Crooked River Lock
Contact Lock staff: (231) 548-2271
*Crooked River Lock closed for the 2019 season on Sunday, October 27*
After that date, Emmet County Parks and Recreation Department open the gates and draw down Crooked Lake water levels to the maximum possible, leaving the gates fully open throughout the winter, as long as conditions allow. Tentatively, the Crooked River Locks will reopen in April 2020. Please check back here for an updated schedule which should be posted online in early-to-mid April.
Water Level Postings
You can access the daily water level readings through the Army Corps of Engineers’ web site; click here
The Crooked River Lock in Alanson
Daily and annual passes are available and must be permanently affixed to all watercraft.
If this practice is not followed a boater will not be allowed access through the Lock.
$10 per day
$30 season pass
|2019 CROOKED RIVER LOCK SCHEDULE|
|April 20 – April 21||9 a.m. – 5 p.m.|
|April 27 – April 28||9 a.m. – 5 p.m.|
|April 29 – May 19||9 a.m. – 5 p.m.|
|May 20 – June 30||8 a.m. – 9 p.m.|
|July 1 – August 11||8 a.m. – 10 p.m.|
|August 12 – September 2||8 a.m. – 9 p.m.|
|September 3 – October 6||9 a.m. – 5 p.m.|
|October 12 – October 13||9 a.m. – 5 p.m.|
|October 19 – October 20||9 a.m. – 5 p.m.|
|October 26 – October 27||9 a.m. – 5 p.m.|
THE CROOKED RIVER LOCK WILL CLOSE FOR THE SEASON at 5 P.M. ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2019.
Crooked River Lock under County operation
(2012) The Crooked River Lock in Alanson is under operational management by Emmet County, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Emmet County has entered into a sub-lease with the DNR to operate the lock for five years. The move came after more than a year of discussions with the DNR and following the recommendations of the Crooked River Lock Consortium. An agreement was signed by the Chairman of the Emmet County Board of Commissioners in early 2012.
The county’s Parks and Recreation Department handles management of the Lock.
The agreement allows the county to provide reliable, continued operation of the lock while decreasing passage fees and extending the boating season through the lock. The county encouraged this partnership, believing it will enhance recreational, economic and developmental impact in Emmet County and the surrounding communities along the Inland Water Route.
About the Crooked River Lock Consortium
The Crooked River Lock Consortium was formed in 2010 and consists of representatives from Emmet County, the townships of Bear Creek, Littlefield, Little Traverse and Springvale, and the village of Alanson. It also includes representation from the Pickerel-Crooked Lake Association.
The Consortium’s purpose is to look into the preservation, enhancement and continued operation of the Crooked River Lock in Alanson for the betterment of tourism and economic development, lake owners and also the boating public.
The Consortium is working with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Army Corps of Engineer to secure funding for maintenance of the locks, increased hours of operation and other needs as they arise.