Crooked River LockCrooked River Lock

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

The US Army Corps of Engineers owns the Crooked River Lock and leases the facility to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Emmet County Parks and Recreation Department operates the Lock with a sub-lease through the DNR in order to raise and maintain the water level of Pickerel Lake and Crooked Lake, which had dropped considerably after completion of dredging in the mid-1950s.


The lock will be operational in 2022 as follows:
     • To be announced soon


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 $45 for the 2021 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:
     • Draft Minutes for April 15, 2021 meeting
     • Agenda for April 15, 2021 meeting
     • Draft Minutes for December 16, 2020 meeting
     • Minutes for September 29, 2011 meeting
     • Minutes for April 28, 2011 meeting
     • Minutes for March 30, 2011 meeting
     • Minutes for February 23, 2011 meeting
     • Minutes for January 26, 2011 meeting
     • Minutes for December 1, 2010 meeting
     • Meeting on October 27, 2010

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