The Muskingum River is a tributary of the Ohio River at Marietta, Ohio. It is formed by the junction of the Walhonding and Tuscarawas Rivers at Coshocton, Ohio and flows generally south to Marietta. In the canal era, a two mile branch of the Ohio and Erie Canal at Webbsport connected to the river at Dresden. From there, the state made the river navigable downstream to the Ohio with a series of 11 locks and low head dams opened in 1841. Some of these locks are on short skirting canals. The navigation was taken over by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1886, but was returned to the state in 1958. The State of Ohio works to preserve the navigation and operates it as the Muskingum River Parkway. All locks are 150 feet x 35 feet. Locks have miter gates at both ends and are hand operated by park personnel.
Status of Locks is as follows:
Side of River (downbound)
Lock & Dam 1 Marietta 0 miles Left Bank Back flooded by Belleville Locks & Dam on the Ohio River and removed. Lock and Dam 2 Devola 5.8 miles Left Bank Rebuilt in 2004 - 2005, operational Lock and Dam 3 Lowell 14.2 miles Left Bank Operational Lock and Dam 4 Beverly 25.1 miles Left Bank Poor condition, rebuild under design, operational Lock and Dam 5 Luke Chute 34.1 miles Right Bank Rebuilt in 1996 - 07, operational
Lock and Dam 6
Stockport 40.2 miles Right Bank Operational
Lock and Dam 7
McConnelsville 49.4 miles Left Bank Rebuilt in 1998 - 99, operational
Lock and Dam 8
Rokeby 57.4 miles Left Bank Operational
Lock and Dam 9
Philo 68.3 miles Right Bank Operational
Lock and Dam 10
Zanesville 76.6 miles Left Bank Rebuilt in 1997 - 98, operational
Lock and Dam 11
85.9 miles Right Bank Unsafe, currently out of operation
Muskingum River Parkway
Memorial Day Weekend Hours
Friday, May 23, through Monday May 26, 2008, the locks will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., closing from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day.
Free Boating Weekend
Muskingum River Parkway invites you to boat and experience the Muskingum River and locks at no cost Friday, June 13 through Monday June 16, 2008 during normal operating hours.
FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND HOURS
Friday July 4, through Monday July 7 2008, the locks will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., closing from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day.
Labor Day Weekend Hours
Friday, August 29, through Monday, September 1, 2008, the locks will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., closing from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day.
Special Notice Lock #11
Lock #11-Ellis, will remain closed during the entire 2008 boating season
- For more information contact the Park Office at 5265 Dillon Hills Drive, Nashport, Ohio 43830
Phone # 740-453-4377 Fax # 740-453-3872
- Special Arrangements can be made (w/ additional fee) for times outside the normal operational hours. This can be done by calling the park office with at least a 48 hour notice.
Muskingum River Parkway Lock Fee
Ohio Revised Code: 1501:41-2-30
A fee shall be charged to those persons passing through the division operated locks on the Muskingum River with a watercraft. The fee shall be as follows:
$15.00 For an annual pass for each watercraft sixteen (16) feet or less in length and for each watercraft without a motor.
$35.00 For an annual pass for each motorized watercraft longer than sixteen (16) feet but less than twenty-.
six .(26) feet in length.
$50.00 For an annual pass for each motorized watercraft twenty-six (26) feet in length or longer.
For a weekend
pass for each motorized watercraft of any size. This pass is good for one
during normal scheduled hours of lock operation. For the purposes of this rule a weekend is Friday,
Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
$5.00 Per one way lockage of a lock by a watercraft during normal hours of operation.**
Per one way
lockage of a lock outside the normal hours of operation if all boaters locking
through the lock
have current annual passes for their watercraft.
Per one way lockage of a lock outside the normal hours of operation if one or
more of the boaters locking
through the locks do not have a current annual pass for their watercraft.
For the purposes of this rule an annual pass shall be valid for the calendar year, January 1 through December 31, and entitles the pass holder to unlimited lockage with one watercraft during the normal, scheduled hours of lock operation. The passes specified in this rule are per watercraft. Additional watercraft require additional passes. The passes cannot be transferred to another person. If a person is towing an unmanned, smaller boat through the lock, the boater does not need to pay a lock fee for the boat in tow as long as it does not need to be locked through separately.
**INTERPRETATION: If the boater locking through does not have a current annual pass for their watercraft.
Charts of the navigation are free at the park offices. By mail, they may be ordered with a $ 5.00 shipping fee payable to Division of Parks and Recreation from Dillon State Park, 5265 Dillon Hills Drive, Nashport, OH 43830
This information is provided courtesy of the Muskingum River Parkway and from ACS index sheets to encourage navigation of the Muskingum River.