Walkers Dam


Updated April 18, 2017
Regrettably, the boat lock gates at Walkers Dam are inoperable.  Portions of the system sustained significant damage this past weekend. 

The locks are now closed and will remain closed until repairs are made. 

We are investigating the circumstances, the degree of damages, and once we have more information we will be in a position to estimate when the locks can be returned to service. 
Originally built in the early 1940’s by the War Department, the City of Newport News purchased the dam and pumping station soon after the war and has maintained and operated them ever since. The dam creates the lake from which Newport News Waterworks withdraws the majority of its raw water to sustain its treatment process for public water supply. The dam is located 22 miles above where the Chickahominy enters the James River and is a tidal barrier (about three feet above sea level) that minimizes saltwater intrusion into the upstream water supply intakes.

» Download the Walkers Dam Boat Lock Gate Instructions.


If you have any questions, please contact Waterworks Public Information Office at 757-926-1062.