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Lake Superior Ice Breaking Efforts to Start Next Week in Thunder Bay

Mar 14, 2020 06:01AM ● By Editor
The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alder breaks ice near a windsled Wednesday, April 3, 2013 near the harbor in Bayfield, Wis. on Lake Superior. The Madeline Island ferry plans to resume running on Friday. Most traffic across Lake Superior between Bayfield and Madeline Island is either via the ferry or, in the depths of winter, the ice road. But when the ice is either breaking up or settling into its winter thickness, people can get across only by the wind sled - an enclosed boat-hulled craft with huge fans on the back that push the vehicle across the shifting ice.. The wind sleds are usually in action for 10 to 14 days at the beginning of winter and about a week in the spring, though the duration varies each year.  Photo: MARK HOFFMAN/[email protected]

From NetNews - March 13, 2020

The Canadian Coast Guard would like to residents of Thunder Bay, Ontario that the United States Coast Guard Cutter ALDER is conducting icebreaking operations in the area on or around March 17, 2020.

On March 13, 2020 the USCG Alder is in Duluth, Minnesota.

Once icebreaking begins, it is recommended that all recreational users of the ice – pedestrians, fishers, snowmobilers, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) operators – leave the ice during icebreaking operations.

The ice may move, creating a real danger for anyone on the ice. Additionally, they should plan their activities carefully and use extreme caution after operations are complete as the ice will remain unstable after the icebreaker has left the area.

Coast Guard icebreaking service on the Great Lakes and connecting waterways is delivered in close co-operation between the Canadian and United States Coast Guards. By working together the two Coast Guards ensure scheduled vessel traffic can move through the shipping channels and into and out of community harbours.

Ice Levels on Lake Superior

Currently, the 11.9 percent of ice cover on Lake Superior is on pace for the lowest ice cover in eight years. The last time the maximum ice cover extent on Lake Superior was under 10 percent was in 2012.

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