The McAlpine Locks and Dam Visitor Area is located at 805 North 27th Street, Louisville, KY 40212. From I-64 West, take the 22nd Street Exit. At the bottom of the ramp, turn right onto Northwestern Parkway. Head straight and turn right onto 27th Street.
There is a small metal sign "McAlpine Locks and Dam" at 27th Street. Follow the road to the right and go through the levee and across the railroad tracks. Please watch for pedestrian and bike traffic along the Riverwalk. Follow the signs to the visitor area. McAlpine is accessible via the Louisville Riverwalk.
At the outdoor interpretive center, there are recorded audio messages - a self-guided tour - about the locks and dams, navigation and history of the area at kiosks along the cantilevered pavilion that extends out over the lock chamber. You may see barge tows passing through. A public fishing area can be accessed from the fixed span high-lift McAlpine bridge. No other parcels of the island are open to the public nor is picnicking permitted at the fishing area parking lot.