Smithland Lock and Dam

Smithland Lock and Dam is the 18th Lock and dam on the Ohio River, 919 miles down stream of Pittsburgh and 63 miles upstream from the confluence of the Mississippi with the Ohio. There are 2 locks for commercial barge traffic that are 1,200 feet long by 110 feet wide.[1]

Smithland Lock and Dam
Smithland Lock n Dam pan.jpg
LocationKentucky/Illinois border
Coordinates37°09′59″N 88°25′42″W / 37.1664°N 88.4284°W / 37.1664; -88.4284Coordinates: 37°09′59″N 88°25′42″W / 37.1664°N 88.4284°W / 37.1664; -88.4284
Construction began1971
Opening date1980
Operator(s)United States Army Corps of Engineers logo.svg United States Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District
Dam and spillways
Type of damConcrete fixed weir with 11 Tainter gates
ImpoundsOhio River
Length2,951 feet
Normal elevation324 feet above sealevel


Smithland lock and dam was authorized in 1965 to replace lock and dam 50 and 51 on the Ohio river.

John T. Myers Locks and Dam
Olmsted Locks and Dam

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  1. ^ "Louisville District > Missions > Civil Works > Navigation > Locks and Dams > Smithland Locks and Dam".

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