Chilo: Living and Working with the Ohio River
The Chilo Lock and Dam #34 closed in 1964 with the opening of the new Meldahl Locks and Dam. The larger high lift dam raised the river's navigation channel to a minimum of 12 feet. This eliminated the need for Chilo and three other upstream wicket dams. Boats do not have to lock through as frequently, saving time.
The deeper channel allows the passage of boats
with heavier loads. The Meldahl Dam has two
locks, one 600 feet long, and one 1200 feet long.
The lock at Chilo was only 600 feet long,
meaning that a boat with a full 15-barge tow
would have to split its load and lock through
twice. A 1200 foot lock chamber allows boats to
lock through in one pass.
Erected by Clermont County Park District.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Disasters • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 38° 47.368′ N, 84° 7.915′ W. Marker is in Chilo, Ohio, in Clermont County. Marker is on County Park Road 0.2 miles south of Ohio River Scenic Byway (
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Flood of 1937 (a few steps from this marker); Locking Through (a few steps from this marker); Search Lights (a few steps from this marker); Chilo Lock & Dam #34 Powerhouse (a few steps from this marker); The Chilo Lock and Dam #34 Walking Tour (a few steps from this marker); Water Highways (within shouting distance of this marker); The "Rye" Field and Water Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); The Assistant Lockmaster's House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chilo.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 14, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 25 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 14, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.