Belleville Locks And Dam - Ohio River

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Belleville Locks And Dam - Ohio River


(740) 378-6110


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This facility provides a navigational pool 41.5 miles upstream to Willow Island Locks & Dam, and is an integral link in the Ohio River navigation channel located at Reedsville. Construction Began in May 1962 and work is now completed. Construction of the locks was initiated in June 1963 and they were placed in operation 12 October 1965. The dam was started in September 1964 and the pool was raised to full height 1 November 1968. This area is along the Lewis and Clark route.

This system is located on the Ohio River, 203.9 miles below Pittsburgh, PA, and 0.5 miles below Belleville, WV, and replaced locks and dams No. 17, 18, 19 and 20 on Ohio River, Dam No. 1 on Little Kanawha River, and Dam No. 1 on Muskingum River.

The normal upper pool elevation is 582.0ft m.s.l. The upper pool length is 42.2 miles to Willow Island Dam. Its surface area is 8,900 acres. The normal lower pool elevation is 560.0ft m.s.l. with a normal lift of 22.0ft.

Map of Belleville Locks & Dam <Ohio River>

Latitude, Longitude: 39.118411, -81.739853



  • Boating

    This facility is open to navigation by all boats. There are three nearby boat ramps.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is available in the pools surrounding this facility.

  • Picnicking

    Two picnic areas and group shelters are located in the local recreation areas.

  • Water Sports

    Water sports are available in the upper and lower pools of this facility.


This facility is open year-round.

Phone Numbers


(740) 378-6110