Dashields Locks and Dam


Pittsburgh District
Published Jan. 10, 2024

Dashields Locks and Dam is one of six major Pittsburgh District river facilities on the Ohio River. It is the only fixed crest type dam still in service on the Ohio River. This facility maintains the navigation pool for 7 miles from Glenwillard, Pa., upriver to the Emsworth Locks and Dam near Pittsburgh. 

Project Information 
Dashields Locks and Dam consists of two lock chambers and a fixed crest dam, one of the major types in use. This dam is basically a concrete wall across the river which keeps the channel deep enough for navigation and for residential and industrial water supply users. Dashields averages about 450 commercial lockages every month, plus another 200 to 300 lockages of pleasure craft during the summer months. 

Dashields was constructed from 1927-29 and opened for navigation in August 1929. It eliminated Lock and Dam 3, an old style wicket dam, which was built by the Corps from 1899-1907. The structure was named after David Shields, a member of a prominent local family and long-time postmaster of Old Sewickley Bottom in the 1800s. 

Dashields Lock lies on the left descending bank a few miles upriver from Aliquippa, Pa. The project is off Route 51 near the small town of Glenwillard and across the river from the nearby residential communities of Edgeworth and Sewickley. 

100 Dashields Lock Road
Coraopolis, PA 15108-5417