The Coast Guard started breaking ice in the lower St Marys River in preparation for the 2018 shipping season.
To date, icebreaking activity was focused in the lower river, south of Munuscong (Mud) Lake. This Friday, the Coast Guard will extend their icebreaking activity into the southern half of the West Neebish Channel, working from Mud Lake Junction Light north to Saw Mill Point.
The Coast Guard plans to open the West Neebish Channel in its entirety on March 24th. Coast Guard officials are working with the Eastern Upper Peninsula Transit Authority to ensure the Neebish Island Ferry is able to operate throughout the break out process.
Recreational users of the ice should plan their activity carefully, use caution near the ice, and stay away from charted navigation areas.