Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

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An adventurous way to explore the historic waterway!

Lighthouse Cruises

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We offer both an Upper St. Mary’s River Lighthouse Cruise and a Lower St. Mary’s River Lighthouse Cruise. In addition, there is a Specialty Cruise - the DeTour Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society Cruise on Father’s Day.

Your cruise vessel is a U.S. Coast Guard inspected passenger ship. Amenities include an enclosed climate-controlled lower deck with snack bar and rest rooms.

A continental breakfast is served. Box lunches can also be provided with advance notice.

Departs per schedule below at 8:00 am from Dock 2.

Individual Passenger Rates

Upper St. Mary's River Lighthouse Cruise Rates
Per Person   $50.00
Children (3 and under)   Free

Call 906-632-2512 for reservations. Reservations are recommended.

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Lower St. Mary's River Lighthouse Cruise Rates
Per Person   $ Call for pricing
Children (3 and under)   $ Call for pricing

Upper St. Mary’s River Lighthouse Cruise

On the adventurous St. Mary’s River Lighthouse Cruise you will enjoy riding through the Soo Locks and experience navigating the Upper St. Mary’s River channel. As you explore this important waterway you will see the variety of navigation markers that lead the ships to the Soo Locks from Lake Superior.

Your boat will cruise past the light keeper’s residence at Cedar Point, which is still fully intact though unoccupied and is owned by a private individual. It is currently undergoing restoration. You will also view the remains of the original lighthouse on Round Island. Your boat will then head for Bay Mills Point and cruise along the shoreline to give you an up-close view of the cottages and residences leading up to the Point Iroquois. You’ll get a sailor’s-eye view of the very picturesque, fully restored Point Iroquois Lighthouse and light keeper’s residence built in 1871. As the boat turns you can look out into Whitefish Bay and marvel at the expanse of Lake Superior, the largest fresh water lake in the world.

Next, you will head into Canadian waters and view the Gros Cap Reefs Lighthouse, which is only accessible by boat. This is a Canadian owned and operated automated lighthouse. Other points of interest on the tour include the historic pumping station at Sherman Park, the Lakeshore-Shallows area, the old United States Coast Guard lookout station, the Pointe Aux Pins Range Lights, and getting a close-up view of the Canadian shoreline by Pointe Aux Pins where there are summer cottages, year-round homes, and beautiful beaches, and the American shoreline from Bay Mills Point to Point Iroquois. Weather concerns may dictate which points of interest can be visited. In this event, other points of interest or an alternate Lighthouse Cruise will be substituted.

The Upper St. Mary's River Lighthouse Cruise is approximately 4½ hours.

Lower St. Mary’s River Lighthouse Cruise

Come aboard an adventurous Lighthouse Cruise on the Lower St. Mary’s River.

This 45 mile journey between Sault Ste. Marie and DeTour Village traces the path of the early French Voyageurs. Your boat will navigate this historic waterway as you enjoy the scenic beauty of the various island chains that punctuate the river. Lighthouses are pointed out including the Round Island Lighthouse and the beautifully restored DeTour Reef Lighthouse.

The Lower St. Mary's River Lighthouse Cruise is approximately 5 hours.

Calendar

  • Pre-Season: May 12 - June 27
  • Call us at 906-632-2512 for possible departures.
  • July 9 - August 27
    Departs from Dock 2
  • Wednesdays at 8:00 am
  • June 28, July 5, September 6 - 27
    Departs from Dock 2
  • Saturdays at 8:00 am
  • Post-Season: September 28 - October 15
  • Call us at 906-632-2512 for possible departures.

Please see calendars for most current lighthouse cruise availability.

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