Whitefish Bay Ice Breaking Operations

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USCG Cutter Mackinaw
Photo Credit: boatnerd.com

On Monday 23 March 2015, the United States Coast Guard will begin breaking ice in Whitefish Bay and the Upper St Marys River.  This work will be performed in preparation for the start of 2015 Commercial Navigation Season.  Initially, U.S. Coast Guard Cutters MACKINAW and ALDER will perform the work.

On Monday March 23rd, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter MACKINAW will transit the Soo Locks to establish tracks from the upper St Marys River to the ice edge in eastern Lake Superior.  The ship will join US Coast Guard Cutter ALDER sailing from Duluth, MN and together prepare tracks in Whitefish Bay.  At the start, the two ships will limit their ice breaking activities to the charted Lake Carriers Association (LCA) track lines.  Eventually all the ice in Whitefish Bay and the upper St Marys River will be broken to facilitate its deterioration.

All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) operators, snowmobiler’s, and other recreational users of the ice should avoid any proximity to the shipping channels, plan their activity carefully, and use caution near the ice.  Additionally, all ice fishermen should remove their ice shacks from areas close to the shipping channels.

Further inquiries can be made by phone to Sault Vessel Traffic Service at (906) 635-3232.