Stay off the Ice – Lake Superior Ice isn’t always Safe

Regional News from Cook County Minnesota.

Stay off the ice - Its dangerous

COOK COUNTY – Dozens of people, including children, have been seen going out on the ice in and around the Grand Marais Harbor, beyond the break wall, and area shores.

There is a very strong danger here. “The ice is not safe folks!” That is the message from Emergency Management & Public Information in Cook County.

“With Lake Superior’s constant movement under the ice, soft spots and shifting, there is no way to tell the depths and safety factor. Hypothermia can develop in no time with minimal exposure. We value the safety of our residents, visitors and responders – don’t take a chance. We don’t want curiosity to turn into an avoidable tragedy!”

This is a message that should also apply in Thunder Bay in the Harbour and the local rivers. Often even though it has been very cold, moving water under the ice can create spots where danger and very cold water along with the risk of hypothermia or drowning is present.