Today's Sault Star brings word that the famed Soo locks, which connect Lake Superior to the lower Great Lakes, opened to shipping yesterday.
It was a snowy start to the navigation season, to be sure, but apparently a dozen or so big lakers are set to bump their way through the ice, heading south toward the St. Mary's River and points beyond.
But if this news has you hungrily eyeing your own dust-covered vessel, you'd better hold up a bit (unless you've got a survival suit). A long winter in the Great Lakes region has led to a longer wait (at least compared to recent years) for ice-out. Up at the Sault, the Canadian lock, meant for pleasure boaters, won't budge until May 15.
For the full Sault Star story, click here.
To read about the closing of the locks, which only happened a couple months back, click here.