Crooked River LockCrooked River Lock

7983 Lake Street
Alanson, MI 49706
Phone: (231) 548-2271

We appreciate everyone’s patience as the 2020 opening of the lock was delayed this season due to the shutdown of county facilities to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We were excited to get the lock open prior to the start of the Memorial Day weekend and hope everyone will have a safe and enjoyable time this year out on the water!

The lock will be operational in 2020 as follows:
     • May 22 – June 28,  from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
     • June 29 – August 9,  from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
     • August 10 – August 30,  from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
     • August 31 – October 4,  from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
     • October 10 – 11 (weekend only),  from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
     • October 17 – 18 (weekend only),  from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
     • October 24 – 25 (weekend only),  from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Daily and annual passes are available and must be affixed to all watercraft. If this requirement is not followed, a boater will not be allowed access through the lock.
Fees are $10 per day or $30 for a season pass


Crooked River Lock and Weir Water Levels are regulated in accordance with the regulation plan outlined in paragraph 36(c)(5) of Department of the Army Lease No. W911XK-1-12-3005. Upstream and downstream water levels are collected at Alanson’s Crooked River Lock by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. These hourly water level readings are available to the public in cooperation with the State of Michigan and Emmet County.


In 2010, the Crooked River Lock Consortium was formed to look into the preservation, enhancement, and continued operation of the Crooked River Lock in Alanson. The consortium was seeking to promote tourism and to enhance the recreational, economic and developmental impact in Emmet County and the surrounding communities along the Inland Water Route.

The consortium consisted of representatives from Emmet County, the village of Alanson, as well as the townships of Bear Creek, Littlefield, Little Traverse and Springvale. It also included representation from the Pickerel-Crooked Lake Association. The group worked with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Army Corps of Engineer to secure funding for maintenance of the locks, increased hours of operation, and other needs that might arise.

Following the recommendations of the Crooked River Lock Consortium, Emmet County entered into a sub-lease with the DNR to operate the lock for five years and an agreement was signed by the chairman of the Emmet County Board of Commissioners in early 2012 and has continued to be renewed.

The agreement allows the county to provide reliable, continued operation of the lock while decreasing passage fees and extending the boating season. Emmet County’s Department of Parks and Recreation oversees operational management of the lock, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Army Corps of Engineers.

More details are available in the archived minutes of the Crooked River Lock Consortium’s meetings:
     • Meeting on October 27, 2010
     • Meeting on December 1, 2010
     • Meeting on January 26, 2011
     • Meeting on February 23, 2011
     • Meeting on March 30, 2011
     • Meeting on April 28, 2011
     • Meeting on September 29, 2011

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