Monday, March 1, 2021

Kentucky River Lock and Dam #1 near Carrolton, KY


The Kentucky River waterway system is like some I've documented in Wisconsin: it was viable in the 19th Century, but not in the 21st Century. [AbandonedOnline]
Lock and Dam 1 were built from 1836-1842 and support a 27-mile long pool of water.  The original dam was a timber crib structure, consisting of an outside frame of timbers filled with dirt and rock, and the original lock was stone masonry.  The structures are located four miles above the mouth of the Ohio River.  Lock 1 was shut down in 2007 because of mechanical and structural problems. 

Terry Breeck posted
Ky river at lock 1 during high water.

When the Ohio River is around 25' on the Markland river gauge, the lower pool of this dam tops the dam. The normal drop is 427.6-419.4 = 8.2' [OhioGameFishing]

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