Muskingum River Locks

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A system of locks and dams make the Muskingum River passable to boats.  The locks are manually operated and make for an interesting stop.

[tmt_info =””] When you reach Waterford (different than Watertown!) turn on to Ohio Rte. 60, headed north.  Between Malta and Zanesville the road parallels the Muskingum River.[/tmt_info]

This is the view below the locks.  When a boat enters from the north, the gates close, and the water levels slowly drop, until the lower gates can be opened.  Reversing the process allows north-bound boat traffic to pass.

[tmt_info =””]The Muskingum River lock and dam system dates back to the mid-1800’s.[/tmt_info]

[tmt_info =””] In Zanesville, watch for a bridge that has not two, but threeends.  It’s known as the famous “Y” bridge, and it carries US Rte. 40, the old National Road.[/tmt_info]

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Note: This trip was first published in 2005.

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