DRUMMOND ISLAND, MI – Drummond Island announced this week that the ice bridge connecting it to Canada is officially open.
People are invited to pick their favorite winter transportation method to make the trek from Drummond Island, which sits just off the eastern edge of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, to Canada’s St. Joseph island.
“Experience the ride of a lifetime – cross over the ice from Drummond Island USA to St. Joseph Island … via snowmobile, bicycle, aero sleigh, dog sled or any mode of transportation you desire,” Drummond tourism officials said in an announcement posted on the island’s Facebook page on Monday.
The 12-mile ice bridge typically uses a combination of Christmas trees and reflectors to help guide travelers between the two country’s islands.
Travelers entering from Canada must go directly to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection reporting station at the Drummond Island Yacht Haven Dock anytime from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
The island reporting station is closed Monday through Thursday. The schedule was reduced because there has been a lower volume of people using the ice bridge.
If you enter the U.S. from the ice bridge at another location, or outside of these reporting station hours, you could be slapped with a $5,000 fine.
Here are more travel tips and guidelines Drummond Island tourism officials and the CBP is providing to ice bridge users this winter:
- 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.