Soo Locks

Get to know what it’s like to visit this destination.

Soo Locks

Get to know what it’s like to visit this destination.

Soo Locks

Get to know what it’s like to visit this destination.

Soo Locks

Get to know what it’s like to visit this destination.

Getting To Know The Soo Locks

Before the first locks were built on the St. Mary’s River, native groups, explorers, and fur traders all had to portage their cargoes around the rapids that connected Lake Superior and Lake Huron. In 1855, the first State Lock was built at Sault St Marie, making the 21 foot drop in altitude possible for vessels traversing the Great Lakes. Today, there are four locks operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers, with nearly 7000 vessels and 86 million tons of cargo passing through the locks annually. Fun fact: 90% of the world’s iron ore moves through the Soo Locks!

Our All-inclusive Visit

In the morning, we will navigate one of the four parallel locks – MacArthur (1943), Poe (1895), Davis (1914), and Sabin (1919). We’ll make a morning sail on Lake Superior and dock at Sault Ste Marie for the day’s excursions.

More about the Soo Locks…

On the grounds of the Soo Locks station, you’ll also find the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society, with public exhibitions and a museum store, where you can learn more about famous wrecks in the Great Lakes region.

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