If your plans include visiting the Upper Peninsula of Michigan this summer, embark on a memorable adventure with Famous Soo Locks Boat Tours! Immerse yourself in the incredible spectacle of the Soo Locks, located nearly one hour north of Mackinac Bridge in Sault Ste Marie. This engineering marvel manages various ships traversing the 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. 

Famous Soo Locks Boat Tours

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. Experience an up-and-down bound lockage on our Classic Lock Tour or one of our Saturday morning Lighthouse Cruises. Get up close with mighty freighters, marveling at their sheer grandeur against the backdrop of the historic Sault Ste. Marie shoreline.



Our Lighthouse Cruise offers maritime adventure from a sailor’s perspective of historic lighthouses and essential navigational aids. Immerse yourself in the fascinating tales of these iconic beacons as you sail through picturesque landscapes of the United States and Canada (no passport needed). Lighthouse Cruise 2024 Tickets: July 6, 20; August 3, 17, 3; September 14.

Famous Soo Locks Boat Tours



Elevate your event to extraordinary with a private charter cruise, complete with a dedicated crew, and room for up to 150 guests! Enjoy a fully licensed bar and catering options while touring the beautiful St. Marys River, iconic Soo Locks, or the picturesque Old North Channel of Sugar Island. Our tours are ideal for large groups – from bus tours and school field trips to charter cruises for your special event.

Famous Soo Locks Boat Tours



Experience the ultimate happy hour on a leisurely cruise blending relaxation and entertainment. Board at 4:45 and enjoy festive drinks, hearty appetizers, lively music, and scenic views along the St. Marys River to elevate your spirits throughout the cruise. Indulge in the perfect blend of relaxation and entertainment where the scenic views and vibrant atmosphere set the stage for a delightful evening! Reserve your ‘happy & relaxation’: July 18, August 15, September 19, October 10, 2024.