COLUMBUS — The historic locks along the Muskingum River opened for the season May 15, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. However, Philo Lock 9 will be closed for construction repairs; an opening date has not yet been determined because water levels will impact project completion.
Spring operational hours for the locks are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed from 2 to 2:30 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays. Extended hours for the Memorial Day holiday are 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday through Monday of the holiday weekend, closing from 2 to 2:30 p.m. each day.
Summer operational hours will begin June 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on Fridays and Mondays; and 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed from 2 to 2:30 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays.
The 10 historic locks along the Muskingum River are operated by Ohio State Parks. They were built in 1841 and are still operated by hand cranking. In 2001, the lock system was designated as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers. For information, contact the Dillon State Park Region office at (740) 453-4377.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at ohiodnr.com.