Coast Guard cutters to begin ice breaking at Sturgeon Bay, Green Bay

STURGEON BAY ⎯ The shipping season will start very soon, as will the spectator season for maritime buffs in Door County, as US Coast Guard cutters begin to break the ice Monday in the bay of Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay Canal, along with other waters in the region.

The cutters Mackinaw and Mobile Bay will start their “Spring Break Out” to prepare regional waterways in advance of tanker movements, as US Oil will resume the shipment of fuel products to the Port of Green Bay at the end of the week.

Ice breaking operations are likely to take place in areas used for winter recreation. In a press release, the Coast Guard asked snowmobile and ATV operators, ice fishermen and other recreational users of the ice to recognize the instability of the ice, plan their activities carefully and use caution near the ice, especially when near charted navigation areas.

According to the Coast Guard, likely waterways for ice breaking operations include, but are not limited to, the Sturgeon Bay Canal, Fox River, Green Bay Entrance Channel, Menominee River Entrance, and the waters of Green Bay from the Minneapolis Shoal Light to the Fox River Entrance.

Ice breaking work will increase the following week as ice conditions are expected to deteriorate rapidly, with weather forecasts for the coming week predicting local air temperatures in the 40s and 50s and ice thickness not reaching its usual levels this winter. Commercial navigation into the region is also expected to increase in the coming weeks.

Contact Christopher Clough at 920-741-7952, 920-562-8900 or [email protected].

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