The Amazing Miniature Lock-And-Dam Between Middle Eau Claire Lake and Lower Eau Claire Lake

The Amazing Miniature Lock-And-Dam Between Middle Eau Claire Lake and Lower Eau Claire Lake

Miniature lock and dam between Middle Eau Claire and Lower Eau Claire Lakes

Miniature lock and dam between Middle Eau Claire and Lower Eau Claire Lakes

This fascinating local landmark is located in the Gordon-Barnes area, right on South Shore Road. Actually, it’s right under South Shore Road.

(For directions on how to get there by water, check out my earlier posts on the secret passageway between Middle Eau Claire Lake and Lower Eau Claire Lake. I’ve also written a post on the channel between Middle Eau Claire Lake and Bony Lake. And if you’re looking for a lake home or cabin in the area, please check out my current listings on Bony Lake and on Lower, Middle Eau Claire Lakes. At the moment, I even have a great building site available just upstream from the lock and dam. While you’re planning your dream lake home, you can spend your summer weekends in this unique treehouse.)

It’s a miniature, hand-operated lock and dam that was built in the 1930s as part of the New Deal program. Completed in 1939, it has the same gates and valves as you’d see at one of those mega-locks on the Mississippi. It’s just a little smaller, and everything is operated by hand. As far as I know, there are very few like it in the entire country.

The lock itself is about six feet wide and thirty feet long. When it was built, that would have been considered plenty big enough. After all, it could lock through two fourteen-foot fishing boats at the same time. Although impatient canoeists and kayakers sometimes just portage up and over South Shore Road, it only takes a few minutes to lock on through. If you’re paddling in the neighborhood, or motoring about in a small enough fishing boat, give it a try sometime. Or, just stop and check out this rare and fascinating piece of transportation technology.

Here are a few more shots from different angles. Enjoy!

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About Jean

Jean Hedren, Your Northwest Wisconsin Realtor. Specializing in up-north lake homes, cabins, and waterfront real estate. Serving the real estate needs of northern Wisconsin buyers and sellers in Barnes, Solon Springs, Lake Nebagamon, Gordon, Wascott, Minong, Trego, Spooner, Hayward, Webb Lake, and beyond. I’ll be glad to help you find the lake place that’s right for you; some of my favorite NW WI lakes include the Eau Claire Chain of Lakes, Nelson Lake, Lake Minnesuing, Lake Nebagamon, Upper Saint Croix Lake, Whitefish Lake, the Minong Flowage, Gilmore Lake, Kimball Lake, Nancy Lake, Bond Lake, Leader Lake, Big Bass Lake, the McKenzie Lakes, Horseshoe Lake, and Webb Lake. To learn more about the cabins and lake homes for sale in northwest Wisconsin, give me a call at 218-590-6634. Or, you can reach me at jeanhedren@edinarealty.com.
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