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Drummond Island ice bridge set to open

Tuesday, January 14, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION

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DRUMMOND ISLAND, MI — U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Office of Field Operations reports that conditions are good for the time of year when the “Ice Bridge” forms between Canada and the United States.  

The ice bridge was scheduled to be marked with signs and the tree line on Saturday, January 11, 2014.

Once the ice bridge is established, CBP will begin staffing the reporting station on Friday, January 17, 2014.

The opening and closure of this reporting station is subject to change contingent on weather and ice conditions.

“The ice bridge is a fun recreational link between the United States and Canada,” said Port Director Patrick Wilson.  “Because of the continued reduction in snowmobile activity at the reporting station, the hours of operation will mirror those of the 2013 season.”

Travellers entering from Canada must report directly to the reporting station on Drummond Island during the established hours of 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

The number of days that the reporting station is open has been reduced due to the low volume of people using the ice bridge.

The Drummond Island reporting station will be closed this year Monday through Thursday.  

The official CBP Reporting Station is located at the Drummond Island Yacht Haven Dock.

Entering at any other location or outside of these hours is prohibited and violators could be assessed a $5000 fine.

Planning ahead can expedite your crossing:

•       Proper documents include passports, passport cards, enhanced driver’s licenses and CBP’s Trusted Traveler Cards - NEXUS, FAST and SENTRI.
•       Be prepared to declare merchandise purchased or acquired in Canada.
•       Declare “Duty-Free goods” even if purchased at “Duty-Free” stores.
•       Before leaving for the trip, obtain a “Know Before You Go” brochure available on the CBP Web page, www.cbp.gov.
•       Do not attempt to bring unauthorized fruits, meats, and dairy products into the United States.
•       Do not attempt to import prohibited items, such as Cuban cigars.  A complete list of restricted/prohibited goods can be obtained at www.cbp.gov.

For more information about obtaining a passport or passport card, please visit the Department of State website at www.travel.state.gov.  

For additional information on states issuing enhanced driver’s licenses or any of CBP’s trusted traveler programs, which are document options under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), please visit the CBP website at www.cbp.gov.

CBP

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry.

CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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boilertyme 1/14/2014 11:53:58 AM Report

Screw that
Maxum02 1/14/2014 5:32:50 PM Report

Where is the Canadian side of the ice bridge? Can you go across Drummond Island to Cockburn and then to Manitoulin?
mrmoon 1/15/2014 12:33:16 AM Report

why is it always "terrorists"...nothing like keeping everyone afraid
opinionated 1/15/2014 8:30:52 PM Report

The tree line or the "bridge" goes to st joes, or I believe branches off to thessalon also. Completely different direction than cockburn. No marked trail all the way to manitoulin via the ice.
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