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You'll probably end up going through the small locks (to the south). We usually just turn circles in the area behind the dam waiting for the locks to open. They will light up a stoplight green when it's OK to go through. Going through the small locks is no big deal. You can do it with two pretty easy. You'll just tie up to bollards on a wall that will float up with the water level. It's always easier to do it with three so the helmsman doesn't have to deal with the stern line but still no big deal.

The large locks are a little more work but still not a huge deal. Make sure you have two 50' lines ready if you're going through the large lock. You can bend docklines together to make the 50' lines. Going westbound is pretty easy in the large locks. Just hand the line to the handler and they will slip it on a bollard. You have to have someone on your boat handling the bow and stern lines though as they need to be let out as the water lowers. Sometimes they'll raft a smaller boat onto a larger boat so all you need to deal with is the rafting part.

It's always better to go through not on a sunny weekend because they'll pack it full of meatheads that don't know what they're doing. Best have a boat hook on hand to fend off.
 
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