The Coast Guard plans to expand spring ice breaking operations into the bay of Green Bay on Monday, April 1.
During the ensuing days, icebreaking operations will involve fracturing ice and track preparations to the port cities of Escanaba, Marinette-Menominee, and Green Bay.
Ice breaking and track work will also occur west of the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal. The timing, schedule, and locations of operations will depend on weather and wind conditions.
Coast Guard officials say ice breaking operations may take several days to complete. Commercial carriers are expected to begin transiting the bay of Green Bay on or around April 3.
The Coast Guard recommends members of the public who recreate on the ice, particularly those who fish, operate snowmobiles, or all-terrain vehicles on Sturgeon Bay or the bay of Green Bay, to plan their activities carefully.
They recommend using caution on the ice, and stay away from shipping channels. Ice breaking activity can weaken ice far beyond the tracks created by the icebreakers.
The Coast Guard also recommends users to find out the status of regional waterway closures and future planned ice breaking operations.