Kevin E. Sprague began his federal career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, Soo Area Office in 1992 as a member of the St. Marys River branch performing navigation channel maintenance. In 2000 he became the Chief of the Lock Operations Branch and eventually Chief of both Lock Maintenance and Lock Operations. In 2010, Mr. Sprague was selected as the Soo Area Engineer. He spent his entire federal career in support of the Great Lakes Shipping Industry.
As Area Engineer he was responsible for the most important navigation project in the Great Lakes – the Soo Locks. He was also responsible for federal hydropower facilities and was the onsite representative for the International Joint Commission’s Lake Superior Board of Control. His effort in support of the economic study for construction of a new lock at the Soo and telling its story was crucial for its subsequent funding.
Mr. Sprague is a graduate of Lawrence Technological University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan.
Mr. Sprague retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2022, after a 30-year career at the Soo Locks.