The Cascade Locks


The Cascade Locks are amongst the most impressive canal engineering achievements in the country. This “staircase” of locks was designed to carry the canal over the north- south continental divide which, at its summit, is 340 feet above the canal outlet at Cleveland.

Nearly destroyed following the demise of the canal, the area is being rescued by the Cascade Locks Park Association and other interested groups.

Here you may see the lock remnants of the canal and its parallel millrace that supplied the area with immense waterpower. These two features resulted in the genesis of the City of Akron-the locks leading to commercial development and the millrace to industrial development.

At the base of the Cascade is the beautifully restored Mustill’s Store-a canal landmark that now houses canal exhibits and memorabilia. Just south of North Street, at the base of the millrace was Schumacher’s Cascade Mills, later to be known as Quaker Oats.


                                          Schumacher Mill


Locks of the Cascade


Located on North St west of Howard St.

For more information: Cascade Locks Park Association




Canal Era Cascade