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5 years after $22M Fox River lock and dam project in McHenry started, ribbon-cutting highlights its full reopening

Chain of Lakes and Fox River lock fully reopen after delayed reconstruction

Pontoon boats enter the locks during a completion celebration of the $22 million improvement project of the Stratton Lock and Dam, 2910 State Park Road, in McHenry, on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. The dam, that is operated by Illinois Department of Natural Resources’s Office of Water Resources, to help ensure safe and efficient recreational boating on the Fox River Chain of Lakes. Close to 20,000 watercraft pass through the lock during the boating season.
People watch as workers navigate a large barge that only has eight inches of clearance through the locks during a completion celebration of the $22 million improvement project of the Stratton Lock and Dam, 2910 State Park Road, in McHenry, on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. The dam, that is operated by Illinois Department of Natural Resources’s Office of Water Resources, to help ensure safe and efficient recreational boating on the Fox River Chain of Lakes. Close to 20,000 watercraft pass through the lock during the boating season.
A large barge enters the locks during a completion celebration of the $22 million improvement project of the Stratton Lock and Dam, 2910 State Park Road, in McHenry, on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. The dam, that is operated by Illinois Department of Natural Resources’s Office of Water Resources, to help ensure safe and efficient recreational boating on the Fox River Chain of Lakes. Close to 20,000 watercraft pass through the lock during the boating season.
People look at he dam during a completion celebration of the $22 million improvement project of the Stratton Lock and Dam, 2910 State Park Road, in McHenry, on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. The dam, that is operated by Illinois Department of Natural Resources’s Office of Water Resources, to help ensure safe and efficient recreational boating on the Fox River Chain of Lakes. Close to 20,000 watercraft pass through the lock during the boating season.