MASSENA - St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation officials have announced that the Dwight D.Eisenhower Visitors Center, located at the U. S. Eisenhower Lock, will open on Fridayand remain open daily, including weekends, through Labor Day, September 2.
The Visitors Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. It provides tourists and ship watchers with an observation deck where they can view commercial vessels and cruise ships from around the world as they transit the lock.Guides are available to provide additional information to tourists.
Hundreds of ships from all over the world transit the St. Lawrence Seaway annually.They carry a wide variety of cargoes including grains, iron ore, coal, steel stone, steel slabs and project cargoes.
Due to security measures, visitors will be asked to leave all packages, bags, backpacks, etc. in their vehicles.For those necessary items that need to be carried into the viewing area, you may be asked to present them for inspection or have them checked by a metal detecting wand.This will be conducted at a manned checkpoint as you enter the Visitors Center area from the parking lot.
The Visitors Center had traditionally opened on the Memorial Day weekend, but was closed this year for on-going maintenance of winter weather damage.