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Unlock Special View of Pittsburgh for a Limited Time

Attention all boaters! The locks on the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers will open most summer weekends, allowing you to visit sights you couldn’t get to before.

photo by chuck beard


This summer, boaters will have the opportunity to see Pittsburgh from a different perspective, thanks to the opening of the upper Allegheny and Monongahela river locks.

Boat lovers from across the region will be able to enjoy the open waterways, passing through the locks during the new hours of operation announced by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District.

Through the public-private partnership of the Allegheny River Development Corporation and the Upper Monongahela River Association, the Army Corps is able to provide locking service to recreational boaters and contribute funds to pay for lock operators. Without this funding, the locks would be open only for pre-scheduled commercial navigation, due to historically low or no levels of barge traffic.

As today kicks off Memorial Day weekend, Allegheny River locks 4 through 9 will be open on weekends through Sept. 29. Locks 4 and 5 will be open each Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., with exceptions for holidays and events. Locks 6 through 9 will be open Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 8 p.m. with the exception of holidays.

The Monongahela River locks at Opekiska and Hildebrand will be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following days: May 25 and 26; June 1, 2, 29 and 30; July 7 and 20; Aug. 10 and 24; Sept. 14 and 28; and Oct. 12.

For a complete schedule of hours of operation, boaters can visit the USACE website. For more information, contact the Public Affairs Office at 412-395-7500 or email CELRP-PA@usace.army.mil.

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