Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam1 Portland Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Located at the northwest end of the Stone Arch Bridge where Portland Avenue crosses underneath the Stone Arch Bridge and ends at the Mississippi River.Get Directions
Guided tours of Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam provide a history of the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Minneapolis Upper Harbor Project, and the St. Anthony Falls Historic District. From the visitor center observation deck, visitors have a panoramic view of St. Anthony Falls, the historic Stone Arch Bridge, and the historic milling district with the Minneapolis skyline as a backdrop. It is also an ideal vantage point to watch vessels locking through.
The lock wall is open from 12:00 noon until 2:00 pm for visitors and there will be a guide stationed there to chat with visitors.
Hours & Dates
Seasonal Hours (May 28 - September 5)
- Monday: 9:30am - 5:00pm
- Tuesday: 9:30am - 5:00pm
- Wednesday: 9:30am - 5:00pm
- Thursday: 9:30am - 5:00pm
- Friday: 9:30am - 5:00pm
- Saturday: 9:30am - 5:00pm
- Sunday: 9:30am - 5:00pm
Tours are free of charge
- Energy efficiency/conservation
- Transportation-related policies or programs
- Accessible to disabled
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Based on 36 reviews
The gentleman who spoke to us at the visitor's center was terrific. There were no tours scheduled when we were there, but he happily told us about the history of the area, the dam, and the falls...
— WeGoOut, December 1, 2019
Seeing the only waterfall on the Mississippi River is a real treat - especially when a local tells you you're lucky - it's never like this in autumn! She was referring to the recent inordinate amount...
— mizmcqueen, October 23, 2019
We walked over to see the Lock and Dam after visiting the Mill City Museum. It's worth walking over to see it - pretty impressive.
— FecFam, August 31, 2019
Very friendly and outgoing park rangers who take their time to explain the history, purpose and city to visitors. Went out of their way to give suggestions and very helpful to travelers who didn’t...
— nicolemG4386PF, August 1, 2019
We drove to the downtown area of Minneapolis to visit the Upper St Anthony Lock and Dam. The whole area was very interesting including the locks, stone bridge, the falls, and the adjacent old mill...
— VailAZTraveler, July 24, 2019