Coast Guard urges safe practices, proper planning for ‘Float Down’ participants

PORT HURON, Mich. — The U.S. Coast Guard, Canadian Coast Guard, and multiple state and local agencies are advising the boating public that a section of the St. Clair River will be closed to all motor vessel traffic between noon and 8 p.m., Sunday, due to multiple personal floats.

The area between Lighthouse Beach in Port Huron, Michigan, and Chrysler Beach in Marysville, Michigan, will be a designated safety zone and will be closed to motor vessel traffic during the unsanctioned “Float Down.” The event typically brings upwards of 2,000 people floating on the river current with many different types of pool floats.

All traffic requesting to enter the published safety zone must receive approval from the patrol commander, Coast Guard Station Port Huron, via VHF-FM channel 21A.

The Coast Guard recommends that all those taking part in the event have and use proper personal safety equipment.

Wearing a life jacket and having a way to alert others of possible distress, such as a whistle or marine radio, is highly encouraged for all participants. It is also recommended that participants monitor the local weather and water temperature before and during the float.

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