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.
Scenic outlook, boat launching, picnic areas and 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.