Details for George Kemp Marina

George Kemp Marina

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Average rating 4.2 stars from 16 reviews

Address 485 E Water St
Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - NO

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info: Harbor Master on duty: 5/15 - 10/15
Hours: 6 am - 10 pm; after Labor Day 9 am - 5 pm.

Off-Season Phone: 906-632-3658


Be careful going in, current from the locks can push you around.





Tide & current additional info

No current on the inside, considerable on the approach.


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: 9
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - NO
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 60
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $1.25/ft (2016-07-22)

Other price info:


Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: No moorings or anchoring available.

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - NO

Additional info:

Pricing info: Included in the dockage.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand: Premium 91 octane no ethanol marine gasoline.

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Yes - Ramp from the docks to the parking lot.

Launch service


Pump out











Yes - 2 washers and 2 dryers, $1.50 each.


Yes - Within 1 mile.


Yes - Within 1 mile.


Yes - Good choices at reasonable prices within 1 mile walking distance along scenic way.


Yes - Withing 1/2 mile.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Numerous in the area.

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Reported August, 2014, good free WiFi, ATT LTE.

Reported August 2013, Medium strength Verizon 4G.

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Tony's Taxi, 906-259-1449. Soo Line Taxi, 906-440-5161.

Other services

Courtesy gas grills, picnic area, and bicycles.


Sits at the downbound exit of the Soo Locks. Self Tours of Locks. Valley Camp Museum ship next to marina. Soo Locks Boat Tours.

Reviews for George Kemp Marina
Great Marina in an odd town, 2016-08-13
Captain: , Pittsburgh (513)

The Marina and staff are very user friendly and helpful. The location is great for museums and watching the Soo locks.... as long as you don't want to take the dog anywhere. The town is very anti pouch for some reason and the lock parks are under the Coastguard control so no guns ( I understand) and no dogs?? To take our dogs for a walk and an off leash run was a 3 mile walk out of town.
The Main Street is very tourist focused with fudge and ice cream, and faux antique shops.
Certainly worth a visit once.

A VERY nice marina, 2016-07-22
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (2710)

I agree with the previous few posters regarding the marina and the town. We were really surprised just how nice it, and the staff, were.

We arrived mid-afternoon and did not spend much time sight-seeing, but I could see where 1.5 days here could be interesting.

well run, clean and good diesel prices, 2015-09-06
Captain: , Wilmington, DE (780)

we liked staying in this marina. staff was first rate and very helpful, the docks were in good condition and it was fairly well protected. the museum ship next door is well worth a visit. got to see the big freighters moving through the channel and positioning themselves for the locks. town was also fairly nice and the visitor center and viewing area for the locks was top notch.

We love this place, 2015-08-11
Captain: , Essex, CT (1675)

Too bad more Loopers don't get to Sault Ste. Marie. It's charming. The town is like a 1950's beach town with salt water taffy, funny gift stores and a great activity in watching the monstrous freighters lock through. The marina itself was also very nice. Good showers, clean facility, well maintained docks and good service from the dock staff. And even the fuel price was good -- $2.99 a gallon. The butcher in town -- at Neville's -- was one of the best we've been to. Fantastic steaks. And good access to full service pharmacies, good grocery store, great hardware and terrific and inexpensive taxis. What more can you ask for!

Nice Visit, 2014-08-13
Captain: , Elk Rapids (100)

We spent three nights here and enjoyed it. Restaurants are at least a half mile walk. Antlers was great food but too many stuffed animals on the wall watching you eat! The Palace was one of the best Tex-Mex places we've been in quite a while.

Cabs are available at $7 flat rate anywhere in the city, so getting around can be done.

Staff was helpful (a special thanks to Dennis for tips on running the river up from Detour) and eager to make our stay enjoyable.

great marina, 2014-08-10
Captain: , Naples, FL (1096)

Nice staff. Loaner bikes. Good laundry. Toured the historic buildings next to marina and it was excellent. There is no way to do any serious provisioning without a taxi. I took a bike to grocery store and could manage only two small bags. Nice grocery store though. Could not find any nearby restaurants.

Great marina!, 2014-07-10
Captain: , Montague, MI (140)

When we arrived they helped with customs check in, refueling and getting us in our slip. Nice little walk into town and they really have everything from gift shops to restaurants and the tour of the locks, very nice!

Great Place, 2013-09-25
Captain: , Monticello, IN (110)

Really nice well protected marina. Josh and the rest of the staff are great and keep the facilities spotless. Location is handy to downtown and to watch the ships entering and leaving the locks. Lots of good boating in the area. This is one of my favorite marinas, and just spent several days there this September.

Good Marina on the US Side, 2013-09-25
Captain: , Milwaukee, WI (358)

Convenient location close to downtown. Clean facility, helpful staff. The full size grocery store is quite a hike, but the marina has loaner bikes that make access much easier. I'd stop here again, though I have not been to the Canadian side before writing this review.

Excellent Marina, 2013-06-17
Captain: , Pultneyville, NY (852)

Friendly and helpful staff. Competitive fuel prices. Spotless restrooms/showers. Close to town and restaurants. Great spot to tie up.

great place to get fuel, 2012-08-27
Captain: , Bay City Mi (30)

We stop here on our way around Superior, fuel prices were $3.74 per gallon, we filled up on our way to Superior and on the way back.

Great place close to Town, 2012-08-23
Captain: , Bear DE (694)

Nice place to stay with clean restrooms and Laundry. Very helpful Staff.

Very Nice Marina, 2011-08-13
Captain: , Annapolis (208)

Another nice Michigan State marina. Several interesting attractions nearby. Downtown area within a good walk, although the city is doing major sewer work so some of the roads are just dirt mud piles. Saff at the marina was very helpful. Free loaner bikes

myboatfruiton, 2011-04-01
Captain: , Hammond Bay (1841)

Excellent marina with gas, diesel, and pump-outs available. Near town with groceries and restaurants within walking distance. Just a few hundred yards from the US locks so it is a quick access to the locks. The staff can arrange for mechanic's service if needed.

George Kemp Marina, 2011-03-09
Captain: , Macataw, MI (435)

This is an okay facility with great access to town and the restaurants. If you are entering the locks for Superior in the morning, this is the right place to stay. Local people are wonderfully helpful to boaters.

good place to stop before/after the locks, 2009-07-13
Captain: , White Bear Lake, MN (102)

limited services, but amenities like food, etc are within walking distance

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