St. Marys River

CHICAGO, IL (AP)--   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a plan to tackle the most serious threats facing Lake Huron and the St. Marys River. 

A report made public Friday by EPA's regional office in Chicago assesses the lake's ecosystem problems, sets research and monitoring priorities and outlines steps toward improvements.

It says Lake Huron is in "fair" condition overall. Among challenges are chemical contaminants, invasive species and nutrient pollution.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   A driver in Chippewa County is lucky to be alive, after he became trapped in his partially submerged vehicle over the weekend. 

Saturday around 11:30 a.m. Sheriff’s deputies and State Police responded to a report of a vehicle entering the St. Marys River at the end of 9 Mile Road. Several people in a boat found a vehicle partially submerged in the river with a man still stuck inside. Officers learned that the 73-year-old driver had driven into the water several hours earlier, but couldn’t get out of the car.

Vessel grounded in St. Marys River freed

Aug 14, 2017

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The cargo vessel Calumet, a 629-foot ship that ran aground on the north side of Sugar Island Wednesday, was re-floated Friday, at approximately 8:50 PM, after the Coast Guard approved a salvage plan submitted by the vessel’s owner.  

The St. Marys River, which had been closed to commercial vessel traffic from the Soo Locks to Six Mile Point following the grounding, was reopened at 9:30 p.m. Friday after the Army Corp of Engineers surveyed the bottom of the river in the vicinity of the grounding and found that no debris was obstructing the channel.

U.S. Coast Guard

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   A freighter has run aground in the St. Marys River in Sault Ste. Marie.

The Coast Guard reports the 629-foot Calumet ran aground on the northern side of Sugar Island Wednesday around 11:40 p.m. It wasn’t carrying any cargo. 

The freighter was coming from Essar Steel in the Soo, Ontario and was headed to Brevort, Michigan when it became stuck.

Officials say no injuries are reported and no pollution has been detected.

DNR debating Eastern U.P. land purchase

May 5, 2015

RABER TOWNSHIP, MI--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is considering whether to go forward with a land purchase that would give the public more access to the St. Marys River in Chippewa


The Mining Journal of Marquette reports the state would pay $156,000 for roughly 6 acres of land in Chippewa County's Raber Township. An agency memo says the parcel includes a 300-foot harbor structure, and that the land would provide shelter for boaters, canoers and kayakers.

International Bridge's piers to be inspected

Apr 21, 2015

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   The bridge linking the U.S. and Canada in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is getting an underwater inspection. 

The Michigan Department of Transportation says the work scheduled for April 27-29 involves inspecting the International Bridge's piers below the water line in the St. Marys River.

The $51,000 inspection will use digital recording devices to examine and record the condition of the piers in areas not visible above the water line.

Soo locks now open

Mar 25, 2015

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   Another cargo shipping season is underway on the upper Great Lakes.

The navigational lock complex at Sault Ste. Marie was to open Wednesday just after midnight after being closed since January 15 for routine maintenance.
The Soo Locks on the St. Marys River are operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   The brimming water level on Lake Superior has led a Canadian-U.S. regulatory board to increase the outflow through gates on the St. Marys River at Sault Ste. Marie.

The International Lake Superior Board of Control says the flow setting of the control structure at the head of the St. Marys Rapids will increase Wednesday, and it warms anglers to beware of changing flow and water levels.

The board says rising river water will flood some low-lying areas of Whitefish Island, submerging and damaging some recreational trails and facilities.

Ice on St. Marys River idles freighters

May 5, 2014
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PORT HURON, MI (AP)--   The calendar says May, but the Great Lakes still are showing signs of winter.

More than a dozen freighters at times have been parked in lower Lake Huron because ice in Lake Superior and the St. Marys River is limiting travel. The U.S. Coast Guard says 40 percent of Lake Superior remains covered by ice.

Glenn Nekvasil of the Lake Carriers' Association tells the Port Huron Times Herald "this is extreme." The big ships haul coal and iron ore.

Jeannette Zells counted 14 freighters in Lake Huron as she ate lunch Thursday at a Port Huron park.