Famous Soo Locks

July 25, 2021

Famous Soo Locks Boat Tours featured on Awesome Mitten #MIAwesomeList

Famous Soo Locks Boat Tours featured on Awesome Mitten #MIAwesomeList

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We were so happy to host Leah & Matt and their family from #awesomemitten for a lock tour! Famous is proud to be featured on their #ultimatesummerbucketlist for the #MIAwesomeList2021! Here’s a partial take away from the wonderful article they wrote on our behalf along with a link to the full article:

“If you want to visit the Upper Peninsula of Michigan this summer, make it memorable by touring the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie. Located nearly one hour north of Mackinac Bridge, this engineering marvel manages various ships as they traverse St. Marys River between Lake Superior and Lake Huron. It dates back to the mid-1800s and allows freighters more than 1,000 feet long to move along the route, which stretches from Duluth, Minnesota, to the Atlantic Ocean.

While about 7,000 vessels travel through the Soo Locks every year — making it the busiest inland shipping channel in the world — around 500,000 people go to watch and take the journey themselves. You can do that too on the lighthouse cruise with Famous Soo Locks Boat Tours. The company loves providing fun yet educational adventures in this historic area.”

The Famous Lighthouse Cruise

The Great Lakes have unpredictable waters and have been the scene of numerous shipwrecks for hundreds of years. That’s why there are so many lighthouses around Michigan’s borders. Several of them along the shores of Lake Superior have interesting stories that you’ll hear on The Famous Lighthouse Cruise.

This 4.5-hour tour will visit Bay Mills Point, Birch Point, Round Island, and beyond, giving you a sailor’s view of the lake’s historic lighthouses. Included is a maritime adventure into Canadian waters for a panoramic, close-up of Gros Cap Reef Lighthouse, which is completely surrounded by water. It’s the only way to see the tower.

Throughout the journey, the Famous Soo Locks Boat Tours guide will narrate an in-depth history of each lighthouse and other navigational aids. You’ll even learn about the freighter traffic that cruises past and their importance to the region.


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