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Soo Locks, Sault Ste. Marie

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See how 10,000 ships travel between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes every year at Soo Locks. Historically significant, the first versions of these locks were built in 1855 to accommodate a 6.4 m (21 ft) drop between Lake Superior and Lake Huron, and they still are noted for their engineering prowess. Today vessels traveling through the lock system here transport more than 86 million tons of cargo. The locks are named for the two cities on either side of the St. Marys River, one in Michigan and one in Canada. Both cities are names Sault Ste. Marie, with Sault pronounced as "Soo." The locks now make up 2.6 km (1.6 mi) of a canal that is run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Make Soo Locks a part of your Sault Ste. Marie vacation plans using our Sault Ste. Marie trip itinerary planner.
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  • Our 6 year old really enjoyed watching the big boats come in. It was also neat to learn about why it needs to do it. It's in a great location in town so there are little shops and restaurants in walki...  more »
  • This is an engineering marvel that allows marine craft of all sizes to be lifted or lowered between the great lakes. Don't miss this. There are many great restaurants on the Michigan side to eat at an...  more »
  • The Soo Locks is not only very important to shipping around the world, it is also a great and fun place to visit! I never miss the opportunity to visit the Locks when I'm there. Be sure to go into the...  more »
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  • Pretty cool watching the ships pass!! Cool little walkway that has signs with history info on them!
  • It's pretty and very unique.. no boats when I was there but it's really I sight to see and many areas to walk around. Totally worth it
  • Great place to sit and watch freighters go thorough the locks. If you go on Engineering Day you can walk across the Locks and see the post office in the middle of the locks.
  • It's neat visiting here and seeing the freighters going through. A true titan for the regional economy!
  • Great place to do homework and watch the freighters go by :)