Old River Lock

A TOW BOAT moves through the Old River Lock as it prepares to enter the Mississippi River below the southern tip of Concordia Parish on Saturday. The lock is located where the Atchafalaya and Mississippi once connected. The 75 feet wide, 1,185 feet long structure has a floor depth of 11 feet below sea level. According to the Corps of Engineers, the structure “allows recreational and commercial traffic between the Mississippi and the Red and Atchafalaya rivers. The majority of the traffic is petroleum, chemicals, agriculture, and aggregate products. Approximately 15 tows travel through the lock each day.” (Concordia Sentinel photo)


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