Release from the US Coast Guard
February 27, 2017 the U.S. Coast Guard will conduct ice breaking operations in the bay of Green Bay west of Sturgeon Bay, WI.
USCGC MOBILE BAY http://www.uscg.mil/d9/cgcMobileBay/ is scheduled to depart Sturgeon Bay, WI and transit to and from the bay of Green Bay. Monday morning. the cutter will embark scientists from NOAAs Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL https://www.glerl.noaa.gov/) and transport them to the ice west of the ship canal to document ice thickness and ice formations in conjunction with a satellite flyover. The ice 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 LT but south of Chambers Island. Every effort will be made to minimize the cutter’s wake and subsequent impact on the ice field.
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 (LCA) track lines as the ice is already in an advanced stage of deterioration due to above average temperatures, rain and fog.