrodmn16@usace.army.mil or by phone at (563) 263-7913.

Participants will be presented with a history of the Upper Mississippi River system, how the river system operates and the process it takes to move a barge through a lock. The tour is capped off with a walk on the lock structure. Walking is a part of the tour, so participants must wear shoes with enclosed toes and an enclosed back (tennis shoes are best).