The New Lock at the Soo Project receives nearly $479 million for the Corps of Engineers' mega project in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The New Lock at the Soo is currently in Phase II of construction with Phase III expected to be awarded in Spring 2022.
It's a tight fit for two boats in the Soo Locks approach canal at the same time in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Corps of Engineers policy requires that boats be secured to the pier while the departing vessel passes. Look closely and you will see deckhands standing by to cast off the Barker's lines and lead the vessel into the lock once the tug/barge has passed.
Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center transitions to winter schedule. The Detroit District’s Duluth Area Office Visitor Center winter schedule will begin the week of Jan. 16, 2022 and will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Great Lakes basin experienced drier conditions in November, with below average precipitation throughout the region. Periods of colder air during the month also led to increased evaporation off of the lakes. The Lake Superior basin experienced exceptionally dry conditions and the provisional net basin supply to the lake was a record low for the month of November. Lake Superior’s water level declined 4 inches from October to November and continues to be below long-term average levels.
Detroit District Hydraulic Engineer, Matt McClerren demonstrates flow measurement on the Detroit River and how the Corps of Engineers estimates monthly flows the fifth ‘On the Level’ video.
Detroit District's Virtual Visitor Center series from Oct. 2021 to April 2022.

Regulatory Public Notices

LRE-1973-162630-S21

1/18/2022
Proposed Groins with Sand Pre-fill in Lake Huron at Port Huron

LRE-1990-2000050-S22

1/11/2022
PROPOSED REISSUANCE OF THE REGIONAL PERMIT FOR MINOR WORK, STRUCTURES AND DISCHARGES OF DREDGED AND FILL MATERIAL IN MICHIGAN

LRE-2020-00006

3/5/2021
REISSUANCE OF NATIONWIDE PERMITS AND FINAL REGIONAL CONDITIONS IN MICHIGAN

Other Public Notices

Installation of Removable Stop-logs, St. Marys River, Van Buren Street Bridge, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana

12/27/2021
The City of Fort Wayne, Indiana has requested permission pursuant to 33 U.S.C. § 408 from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District (USACE) to alter the Flood Control Project, by modifying the existing concrete flood walls at the Van Buren Street bridge, which was reconstructed to allow for the installation of removable stop logs to allow for continued use of the bridge during flood events. See Public Notice linked below for details.

Manistique Sewer Under Manistique River, Manistique, Michigan

12/3/2021
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Detroit District, is soliciting comments from the public for a project proposed by the City of Manistique, MI to horizontally directionally drill (HDD) a 14-inch and 8-inch sanitary sewer siphon line under the USACE navigation channel project located on the Manistique River in Manistique, MI.

Lime Sludge Lines, Under St. Joseph River Flood Control Levees, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana

10/25/2021
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Detroit District, has prepared a Preliminary Finding of No

Latest News Releases

Corps of Engineers receiving $561 million from infrastructure bill for Michigan, Great Lakes
1/19/2022
DETROIT - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Detroit District is receiving $561 million in fiscal year 2022 of Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and Disaster Relief Supplemental...
Soo Locks closing for seasonal repair, maintenance
1/13/2022
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich., - The Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan will close to marine traffic beginning 11:59 p.m. January 15 through 12:01 a.m. March 25 to perform critical maintenance.The...
Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center transitions to winter schedule
12/20/2021
DULUTH, Minn., – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is transitioning the operating hours of the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center in Canal Park to its winter schedule after the holidays.The Detroit...

News Stories

Logistics team removes area offices’ excess equipment
9/16/2021
In the early morning hours of their five-day trip to Duluth, Minnesota, the Detroit District Logistics team were quietly loading excess equipment onto a flat-bed truck headed south.The equipment’s...
Developmental assignment offers growth, connection for USACE employee
7/7/2021
DETROIT - He cannot get enough of the Great Lakes; some might say he’s hooked.By day, John Allis is the Great Lakes Hydraulics and Hydrology Office Chief and by night, he enjoys being in, on or around...
Corps of Engineers student trainee heads to med school
6/28/2021
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich., -A Lake Superior State University graduate is gaining valuable work experience with the U.S. Corps of Engineers’ Soo Area Office as an Industrial Hygienist-Intern before...

Photos

The lockcrew observing the tugboat Fredrick, which is surrounded by ice during the winter of 2014, in which 92 percent of the Great Lakes froze over.
Floating plant in the Poe Lock
Signals
Tall Ship at the Soo Locks
Job shadowing
Trimming intake pipe
Rigging
Maintenance at Indiana Harbor
September morning
Late night viewing
Detroit District Relay Team
Boating and Water Safety
Ultimate Frisbee
Tall Ship passing through the Soo Locks
Ship watching in Duluth
Inland Route Cheboygan
Saltie arrives in Duluth
Lower Lock Gates
East Approach
Ship arriving in Duluth
The Livingstone Channel
Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center
Cleaning the locks
How do the locks work?
Exhibits at the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center
Winter maintenance on the MacArthur Lock

Videos