Lock and Dam 13 on the Mississippi River

According to the US Army Corps of Enginers website, "Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area features a boat ramp, an observation deck overlooking the lock chamber, and a  picnic shelter. The boat ramp enables access to the Mississippi River and backwaters of pool 13. Lock & Dam 13 is located four miles north of Fulton, Illinois off of State Highway 84. For more information please contact the Thomson Ranger Station at 815-259-3628 or email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."

Boats of all kinds from small canoes to tugs pushing huge strings of barges pass through the locks and visitors can view the activities from only a few feet away. Public restrooms available.

Walking Tours: The Thomson Park Rangers give walking tours of Lock & Dam 13 every Sunday afternoon from Memorial Day thru Labor Day Weekend at 1:00 p.m. Please meet by the observation deck. For safety concerns, participants must not wear open-toed shoes, flip-flops, sandals, or high heels. Tours are not given during inclement weather. For more details, call the Thomson Park Rangers at 815-259-3628.


  • Address: 4999 Lock Rd.
  • City, State Zip: Fulton, IL 61252
  • Phone: (815) 589-3313
  • Season Open: Memorial Day
  • Season Close: Labor Day
  • Hours:

    1:00 pm

  • Tours?: Guided