DEC to close Lower Locks for winter

Two boats make their way through the Lower Locks during the Fourth of July holiday this past summer. The locks will be closed starting Monday and will reopen after ice-out in the spring. (Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

SARANAC LAKE — The state Department of Environmental Conservation will close the Lower Locks on the Saranac Lake chain of lakes effective Monday, Dec. 4.

The department closes the locks each year for the winter and will reopen them in the spring once the ice goes out. The DEC completed upgrades to the locks this summer and closes the locks to prevent damage to the hydraulic equipment that is located between Lower Saranac Lake and Oseetah Lake outside the village of Saranac Lake.

The DEC does not officially close the Upper Locks, which are operated manually and get frozen in place by ice during the winter.