There is a toll auto ferry service crossing the Mississippi River just below Lock & Dam #25. The last photo shows a view of the dam from inside a vehicle while crossing the river. This allows once to see directly into the lock. Like the Lock & Dam #24 photos, we see that part of a barge tow is tied up below the lock while the other part of the tow is being pushed through the lock.
The east side of the Mississippi is part of a finger of land that lies between the Mississippi River and the Illinois River. Known as the land between the rivers, it is a highly productive farming area. But at the same time, it is remote and desolate, with little in the line of gas stations or other places to stop while traveling. It is amazing that one can be only a few dozen air miles from a major city like Saint Louis, yet be in an area that feels like the land that time forgot.