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Soo Locks

Lake Superior, Sault Ste. Marie, MI
+1 800-647-2858
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Fascinating place

Hard to imagine that this sort of engineering has existing for so long. Great place to visit... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Educational and Fun

We have gone through the Panama Canal so we knew what to expect. These locks are smaller and, for... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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“visitor center” (102 reviews)
“boat tour” (88 reviews)
Lake Superior, Sault Ste. Marie, MI
+1 800-647-2858
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Hard to imagine that this sort of engineering has existing for so long. Great place to visit, regardless of age

Thank thewanderer61
Reviewed 4 days ago

We have gone through the Panama Canal so we knew what to expect. These locks are smaller and, for me, the experience was even better. Take the ferry through the locks. See the museum. Spend some time on the viewing stand, preferably late in the...More

Thank Mitz50
Reviewed 4 days ago

When you look at how the locks were built and when you can't help but be amazed. It is exciting to watch these huge ships travel from one side to the other, to see the water levels change .When you're standing in the viewing area,...More

Thank Linda B
Reviewed 5 days ago

Loved the Soo Locks. Spent 2 hours (they flew by) watching 4 different ships go through the Locks. It's amazing to watch the ships rise and fall with the water in the Locks! Will visit again.

Thank Mindy C
Reviewed 6 days ago

I enjoyed the narration and the views, especially the view of the steel plant from the water. They take you through the big Soo Locks and a little one built for Ontario. That was cool! I would recommend it for adults, the kids may not...More

Thank amcg101
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went through the locks with the Soo Locks tour boat to get the actually experience and watch it from the boat. It was fun and interesting to experience and would recommend it if you have never gone through a lock system, which I had not....More

1  Thank Rick S
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is so interesting to watch boats both up bound and down bound in the St. Mary's river, coming through the locks. There are several places around town to views the boats, but the main Army corp grounds have a nice, multi level platform to...More

Thank Jabubet
Reviewed 1 week ago

Over they years, I have been here numerous times and I will always come back. The viewing area is great. It gives you a chance to see the lake freighters up close.

Thank Denny R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visitor center is excellent with up-to-date information on what boats will be coming through in both directions and at what time. Can watch approaches on live video. Displays and guide provide answers to questions and a great deal of history of the locks on both...More

Thank djlind
Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw both a freighter and the tour boat go through the locks. It was fun to see the whole process. The lobby had the schedule of ships going through that day. There were plenty of facts and history to review.

Thank N2783ZOkevinm
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15 July 2017|
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Response from Greenfrogtrike | Reviewed this property |
Not necessarily. Channel traffic varies widely from nothing for hours to one every 30-40 minutes. Download "FindShip" for graphical update that shows time, location, and direction of ships in area.
21 April 2017|
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Response from heypotters8 | Reviewed this property |
No you do not need a passport
1 September 2016|
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Response from Al B | Reviewed this property |
Go inside the white building by the main gate and it will be posted when they have it and they will also answer any questions you may have.