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Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan: Tour a Great Lakes Freighter

SS Valley Camp is over 100 years old and still floats. Inside is an exhibit about Great Lakes shipwrecks, including two lifeboats from the doomed Edmund Fitzgerald. Big and impressive-looking even for landlubbers who don't go on board.

SS Valley Camp

501 E. Water St., Sault Ste. Marie, MI
SS Valley Camp. Just south of the Canadian border. At the east end of E. Water St., where it meets the north end of Johnston St.
M-Sa 10-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Valley Camp freighter.

Tour a Great Lakes Freighter

It was cool to see what made up a freighter. It's a museum, so there are tons of things to see and read. My 10 and 12 year old boys went and they enjoyed it as well.

[Christopher, 08/11/2023]


Tour a Great Lakes Freighter

The ship is huge! There is also a nice view of the St Marys River, and from the same parking lot you can take boat cruises through the Soo Locks.

[Ducks5921, 10/31/2018]
SS Valley Camp

SS Valley Camp is a retired lake freighter. It sailed the Great Lakes for 50 years. Now it sits as a museum that people may tour.

[Ivy Schmidt, 07/14/2017]

The 100-year-old freighter is considered the most intact, unmodified example of its kind. 550 feet long. Still floats. Visitors can walk all over the ship.

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