Soo Locks Sees Last Ship Before Closing for Season

The sound of freighters traveling through the locks will not be heard again in Sault Ste. Marie for a couple of months.

The Soo Locks officially closes at midnight to shipping traffic.

It will reopen March 25.

Despite wind chills around zero Monday afternoon, self-proclaimed boat nerds gathered in the Soo to say farewell to another shipping season.

After a couple of days stuck in the ice down river, the Edwin H. Gott made its way up-bound.

People met at Rotary Park to catch one last glimpse before the Gott continued on to Duluth.

Not even this cold weather could stop them.

“Us boat nerds, we are kind of a special crew. We kind of stick together, support each other, share photography,” said Kari Eliason.

The Army Corps of Engineers will use this two-month shutdown to work on various projects on both locks.