Lock Through and Ride With the Lake Freighters

Experience locking through the Soo Locks

Much like the Great Lakes themselves, the Soo Locks are vital to Sault Ste. Marie’s tourism industry. Few attractions capitalize on this essence more than the Soo Lock Boat Tours. Throughout the warm summer months beginning in May these boats allow tourist to get a unique view of the Soo.

It’s quite literally history and a show as a tour conductor gives colorful descriptions of what the vessel is passing. With a bit of luck you’ll be able to pass by a freighter and get a full understanding of those mega bulk carriers’ incredible size.

Soo Locks Boat Tour in Sault Ste. Marie, MI

The Soo Locks have been referred to as one of the great wonders of the world and they are still the largest waterway traffic system on earth. Your Soo Locks Boat Tour will travel along the international shoreline of the lower harbor, allowing you to experience all the sights, sounds, and excitement of Michigan’s oldest city, Sault Ste Marie. Experience the Soo Locks Boat Tours for yourself to see why it’s one of Michigan’s top attractions and is recognized by AAA as a GEM® Attraction. Many departure times are available. The tour is approximately 2 hours long. You can call 800-432-6301 or book your tickets online.

What is Locking Through?

The Soo Locks sit at the northern end of the St. Marys River connecting Lake Superior and Lake Huron. The Locks make it possible for boats, of all sizes, to traverse the 21-foot difference between the upper river and the lower river better known as the St. Marys Rapids. Locking through is your opportunity to actually experience the tour boat raising, or lowering, with 22 million gallons of water fed by gravity (no pumps) into the Poe Lock.

Soo Locks Boat Tour Sault Ste. Marie, MI 

Lighthouse Cruise

Enjoy a Lighthouse Cruise with the Soo Locks Boat Tour. Enjoy riding through the Soo Locks and navigating in the St. Marys River. Explore this important waterway and pay attention to the variety of navigation markers which lead ships to the Soo Locks from Lake Superior.

Soo Locks Boat Tour in Sault Ste. Marie, MI

Soo Locks Boat Tours Dinner Cruises

Enjoy a relaxing narrated cruise on the St. Marys River and sight-seeing in the Sugar Island North Channel as you enjoy a delicious buffet-style dinner. After dinner, you will lock through the Soo Locks. The narrator will explain all the interesting sights along the two waterfronts of Sault Ste Marie, Michigan, and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.  While on the Upper St. Marys River, you will enjoy a delightful dessert.

Soo Locks Boat Tour Sault Ste Marie MI

The Soo Locks Boat Tour is an experience to remember. You will actually ride through the Soo Locks, quite possibly right alongside a freighter.  It is a maritime adventure that’s educational, lots of fun, and you don’t need a passport. Book your tickets online today here.