Tourism is a prime industry for "The Soo", Sault Ste Marie Michigan. The oldest city in the state brings visitors in from around the world to see ships pass through the Soo Locks, where international commerce ships make their way between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes. Located on the Canadian border across the St. Mary's River from its sister city of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, the oldest city of that province, The Soo's point at the eastern edge of Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula makes it an ideal place to get away from it all.
Sault Ste Marie derives its name from nearby rapids and the archaic French word of Sault, which means rapids, or waterfall. The locks and nearby casinos, as well as the numerous inland lakes and area forests combine to accentuate your time hear at the Lake Superior shoreline. Fishing in Sault Ste Marie is part of what drew Native Americans to the site, and it continues to be a favorite draw today. In 1920, Ernest Hemingway was quoted as saying, "At the present time the best rainbow trout fishing in the world is the Rapids at the Canadian Soo". While fishing in Sault Ste Marie, at the rapids you can expect to catch rainbow trout and whitefish as well as migratory Atlantic, Chinook, pink and coho Salmon, steelhead and brown trout. Occasionally, you'll hook a walleye, small-mouth bass or lake trout. Spin casters should head here during the spring and fall spawning runs, and the over 140 days of aquatic insect hatches promise fly anglers a great opportunity to display or hone their skills. Steelhead and salmon can be pulled from the waters at the tributary rivers and bays of Lake Superior, and lake trout and brook trout swimming the inland rivers and lakes round out the quality of fishing in Sault Ste Marie.
High rocky ridges overlooking scenic waters make hiking around Sault Ste Marie Michigan a dream. Brooks running through the stunning green forests and secluded beach sites will amaze and intrigue you along the Voyageur Hiking Trail. For a dose of historic Sault Ste Marie, stroll along the St. Mary's River downtown and read the informational plaques that give you stories of the city's past. For an unforgettable way to take in the eye-popping scenery, try the Agawa Canyon Tour Train. Among the top train tours in North America, from Sault Ste Marie you'll head 114 miles north culminating with a two-hours stopover at Agawa Canyon to marvel at the granite cliffs and numerous waterfalls. Contact a Passenger Sales Representative at 1-800-242-9287. Wherever you head outdoors here, you will be impressed with the cleanliness of the air, and the splendor of the natural beauty.
Sault Ste Marie Michigan is the terminus of I-75, so
is easy to find for those driving as their means of arrival
here. From Detroit, regular
flights will bring you to Chippewa County International
Airport, located in Kinross, Michigan on the grounds of
the former Kincheloe Air Force Base. However you arrive,
you will find lodging at various Sault Ste Marie Hotels,
including a number of national chains among the options.
For a different experience, you might book a small cabin
at Countrywood Cabins, or enjoy the quiet intimate waterfront
rentals at River Cove Condo Rentals & Charter Service.
For business or pleasure, look into the Kewadin Casino
Hotel & Convention Center, for the overall experience.
When you visit Sault Ste Marie Michigan, and you should,
you will find an outdoor haven where golfing, hiking, fishing,
boating, skiing, gaming,
wildlife viewing and so much more make this an outdoor
experience of noteworthy quality. The 750 foot vertical
drop at Searchmont Ski Resort on the Ontario side, claims
its importance as the only Midwestern ski slopes actually
located on a mountain. It is simply one of many ways to
enjoy this wonderful area.