ESCANABA - Recreational ice users, including those ice fishing, are being warned that the ports of Escanaba and Sturgeon Bay will remain open to shipping through the end of the month.
In a press release Wednesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers explained the Poe Lock in Sault Ste. Marie would remain open to allow commercial shipping traffic until Jan. 18.
As a result, the Bay of Green Bay shipping channel, which includes Escanaba's port, will continue to see vessels until they proceed to winter layup.
The Corps emphasized all recreational ice users should avoid shipping channels, use caution near the ice and plan activities carefully. Those ice fishing are warned to not place their ice shacks in the proximity of shipping channel.
For more information about the extension of the navigation season, contact the Sault Vessel Traffic Service at 635-3232 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At a glance
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers explained the Poe Lock in Sault Ste. Marie would remain open to allow commercial shipping traffic until Jan. 18.