Alma, Wisconsin is a small town that sits on the Mississippi River just south of the twin cities area. It is a bluff town with many historic buildings that make for a charming little village.
Lock and Dam #4 is in the town of Alma, Wisconsin and it is a pleasant surprise. A parking area sits between highway 35 and the railroad track. On the other side of the railroad tracks is the Lock and Dam # 4. So in order to get near the Lock and Dam you need to cross the railroad track.
A bridge rises high over the railroad track and you can take the steps from the parking area over the train track to a landing where you can watch the Lock and Dam. As we walked over the bridge a train came and rolled under us. It as a scary experience at first but after awhile as the train rumbled past it turned out to be a fun experience as we watched the top of the train go under us. The bridge is made of a mesh so you can see through it below where you stand.
After watching the train travel under us we went to see the Lock and Dam at work. A barge approached from the north and we watched as it parked in the lock. The water was allowed to run out of the lock and once it was the same level as the water on the other side the lock was opened and the barge was allowed to float out and go on its way down the river.
While the boat was in the lock the workers on the boat waved at us and even talked to other people who were there. If the workers were not careful they could have fallen into the water around the boat.
After watching the barge go south down the Mississippi River we headed back to the parking lot by walking over the bridge. Another train came and we stood and watched it from on top of the bridge as well. It was a hot day when we were there and the train made a pleasant breeze as it rolled by.
Alma, Wisconsin is a treat to visit. If you go take a minute to visit the Lock and Dam. You can read more at http://www.almawisconsin.com/attractions.html.