U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay. USCG photo

STURGEON BAY ⎯ U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Mackinaw and Mobile Bay will begin the break out of Green Bay and the Sturgeon Bay ship canal on March 14, 2022, the Coast Guard announced Thursday.

U.S. Oil will resume the shipment of fuel products to the Port of Green Bay at the end of the week.

The ‘Spring Break Out’ will prepare regional waterways in advance for tanker movements.

These ice-breaking operations will likely occur in areas used by recreational users, possibly including the Fox River, the Green Bay Entrance Channel, the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal, the Menominee River Entrance, and the waters of Green Bay from Minneapolis Shoal Light to the Fox River Entrance.

Next week, these icebreaking efforts will increase in frequency as ice conditions deteriorate and commercial navigation increases.

Regional ice coverage did not reach traditional levels of thickness from previous winters, according to the Coast Guard.

The weather forecast for the next seven to ten days calls for temperatures supporting the rapid deterioration of ice.

All snowmobile and all-terrain vehicle operators, ice fishermen, and other recreational users of the ice should recognize the instability of the ice, plan their activities carefully, and use caution near the ice, especially in proximity to charted navigation areas.