"We support the St. Anthony Falls Upper Lock as the centerpiece of an iconic civic and cultural destination, reflective of our shared history, and our stewardship of clean water, 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

Plan to remake lock and dam, Minneapolis riverfront taking shape

Plan to remake lock and dam, Minneapolis riverfront taking shape

October 11, 2019

By Eric Roper | October 11, 2019 (photo by Glenn Stubb, Star Tribune) Early funding is falling into place for an ambitious plan to remake the lock and dam beside the Stone Arch Bridge into a public riverfront attraction celebrating Minneapolis’ birthplace. A nonprofit group, Friends of the Lock & Dam, says it is on … Read More

Former County Commissioner, Mark Andrew, Joins Initiative to Transform Lock & Dam into World-Class Visitors & Interpretive Center

Former County Commissioner, Mark Andrew, Joins Initiative to Transform Lock & Dam into World-Class Visitors & Interpretive Center

October 10, 2019

Via an October 10 News Release: Mark Andrew, former Hennepin County Commissioner and chair of the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners, has been named president of Friends of the Lock & Dam (FL&D). The nonprofit’s mission is to create a destination visitor and interpretive center at the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock, called The Falls Initiative, at … Read More

Rowing the Mississippi Together to Close the Gap

Rowing the Mississippi Together to Close the Gap

September 15, 2019

September 15, 2019 Friends of the Lock & Dam was proud to sponsor the City of Minneapolis canoe in Wilderness Inquiry’s 2019 Great River Race, the Race to Close the Achievement Gap! Learn more about this amazing annual event here. Mayor Frey led a team of Minneapolis staff in a strong showing, paddling for the … Read More