MASSENA -- The Dwight D. Eisenhower Visitors' Center at the Eisenhower Lock will open for the season on May 23.
It will be open daily, including weekends, through Labor Day.
The hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and it is free to the public.
The Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce will operate a gift shop featuring items from local vendors, souvenirs, gifts and Seaway memorabilia as well as provide tourist information to visiting guests. It will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Due to security measures, visitors are asked to leave all packages, bags, backpacks etc. in their vehicles. For those necessary items that need to be carried into the viewing area, visitors may be asked to present them for inspection or have them checked by a metal detecting wand. This will be conducted at a checkpoint upon entering the visitors’ center area from the parking lot. The center may periodically close to visitors at the discretion of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.
The center is located off state Route 37 in Massena. Turn right at the traffic light at the St. Lawrence Centre Mall main entrance if approaching westbound or left if heading eastbound. The entrance is 1.5 miles on the right.
For up-to-date information on estimated vessel transit times, call 769-2422 for a voice recording of that day’s projected lockage schedule. Additional information is available online here. It includes a map which updates every 15 minutes with details on ships in transit within the seaway system.