We found an easy put in about a mile from the locks. Laurie has a neat inflatable kayak and she pumped it up while the guys shuttled the cars to the take out down river from the locks.
We had quite a group of Kayakers.
We floated towards the locks .
We paddled under the widest bridge in the US.
The locks are at the end of the bridge. Once we reached the locks we had to paddle back to the other side and wait for the lock to fill up before the doors were opened. The lock tender told us to hold on to the sides of the canal as the current would get pretty strong. Well, there isn't much to hold on to, and as I was reaching for a large beam to grab hold onto I reached way too far and dumped my kayak. I managed to get back in before the current swept me to the locks, but my camera was dumped also. Dead camera. The day was really hot, so I did get cooled off.
We went through two locks. Each lock raised about 50 ft then the doors were opened and the water lowered really quickly.
This is the first lock.
Its a fun ride as the the water level lowers and it happens within a matter of minutes.
Once on the other side of the locks the canal flows pretty slowly. You can see the original locks in the picture above.
Later that evening, I went back to the locks with my IPhone and took some pictures of the closed locks. This is a picture of the full lock.