Remnants of Lock 17 N are 300 to 400 feet north of the SR 66 – SR 81 intersection on the west side of the Miami and Erie Canal. The canal continues to be of greater depth and steeper grade than other area locks.
Silt is composed of small particles commonly carried by moving water and settle in quieter water. Without canal maintenance, years of silt has filled in most of the canal in areas near locks 9 & 10. The narrow terrain of the Miami and Erie Canal in areas between lock 17 and lock 22 are examples of how half the canal was dredged out and the soil having been placed into the remaining half of the canal. Wider areas, such as those at Spencerville and Prairie Creek, have had recent extensive dredging.
Picture below is an iron anchor that held various wooden sections of the canal locks in place. This device is the most noticeable remaining remnant of the various wooden locks.