Coast Guard establishes Saginaw Bay and Lake Erie Islands regulated navigation areas for winter

DETROIT — The U.S. Coast Guard has amended its Great Lakes Regulated Navigation Areas to include two safety zones in the Lake Erie Islands, Ohio and Saginaw Bay, Michigan regions.

These zones will apply during the winter months to protect waterway users, vessels and mariners from hazards associated with winter conditions and navigation.

Any vessels wishing to enter these areas after noon on Saturday, January 6, 2018, are required to contact U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit at (313) 568-9560 to request permission at least 72 hours in advance. The availability of this information gives our units the ability to respond more quickly and efficiently in the event of an emergency.

These zones will be activated at noon on Saturday, January 6, 2018. More information on the zones can be found in the Federal Register.

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