Lake Superior Ice-Breaking to Begin

The U.S. Coast Guard will begin Lake Superior icebreaking operations on March 20. The U.S. Coast Guard will begin Lake Superior icebreaking operations on March 20. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

Updated: March 14, 2019 11:04 AM

Ice-breaking operations on Lake Superior are set to begin next week.

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The U.S. Coast Guard says the cutters Alder and Mackinaw will enter Lake Superior around Wednesday, March 20, to begin ice-breaking for the upcoming shipping season. They will begin in Whitefish Bay, on the far eastern part of the lake, and eventually make their way to Duluth-Superior.

It's not known exactly when the cutters will arrive in the Twin Ports.  The Coast Guard plans to keep the Alder in the Twin Ports area after the ice-breaking is complete.

Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley is expected to join the Alder and Mackinaw to help break ice in Whitefish Bay, and then head to Thunder Bay. Another Canadian ship may join the trio after breaking ice on Lake Erie, depending on the severity of ice on Lake Erie.

The Soo Locks are scheduled to open on March 25.

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