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Upper and Lower Saint Anthony Falls lock and dam statistics released for the 2011 navigation season

Published Jan. 23, 2012
ST. PAUL, Minn. – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Exactly 3,709 vessels and 764,951 tons of cargo passed through Upper Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam and 2,582 vessels and 766,553 tons of cargo passed through Lower Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam, both located in Minneapolis, during the 2011 navigation season from March 31-Dec. 3.

Of the Upper Saint Anthony Falls vessels, 1,487 were commercial, 2,079 were recreational and 143 were of the other category, such as government watercraft.

Of the Lower Saint Anthony Falls vessels, 837 were commercial, 1,650 were recreational and 95 were of the other category.

The MV Becky Sue was the last tow to pass through these locks Nov. 23.

During the 2010 navigation season, 4,033 craft passed through Upper St. Anthony Falls – 1,471 of them commercial, 2,450 of them recreational and 112 others. In 2010, the amount of commodities transported through this lock was 663,935 tons.

During the 2010 navigation season, 3,137 craft passed through Lower St. Anthony Falls – 813 of them commercial, 2,266 of them recreational and 58 other – and the amount of commodities transported through it was 664,410 tons.

Navigation statistics fluctuate from year to year, depending on the weather, the flows and the length of the navigation season.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, serves the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. It contributes around $175 million to the five-state district economy. The 700 employees work at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states. For more information, see


Release no. 12-008