Soo Locks Shipping Season Officially Begins

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Photo by Jim Lehocky

The Soo Locks are open for business!

Wednesday is the first day of the shipping season on the St. Marys River.

At one minute past midnight, the H. Lee White entered the Poe Lock on its way to Duluth.

The Lee is the first of many freighters that will make opening day a busy one. Several other vessels are scheduled to go through the locks.

The Soo Locks Park is closed to visitors until further notice because of the coronavirus, but one family got to take it all in from a safe distance. Mikahla Pung, a High school student from East Jordan, went on a night trip with her mom.

“We were just going to drive up and see the boats and watch them Lock through and go home,” she said. “We’ve done stuff like this, but not to this extent because normally I want to do this but normally I am in school so I can’t come.  But this year I can…because of no school.”

The locks have been closed for winter maintenance since Jan. 15.

Jim Lehocky

Jim Lehocky joined the EUP News team back in 2015 as a meteorologist. In 2010, he married Elena Rasaiah in Sault Ste Marie and in 2011, he and his son, Mitchell, moved to the Soo to reside. Jim continues to live in the Soo while covering breaking news, sports and providing special feature stories across the Eastern U.P. for 9&10 News. He is a licensed drone pilot. In his spare time, he likes to check out the freighters passing through the area with Mitchell and Elena. He frequently takes dramatic drone and ground video of freighters for the Sault Area Convention & Visitors Bureau where his videos can be seen at or his son, Mitchell's page at

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