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UPDATE: Madeline Island Ferry to End Trips after Friday

January 04, 2018 10:44 PM

The Madeline Island Ferry Line is finally getting a break after operating continuously for more than 1,000 days.

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The line announced Thursday that Friday will be its last day of operation due to thickening ice conditions. A windsled will begin service Saturday and will remain in operation until the ice either breaks up enough to allow the ferry to resume, or thickens enough to allow drivers to use an ice road.

The ice road is not open at this time.

The ferry line and windsled are the only public connection between the island in Lake Superior and the mainland unless the ice of Chequamegon Bay freezes enough to allow an ice road. Poor ice conditions forced the ferry to continue operating through the winters of 2016 and 2017.

With the windsled due to resume operations, La Pointe Police Chief William Defoe issued a news release reminding island residents that there is a four-day limit on parking in "Town Lot S," which is near the windsled operations.


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