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DNR reminds of mandatory ice shanty removal dates

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers that mandatory ice shanty removal dates are approaching. DNR conservation officers also encourage individuals venturing onto the ice to use extreme caution as temperatures begin to rise in the spring. (Photo Courtesy: Michigan DNR)

NORTHERN MICHIGAN (WPBN/WGTU) -- Mandatory ice shanty removal dates are fast approaching and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is reminding anglers that their shanties must be removed as soon as the ice is unable to safely support them, regardless of the date.

If you have an ice shanty on Lake St. Clair, you must remove it by sunset on Sunday, February 25.

Ice shanties in counties in the southern Lower Peninsula must be removed from the ice by midnight on Thursday, March 1.

If you have an ice shanty set up in the following counties, you are required to remove it by midnight on Thursday, March 15:

  • Alcona
  • Alpena
  • Antrim
  • Arenac
  • Bay
  • Benzie
  • Charlevoix
  • Cheboygan
  • Clare
  • Crawford
  • Emmet
  • Gladwin
  • Grand Traverse
  • Iosco
  • Isabella
  • Kalkaska
  • Lake
  • Leelanau
  • Manistee
  • Mason
  • Mecosta
  • Midland
  • Missaukee
  • Montmorency
  • Newaygo
  • Oceana
  • Ogemaw
  • Osceola
  • Oscoda
  • Otsego
  • Presque Isle
  • Roscommon
  • Wexford.

Ice shanties on the Michigan-Wisconsin boundary waters must be removed by midnight on Thursday, March 15 while shanties in all Upper Peninsula counties must be removed by midnight on Saturday, March 31.

Fishermen are still able to use ice shanties after the mandatory removal dates but must remove them daily from the ice.

Shanty owners whose structures fall through the ice are subject to penalties of up to 30 days in jail, fines of $100 to $500, or both.

If a shanty is removed by a government agency, the court can require the owner to reimburse that agency for an amount of up to three times the cost of removal.

If you would like to know more about the state's ice fishing regulations and shanty removal dates, see below:

DNR officers are also reminding people to use extra caution when venturing out on the ice as the temperatures begin to rise in the spring.

According to conservation officers, the repetitive thawing and refreezing of ice weakens its integrity, decreasing its ability to support additional weight from individuals, snowmobiles and shanties.

To learn more about staying safe while on the water or in the woods, visit the DNR website.

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