Lowell Lock and Dam #3
Muskingum River Road
Lowell, Ohio 45744
Muskingum River Water Trail booklet
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About Lowell Lock and Dam #3
On river left. Camping is for through-boaters only. From OH-60, cross the river on the T-shaped bridge on Washington County Road 60. While paddlers can portage around the dam by using Buell’s Island, most of the island is private property, and brushy vegetation makes the portage less than desirable.
The Lowell Dam and Lock were constructed between 1837 and 1841. Its bypass canal runs parallel to OH-60 before connecting to the single-chamber lock, forming Buell’s Island. Buell’s Island is the largest of the river islands and was named for Perez Barnum Buell, a land developer in the area around 1838. A large recreation park with ball fields is managed by the Village of Lowell. Eleven historic buildings are found on the island, including the restored Strait Run School, built in 1860 and moved to the island in 1994.
About the Muskingum River
The Muskingum River is the longest navigable river lying wholly within Ohio. It has historically served as a transportation corridor to and from the Ohio River, and its abundant resources have sustained communities throughout history.
The hand-operated locks along the waterway have not inhibited its natural qualities; the river is home to abundant fish, birds, and wildlife. Cities along the river provide ample amenities for through-boaters and day-trippers alike. The area is rich in history and natural appeal, making it an ideal water trail destination for all types of motorized and hand-powered boats.
The Muskingum River is navigable from Dresden to Marietta. However, the river channel from Dresden to Ellis is unmarked and difficult to follow. Some of the tributaries that empty into the Muskingum River are also navigable for short distances and provide excellent fishing. The Licking River, which joins the Muskingum River in Zanesville, is navigable only b canoe or rowboat.
From Muskingum River Water Trail booklet
No restroom facilities at this lock.