"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

Floating ideas for Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock

Floating ideas for Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock

October 19, 2019

By William Morris for Finance & Commerce | October 19, 2019 It’s been four years since the last barge passed through Minneapolis’ Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock, and a group hoping to convert the site into the focal point of the downtown riverfront says it’s still years away from happening. Nonprofit coalition Friends of the … Read More

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 for Star Tribune | October 11, 2019 (photo by Glenn Stubb) 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 … 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