Historical lock in Åby
Åby Sluss is a lock built in 1887 on the edge of the small village Åby on the north side of lake Helgasjön, about 25 kilometers from Växjö.
Åby Sluss is the southernmost lock in Sweden and provides a navigable link between the Helgasjön and the northern lake Skavenäsasjön. The lock is about 36 meters long and 5 meters wide and was the first of a series of planned locks to connect the lakes around Växjö. The plans were not realized, and it remained one lock only.
Formerly used for inland water navigation to promote the Växjö trading area, Åby Sluss is now used by recreational boats and the old steamboat Thor during summer cruises on the Helgasjön. The maintenance of the historical lock is carried out voluntarily by the local sports club Åby-Tjureda IF, which operates the lock for a small fee.