We support the St. Anthony Falls Upper Lock as the centerpiece of an iconic civic and cultural destination, reflective of our shared history, for the use and enjoyment of all.

The Falls

The Falls initiative will transform the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock into an iconic visitor, interpretive, and event center connected to Water Works Park and anchoring the Central Riverfront experience on the mighty Mississippi in downtown Minneapolis.

Friends of the Lock & Dam

The Falls is an initiative of Friends of the Lock and Dam, a public nonprofit whose mission is to "re-purpose the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock to a world class destination visitor and interpretive center, consistent with the Central Riverfront Regional Park Master Plan and fully integrated with the Water Works/RiverFirst Initiative."

Latest News

A Great Day at Wilderness Inquiry’s Great River Race!

A Great Day at Wilderness Inquiry’s Great River Race!

September 16, 2018

HIDDEN FALLS REGIONAL PARK –by Kjersti Monson What a beautiful day for a paddle! I was excited to represent FL&D in the crowd of Great River Racers who swelled the banks of the Mississippi at Hidden Falls Regional Park yesterday. The McKnight Foundation, Wilderness Inquiry, the National Park Service, and others hosted the Great River … Read More

Upper Lock Featured in National Park Traveler Essential Guide

Upper Lock Featured in National Park Traveler Essential Guide

August 23, 2018

Here’s an excerpt! National Park Service rangers still take visitors on tours of the lock and dam, as it is part of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. But now there is a grand vision to transform the site, along with the historic stone arch bridge just downstream, into a major recreation area. John … Read More

MN Public Utilities Commission Upholds Public Interest at Upper Lock

MN Public Utilities Commission Upholds Public Interest at Upper Lock

August 16, 2018

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA — By Eric Roper, Star Tribune. August 16, 2018 State regulators dealt a major blow Thursday to a controversial proposal to generate hydroelectric power beside the Stone Arch Bridge, possibly derailing a project in the works for more than two decades. The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) voted to yank the remaining $3.5 million from a renewable energy … Read More