American Integrity entering Duluth

Makinaw Entering Duluth Port

Edwin H. Gott

Photo by Diane Hilden


The Lake Superior Marine Museum presents:

Return to the Soo Locks – Sault, Ste. Marie, MI 


2015 Summer Field Trip Invite - Soo Locks.pdf



Trip Details:


Thursday, July 30 – Saturday, August 1, 2015

Depart:  Duluth from the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center - 6:00 a.m.

Return:  To Duluth from Sault Ste. Marie – 7:00 p.m.


Space is limited! Secure your LSMMA Summer Field Trip reservation now! 

Mail in your form today or email the LSMMA at - 


Ground Transportation:

Only one LCS Coaches, Inc. motor coach has been reserved.

Cost:  $75 per person – pay to LSMMA 


Individuals are required to make their own hotel reservation. Call 906-632-4100 and ask for the LSMMA room block.

50 rooms have been reserved for our group.  Group rate:  $129.99 + tax per night.

Ramada Plaza Hotel Ojibway, 240 W. Portage Ave., Sault Ste Marie, MI 

Overlooking the Soo Locks, the Ramada Plaza Hotel Ojibway is a beautifully-appointed landmark hotel built in 1927. Nestled in the Sault Ste Marie’s historic Lockside District, the hotel is conveniently located near a variety of unique shops, restaurants and attractions. The hotel has two restaurants on site. 

Cost:  Individual pays own – Fees - $129 per night

Day One:

Thursday, July 30 – Duluth, MN to Sault Ste. Marie, MI  

Departs Duluth from the DECC at 6:00 a.m.

Lunch in Marquette, Michigan at Culvers Restaurant


Evening activities:

Travelers are on their own to explore historic Sault Ste Marie, the oldest city in Michigan, featuring excellent shopping and restaurants. 


Day Two:

Friday, July 31

The Soo Locks – A Special Guided Tour – 9:00 a.m. 

You’re invited to explore the Soo Locks complex. Special behind the scenes tour for LSMMA. You will have access across the Locks and into other facilities, like the Davis Building and the Administration Building. Both are historically important structures used solely for the work of one of the world’s busiest Lock systems. The special guided private tour includes the Power House and under the Soo Locks.

Cost:  No cost – complimentary! 

Valley Camp Museum – 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Explore an actual Great Lakes Freighter!

The Museum Ship VALLEY CAMP offers more than just a tour of her deck. Housed inside her massive cargo holds is a 20,000 square foot museum with over 100 exhibits! EDMUND FITZGERALD exhibit holds the two lifeboats from the stricken vessel.  Torn away during the sinking, these lifeboats are two of very few major artifacts recovered after the tragic demise.  The exhibit also features an hour long presentation about the events that occurred on November 10, 1975 which caused the tragic loss of one of the Great Lakes’ largest freighters.

Cost:  Individual pays own – Fees - $11 per person


Tower of History – 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Soaring 210 feet above Sault Ste. Marie and the Soo Locks, the tower has observation platforms for visitors to get spectacular views and photos of the world’s busiest inland shipping channel. In the view below from the Tower of History, one can see several historic houses, and the Museum Ship Valley Camp. 

Cost:  Individual pays own – Fees - $6 per person


Soo Locks Dinner Cruise – 5:00 p.m.

Cruise boards at 5 p.m. at Dock #1, departs promptly at 5:30 p.m.

A reservation has been made for our group. Spend the evening on one of Michigan’s top attractions as you enjoy a leisurely cruise on the St. Mary’s River. The 2.5 hour narrative cruise includes a complete dinner buffet and dessert. After the meal, cruisers will experience “locking through the Soo Locks.”

Cost:  $45 per person – pay to LSMMA


Day Three:

Saturday, August 1 – Sault Ste Marie, MI to Duluth, MN 

Departs Sault Ste. Marie from the hotel at 8:00 a.m.


Curley Lewis Memorial Highway – Point Iroquois Lighthouse – 9:00 a.m. 

From birch bark canoes to giant ore freighters, this unique point of land has influenced travel for centuries.
Our museum reveals the stories of the lightkeepers and their families through family album photographs, antiques, and artifacts. Learn about the fourth order Fresnel lens that could project a light for sixteen miles. Climb the 72 steps to the top of the tower for a picturesque view of Lake Superior. Observe the freighters traveling through Whitefish Bay as you walk along a cobblestone beach in search of agates. Browse through our book shop, which offers a wide selection of historical readings about the Great Lakes. Step back in time and visit our west wing exhibit. The assistant keeper's apartment is restored to the way it looked in the early 1950's.

Cost:  Individual pays own – Fees - $9 per person


Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum - Whitefish Point Light Station – 10:00 a.m. 

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum is the only one of its kind dedicated to the perils of maritime transport on the Great Lakes. It is fittingly located at Whitefish Point, Michigan, site of the oldest active lighthouse on Lake Superior.

Cost:  Individual pays own – Fees - $9 per person


Lunch in Marquette, Michigan at Culvers Restaurant

Return to Duluth – 7:00 p.m. (estimated) 





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 Open Everyday 
 10:00 am - 4:00 pm