Port Allen Travel Guide

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    Lock gate from the river side partly open 4 more images

    by grandmaR Updated Nov 12, 2009

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    At the Port Allen locks, barges and tugs are locked down into the canal (no I wasn't talking about a jail or a correctional facility). This saves them fuel and time - they travel approximately an 120 miles shorter distance without having the bends in the river. It is on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway which is an east-west inland waterway shortcut that connects Florida and Texas.

    The Lock is the largest of its kind. It serves as a man-made break in the levee. The massive free floating lock doors weigh 90-ton doors. The sides are 64 feet. The lock was constructed in 1961 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to replace the historic Plaquemine Lock.

    When we visited there was a tug pushing a barge, and they were locking DOWN from the river to a canal which was the Gulf ICW. The guy who was running things explained everything because of course we had a lot of questions.

    Later on we went to visit the historic Plaquemine Lock.

    The lock is closed to the public during any world conflict.

    Open 7 days a week to the public free of charge.

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    by grandmaR Written Nov 12, 2009

    If you aren't the captain or crew of a tug boat, you will be driving to Port Allen.

    We were on our way to see the Plaquamine Locks, when Bob saw a sign about locks - so we went to see the locks at Port Allen first

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