Coast Guard warning residents of upcoming vessel transit on Pere Marquette Lake, on eastern Lake Michigan

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

The research vessel Sikuliaq is scheduled to transit through Pere Marquette Lake multiple times in order to gain access to Ludington’s Occidental Chemical Facility, Feb. 18-22. The vessel has ice-breaking capabilities.

All ice fishermen should remove their ice shacks and equipment from these areas. Snowmobilers, all-terrain vehicle operators and other recreational users of the ice should plan their activities carefully, avoid shipping channels, and use caution near these areas of operation.

Additional ice safety information can be found in the Coast Guard’s “Think Twice with Ice” safety brochure.

For additional information on the vessel transit, contact the Sault Ste. Marie Vessel Traffic Service at 906-635-3232 or via email at SOOTFC@USCG.MIL.

The Sikuliaq (pronounced “see-KOO-lee-auk”) is a new research vessel built by Marinette Marine Corporation in Marinette, Wis., for the National Science Foundation.

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