U.S. Coast Guard

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The U.S. Coast Guard is preparing to begin icebreaking operations in northwestern Lake Michigan. 

The cutters Mackinaw and Mobile Bay are scheduled to begin work Tuesday on Green Bay. It's part of the annual spring mission of clearing a path for shipments of fuel products to the Port of Green Bay.

Officials say operations will take place in areas used by recreational users. Among them will be the Fox River Entrance Channel, the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal, Menominee River Entrance and the waters of Little Bay de Noc near Escanaba.

MILWAUKEE, WI--   The U.S. Coast Guard continues to break ice in the Bay of Green Bay.

During Operation Taconite ice breaking transits will increase in frequency the first three weeks of this month. Tracks will be established and maintained from Rock Island Passage to the Fox River, to include Marinette/Menominee and Sturgeon Bay.

The Coast Guard recommends all recreational ice users plan their activities carefully, dress appropriately, use caution on the ice, and stay away from shipping channels.

UPDATE, 8/20/17:  The Coast Guard suspended its search Sunday, pending further information or developments.


MILWAUKEE, WI--   The Coast Guard, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and local agencies are searching for a kayaker who went missing Saturday in Green Bay near Horseshoe Island off of Peninsula State Park. 

DETOUR VILLAGE, MI--   A U.S. Coast Guardsman who lost his life more than 46 years ago while serving at the DeTour Reef Lighthouse was honored Thursday.

Members of area Coast Guard units and the DeTour Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society held a ceremony in DeTour Village for Don Ashley, Jr., 22, of Green Bay. He was making a trip on March 30, 1971 from the lighthouse to the village to retrieve supplies and another coast guardsman when his 16-foot boat capsized in icy conditions. A large wave washed over Ashley and he never resurfaced. His remains were never recovered.

Vessel grounded in St. Marys River freed

Aug 14, 2017

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The cargo vessel Calumet, a 629-foot ship that ran aground on the north side of Sugar Island Wednesday, was re-floated Friday, at approximately 8:50 PM, after the Coast Guard approved a salvage plan submitted by the vessel’s owner.  

The St. Marys River, which had been closed to commercial vessel traffic from the Soo Locks to Six Mile Point following the grounding, was reopened at 9:30 p.m. Friday after the Army Corp of Engineers surveyed the bottom of the river in the vicinity of the grounding and found that no debris was obstructing the channel.

U.S. Coast Guard

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   A freighter has run aground in the St. Marys River in Sault Ste. Marie.

The Coast Guard reports the 629-foot Calumet ran aground on the northern side of Sugar Island Wednesday around 11:40 p.m. It wasn’t carrying any cargo. 

The freighter was coming from Essar Steel in the Soo, Ontario and was headed to Brevort, Michigan when it became stuck.

Officials say no injuries are reported and no pollution has been detected.

MACKINAW CITY, MI (AP)--   A decommissioned U.S. Coast Guard cutter that served the Great Lakes and the nation during World War II is raising money for a stem-to-stern renovation.

A crowdfunded campaign has been created for the Icebreaker Mackinaw, which was commissioned in 1944 and served 62 years. The nonprofit Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum seeks funds to sandblast, prime and paint all exterior surfaces and make other significant repairs.

Duffel blog

CLEVELAND (AP) — U.S. Coast Guard stations that watch over the Great Lakes say they're seeing a huge jump in fake distress calls.
The Coast Guard says more than 160 hoax calls have been made across the Great Lakes so far this year. That's nearly triple the number they had at this time last year.
Capt. Joseph McGilley of the Coast Guard's Cleveland-based Great Lakes unit says hoax calls put boaters at risk because they can divert search and rescue responders during real emergencies.

DETROIT, MI--   The Coast Guard is cautioning people that while the weather might be warm, Great Lakes temperatures are still cold. 

Officials say even if the air feels hot the water temperatures of Lakes Superior, Michigan, and Huron are only in the high 30s to low 50s.

Mike Baron, Recreational Boating and Water Safety Specialist for the 9th Coast Guard District, says water as warm as 76 degrees is still considered cold an is a significant risk for those unprepared for sudden immersion.

CLEVELAND, OH--   The U.S. Coast Guard has finished buoy operations on the Great Lakes earlier than expected. 

Operation Spring Restore involved the re-installment of more than 1,200 federal navigational aids, including lighted and unlighted buoys and beacons. The effort wrapped up Tuesday, five days ahead of schedule. Due to a light ice year crews were able to start operations on March 14—a full two weeks earlier than normal.