by: SUBMITTED - CarsonRecently I was pleased to present a special preservation award to West Linn’s Sandy Carter and Peggy Sigler from the National Trust for their efforts to reopen the Willamette Falls Canal and Locks. First opened in 1873, the locks have played an important role in Oregon transportation and commerce for more than a century, connecting the upper and lower Willamette River.

Next weekend, on Oct. 5 and 6, you’ll have an opportunity to visit the locks and learn about this important regional treasure. Lock Fest will once again be celebrated, this year in combination with the Willamette Falls Festival. For the first time, Lock Fest will expand its festivities to two days.

Lock Fest will be on Mill Street and Highway 43 on the west end of the arch bridge, near the police station. There will be parking at West Linn High School and a shuttle service. 

It will feature booths from the West Linn Centennial Museum, the Willamette Falls Heritage Foundation, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and many others. On Saturday, there will be hourly tours of the West Linn Paper Mill and the Sullivan Hydroelectric Plant from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On both sides of the river, the Willamette Falls Festival will celebrate our area’s heritage, industry and culture with activities stretching from West Linn’s Willamette neighborhood to Clackamette Park. Featured activities will include fireworks, live music, a Grand Ronde cultural demonstration and recreational opportunities. Tours of the Blue Heron site will be offered on Saturday.

For more information about Lock Fest, please visit To learn more about the Willamette Falls Festival, visit

I hope to see you there!

Jody Carson is a West Linn City Councilor. Stay in touch with her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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