Mobile District: Lock Closures/Openings

Notice is given to mariners that Walter F. George and George Andrews Locks remain closed to all traffic.

Jim Woodruff Lock is available on a limited basis due to mechanical issues with the upper miter gate.

George W. Andrews, Walter F. George, and Jim Woodruff Lock Operators are present Monday-

Thursday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Locks will only be available when Lock Operators are present. If Operators are on annual or sick leave or absent for other reasons, vessels will not be able to lock through. ACF locks will be closed on all federal holidays.

All commercial vessels should schedule an appointment for lockage. Jim Woodruff Lock will be made available twenty-four hours per-day, seven days per-week, for appointments by commercial traffic.

Non-commercial traffic may be accommodated at Jim Woodruff Lock during the above hours, subject to availability of Lock Operators and in conjunction with maintenance activities, environmental operations, or in conjunction with other commercial traffic.

ACF Rivers Locks can be reached at the following numbers:

  • Walter F. George near Ft Gaines, GA- 229-768-0145
  • George W. Andrews near Columbia, AL-229-723-3482
  • Jim Woodruff Lock near Chattahoochee, FL - 850-663-4692

Boaters may also contact the Walter F.  George Powerhouse at 229-768-2635 or the Jim Woodruff Powerhouse at 850-663-2291.

Both powerhouses can be contacted 24 hours per day. All locks monitor marine channel 16.


Ashley N. Kleinschrodt
Chief, Navigation Section