Recreational Boats in the Soo Locks

Ever wonder what procedures are necessary in order to pass through the Soo Locks with a recreational boat?

If a recreation boat requests transit through the Soo Locks for an upbound or downbound passage and if they have a marine radio on board, they can call

  • Chief Lockmaster on Channel 14, 156.700Mhz.
  • Call sign for the Chief Lockmaster is WUE 21.

The lockmaster will then dispatch the vessel into a lock.

If a recreation boat does not have a marine radio on board, there is an intercom system on the East Center and West Center piers with a complete list of instructions on how to contact the Chief Lockmaster for a lock transit either upbound or downbound. The intercom on the piers is a push button system that goes directly to the Chief Lockmaster. The lockmaster will then assign the pleasure craft to a lock.

Pleasure crafts wishing to transit the Soo Locks must have a propulsion motor. Personal Water Craft are not allowed to transit the locks.

There is no charge for any vessels, whether they are commercial ships or pleasure craft to transit the locks.

The length of time it takes to transit the locks will depend on the amount of traffic using the locks at a particular time.

To learn more about the Soo Locks, visit our website here.