A. You can schedule a lockage by:
1) Hailing lock staff on Channel 14 on a marine radio;
2) Calling the lock staff;
3) Pulling the signal cord on the lock's guide wall. The cord should be halfway down the lock wall, with a small sign above it that says “PULL SIGNAL CORD FOR LOCKAGE."
When calling lock staff by phone or radio, identify yourself as north or south bound pleasure craft wanting to lock through, identify your boat name, and ask for the approximate wait time.
Slow as you approach the lock chamber for the no-wake zone.
Stay 400 feet away from the end of the lock wall to let other vessels exit.
Wait for the green light to enter the lock at no-wake speed.
Pull up to the side of the lock and hang onto a mooring line with your hand, usually these are ropes that are thrown down to you.
Turn off your engine so you don’t get carbon monoxide poisoning from the gas fumes.
Do not exit the lock until you hear a short horn blast which gives you permission to leave.
Single-file follow each other out at a no-wake speed.