Soo Locks Boat Tours, Sault Ste. Marie

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The Soo Locks are a set of parallel locks which enable ships to travel between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes. They are located on the St. Marys River between Lake Superior and Lake Huron, between the Upper Peninsula of the US state of Michigan and the Canadian province of Ontario. They bypass the rapids of the river, where the water falls 21ft. The locks pass an average of 10,000 ships per year, despite being closed during the winter from January through March, when ice shuts down shipping on the Great Lakes. The winter closure period is used to inspect and maintain the locks.
The locks share a name with the two cities named Sault Ste. Marie, in Ontario and in Michigan, located on either side of the St. Marys River. The Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge between the United States and Canada permits vehicular traffic to pass over the locks. A railroad bridge crosses the St. Marys River just upstream of the highway bridge.
The first locks were opened in 1855, and were, along with the Erie Canal, one of the great infrastructure engineering projects of the antebellum United States. They were designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966.
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  • It was cloudy and intermittent rain but it was a wonderful boat ride and I enjoyed every minute.. we took wonderful pictures and also saw a water spout.. due to the weather..  more »
  • We really wanted to do the dinner cruise on a September Sunday night for our anniversary, but we did not make reservations in time. We ended up going on the regular tour, which was still fun! It’s a g...  more »
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  • Expand your experience by going through the locks! You get to learn some great history too. Don’t forget to go into the visitors center. They show how it all works.
  • Excellent tour...guide was so knowledgeable and experienced. Captain was great...chatted with us and signed our book. Great tour!!!!

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