About Muskingum River Parkway

This area has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and is recognized as the Muskingum River Navigation Historic District, In its day, the system of locks and dams that extends through southeast Ohio helped open the state and the entire Midwest to trade and development. The only remaining complete system of hand operated locks in the nation, these locks are still operated for recreational boats today. This mighty river drains approximately 1/5 of the state of Ohio or 8,036 square miles and is 112 miles long. In 1824, steam-powered paddlewheelers joined flatboat and keelboat traders to generate public support for river navigation. West Point graduate Major Samuel Curtis designed a system of 10 dams and 11 locks to connect thwe Muskingum River to the Ohio and Erie Canal at Dresden. Opened in 1841, the system provided navigable waterways from Marietta to Lake Erie. The Muskingum River Parkway was designated as an Ohio State Park. In 2001, the Muskingum River locking system was designated as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.This designation recognizes the lock system as one of the nation's great engineering marvels, along with the Golden Gate Bridge, The Empire State Building and the Hoover Dam. A trip on the Muskingum in not complete without locking through one of the 10 locks, which are still manually operated. To plan a trip be sure to contact the park office at 740-453-4377 or visit parks.ohiodnr.gov>muskingumriver

Features & Amenities

Campgrounds, Boat Ramps, Restrooms

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