Coast Guard warning residents of upcoming commercial ice-breaking activities on Pere Marquette Lake

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — The Coast Guard is alerting residents, particularly ice fishermen and other recreational users of Pere Marquette Lake, of ice-breaking activities scheduled to begin Friday and last one week. The nearest towns to Pere Marquette Lake are Ludington and Scottville, Mich.

The tug Spartan and barge Spartan II, assisted by the tug Manitou, are scheduled to transit through Pere Marquette Lake for cargo deliveries Jan. 24-31.

The tugs and barge will make two transits, stopping at Ludington’s Occidental Chemical Facility. All ice fishermen should remove their ice shanties and equipment from these areas.

Recreational users of the ice should plan their activities carefully, avoid shipping channels, and use caution near these areas of operation.

The Coast Guard 9th District recently published their “Think Twice with Ice” safety brochure.

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