We headed about a mile down the road from our campsite to the tourist area of Sault Ste. Marie. It reminded me a lot of the Dells, only a bit nicer. There were all the typical ice cream shops, fudge places and t-shirt shops, but we really only came into town for one reason which was to see the locks. The area is free for the public to come in and view the ships as they come into the Locks. They have a three level observation deck which was very nice. I was surprised how interesting it really was to see the operation up close. I didn’t think I was going to be able to get Steve to leave!!
The difference in water levels on either side of the locks is 21 ft, so if a ship comes in from the West, they have to lower it before opening the gates to let it out to pass on to the East. If the ship comes in from the East heading west, they have to raise it. It takes a lot of water to lift up a 1000 x 100 ship! Most of the ships we saw were carrying iron ore.
Also stopped by and got a few pictures of other attractions in the area, such as the Tower of History and the Valley Camp Museum Ship. We didn’t go through the tours, we just didn’t have the time, but they looked really interesting.