Construction of Miraflores Locks
Stories from the United States' relationship with the Panama Canal, in celebration of its centenary
The Miraflores Locks are the exterior-most locks on the Pacific side of the Canal and the most ‘touristy’ of the three locks. The second locks on the Pacific side are the Pedro Miguel Locks and they are bigger than the Miraflores locks. The two steps provide an average elevation of 16.5 meters. However, due to the large variation of tides in the Pacific side, the elevation can vary from up to 19.7 meters to a minimum of 13.1 meters. The Miraflores Locks were in completed in May of 1913. They were the second set of locks to be completed, almost a year after the Pedro Miguel locks.