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Photo Contest

Attention shutterbugs! The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District invites you to enter your pictures in our photo contest! As you enjoy the Soo Locks, Duluth Ship Canal and Great Lakes piers and harbors keep your camera handy to capture the great landscapes, boats and piers that are only found on the Great Lakes. Submit your digital photographs starting May 2, 2016 at 8 a.m. through May 15, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. by following the Contest Rules here.

Boat Schedule Hotline

906-253-9290

The boat schedule hotline is updated periodically through the day from 9:30 a.m. until 9 p.m when the Visitor Center is open.

Soo Locks Visitor Center

People have been coming to Sault Sainte Marie since the 1850s to watch boats passing through the locks.  By the 1880s a public park ran alongside the canal and lock with strolling paths, a fountain and places to sit and watch the boats passing.

In 1966, as the second Poe Lock neared completion a Visitor Center was constructed in the Upper Canal Park to serve visitors coming to watch the construction and the boats passing through.  This center expanded in 1995 with the addition of a theater and more exhibit space. 

Open from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. from Mothers Day until mid October every year, exhibits in the center help visitors learn more about how the locks work, the boats that pass through and the role of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the Great Lakes.  Front desk staff post estimated boat schedules in the Visitor Center and maintain a ‘boat schedule hotline’ at 906-253-9290.

Although the Visitor Center is open seasonally, the park is open year round, from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. in the summer months, 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. in May, September and October and from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. during the winter.

Within the park an observation platform stands alongside the MacArthur Lock providing great views of boats in the locks.  This platform features glassed in areas to protect visitors from inclement weather and a ramp allows access for wheelchairs and strollers.

Center Opens May 8, 2016

The Soo Locks Visitor Center is closed until May 8, 2016.

The park and observation platform are open daily from 9 a.m. until  9 p.m.