Great Lakes Coast Guard announces it will not be using seasonal buoys in Upper St. Louis River

Great Lakes Coast Guard announces it will not be using seasonal buoys in Upper St. Louis River
CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard announced Wednesday that it will not be setting seasonal buoys 37 through 85 in the Upper St. Louis River above Clough Island in the vicinity of Spirit Lake, at the western edge of Lake Superior. Because of severe shoaling and lower than normal lake levels, reducing water depths to less than 2 feet in many places, the channel is considered very dangerous to navigate. The...

Coast Guard Cutter Alder prepares for ice season by removing aids to navigation in Great Lakes

Coast Guard Cutter Alder prepares for ice season by removing aids to navigation in Great Lakes
DULUTH, Minn. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Alder, a 225-foot Seagoing Buoy Tender homeported in Duluth, commenced removing and replacing aids to navigation last week as part of the annual Operation Fall Retrieve. Operation Fall Retrieve includes the removal or replacement of vulnerable lighted buoys with unlighted buoys better suited for ice. Moving ice, a distinguishing characteristic in...