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Eisenhower Lock, Massena

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The Eisenhower Lock is one of the seven canal locks on the St Lawrence River leg of the St Lawrence Seaway.

This lock provides a 38 foot lift for ships heading upstream.

It is one of two locks located near Massena, New York.

The lock was constructed to bypass the portion of the St Lawrence River known as the Long Sault. The US Army Corps of Engineers planned and supervised the construction.

Actual construction was performed by Peter Kiewit Sons Co., Morrison-Knudsen Co., Perini Corp., Utah Construction Co., and Walsh Construction Co.
The lock was originally named the "Robinson Bay Lock" and was renamed after President Dwight Eisenhower after his term was over. The lock, and the nearby Bertrand H. Snell Lock are part of the Wiley-Dondero Canal. Construction was complicated by the need to not interrupt the waterflow to nearby hydro-electric installations.

The St. Lawrence Seaway was dedicated on 26 June 1959 at a ceremony in Montreal. Key speakers were President Dwight Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth II. The following day there was a second dedication ceremony at the Eisenhower Lock. Key attendees were Queen Elizabeth II, Vice President Richard Nixon and New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller.
In 1972 a tanker, the MV Venus, exploded while transiting the lock.
On June 18, 2015, the cruise ship Saint Laurent collided with the lock, causing it to be drained, and closed for almost two days.
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  • Very disappointed by the lack of educational information. There is nothing explaining how the locks work. Only pictures of the construction without captions. There is a phone number to call and... 
    Very disappointed by the lack of educational information. There is nothing explaining how the locks work. Only pictures of the construction without captions. There is a phone number to call and...  more »
  • A Must see when visiting Massena. You will see ships from many locations- man foreign. IT is a education to see the ships lowred and raised in the Lock 
    A Must see when visiting Massena. You will see ships from many locations- man foreign. IT is a education to see the ships lowred and raised in the Lock  more »
  • After leaving a nearby park, we figured to stop by the lock since none of us have never seen one. It was a good time to stop by because we got the see the lock in action since a ship was going... 
    After leaving a nearby park, we figured to stop by the lock since none of us have never seen one. It was a good time to stop by because we got the see the lock in action since a ship was going...  more »
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  • We had the best time watching the ships come into the locks
  • Great place to visit and see the ships that travel the Great Lakes. Recommend, also, taking a drive West down 131 to Hopsons Bay, about five minutes away ( not too far past the Alcoa Plant). We were able to park and walk a couple hundred yards up the path, where you can get a real close view of the ships underway. They move faster than you might think. This is also a very nice place to get up close photos. A bonus is that as the ships pass the bay, they send in a surge of water which is really interesting to see, as it comes in almost like a tide does. It has to be seen to be appreciated!
  • Great place to see shops and the canal lock! Sadly due to covid the observation area is closed but the north parking lot is open
  • Amazing place. Drive through the tunnel while huge ship is just above.
  • Cool experience. Kids enjoyed watching the ships come through

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