Coast Guard to break ice in Green Bay

The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(CLEVELAND) — The Coast Guard is scheduled to conduct icebreaking operations in the bay of Green Bay west of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., on Monday.

Recreational users of the ice should plan their activities carefully, use caution near the ice, and stay away from shipping channels and the charted Lake Carriers' Association track lines as the ice is already in an advanced stage of deterioration due to above average temperatures, rain and fog.

The Coast Guard cutter Mobile Bay is scheduled to depart Sturgeon Bay and transit to and from the bay of Green Bay.

Scientists from NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory will be aboard the cutter to document the ice thickness and ice formation. The sampling operations will likely occur in areas traditionally used by recreational users such as, but not limited to the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal and central areas of Green Bay, north of Peshtigo Reef light but south of Chambers Island. Every effort will be made to minimize the cutter’s wake and subsequent impact on the ice field.

Further inquiries may be made by phone to Sault Vessel Traffic Service at 906-635-3232 or via email at

By Professional Mariner Staff