Canton Riverfront & Ferry
Lock & Dam 20
Lock & Dam 20 is located at the north end of the Riverfront area. Visitors are welcome from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. each day. The lock & dam was completed in 1936 and is maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Visitors to the dam can sit and enjoy watching a towboat lock through, bald eagles in the winter, or pleasure crafts on the water.
Come enjoy a relaxing time in Mississippi Park. Located just south of the Lock and Dam, Mississippi Park provides 23 camping pads each capable of 30 or 50 amp service. The park also has a shelter house/picnic area and a playground area for children. Reservations for camping pads are handled by the City of Canton and can be made by calling 573-288-4413. Click here for a map of the campground and rules and regulations.
Come take a ride on the Canton Ferry, the longest continually operating ferry on the Mississippi, chartered since 1853. The ferry operates between the landing on the Canton Riverfront to the landing at Meyer, Illinois. The ferry carries all size vehicles from bicycles to semi trucks. The current ferry was put into operation in 1994 and is operated by John Balmann. The Canton Ferry runs from 8-7 on weekends and 7-7 Monday through Friday. The ferry operations would be suspended during icing conditions on the river. Cost to ride the Ferry:
Automobiles are $8.00 one way $15.00 round trip
Bicycles and Motorcycles - $5.00 one way $9.00 round trip
Pedestrians $4.00 one way and $7.00 round trip
Semi's $14.00 flat fee
please call the 217-440-3738 to verify hours of operation.
South Riverfront Park
Park your car and watch the boats meander up and down the river. You can view the ferry crossing the river, watch bald eagles as they fish the waters and maybe catch a glimpse of one of the "Queens" (Delta, American or Mississippi) as they travel from St. Paul to New Orleans. A boat ramp is also available at this end of the riverfront.