Visitors Guide to
Locking Through The Locks
On The Mississippi River
Signaling To Use The Lock
On approach to the lock signal for lockage by using the signal cords located
at the midpoints of the upper and lower guide walls. These signs usually state
"Small Craft Pull Cord To Signal For Lockage."
|No lights shown
||Approach guide wall and signal for lockage
||Stand clear and DO NOT approach
||Approach lock under full control
Upon receiving the green light, proceed slowly into the lock. Locate the
mooring lines spaced along the lock walls. These lines should be held by hand
and NOT secured to any part of the boat. Passengers should remain seated and
keep their hands inside the boat while it is in the lock. If standing on the
deck is necessary a life jacket is required. Turn the motor OFF. DO NOT climb
Leaving The Lock
When the gates are fully opened a signal will be given by the lock operator
that it is safe to depart. This signal will be either a short toot of a horn or
a hand signal by the lock operator. Once the signal is given proceed slowly out
of the lock and wait until well clear of the lock before gaining speed.
Remember, the areas around the lock are considered no wake areas.