Melvin Price Locks & Dam #26

Melvin Price Locks & Dam #26

2 Lock and Dam Way Road
Alton, Illinois 62002

  • Phone: (618) 462-6979
  • Hours:
    Public Lock & Dam Tours at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
    Group Lock & Dam Tours by reservation: (800) 258-6645

See the best view of Alton and the Mississippi River from eight stories in the air atop the Melvin Price Locks & Dam. As one of the largest locks on the Mississippi River, the Melvin Price Locks & Dam No. 26 is central to river traffic for soybeans, corn, grain, asphalt and other commodities that are transported via the river. Take a guided tour of this fun attraction in Alton, Illinois, and see towboats and barges as they push their way through this incredible structure.

Melvin Price Lock and Dam is also a great place to watch American Bald Eagles as they hunt on the Mississippi! Keep an eye out for travelling and regional water birds like swans, pelicans, ducks, geese, and more!

*Group tours are managed by the Great Rivers & Routs Tourism Bureau- - call 618-465-6676 for large groups (10+) to arrange a tour!