Ice formations make their way down from Lake Huron under the Blue Water Bridge and into the St. Clair River at Port Huron.
By Robert Selwa, Macomb Daily Staff Writer March 25, 2003
The signs of nature indicate springtime. But on the waters of the Great Lakes, the signs of say otherwise. For on the Great Lakes, the great ice show continues.
It is the time when the ice that covered most of the Great Lakes this winter is beginning to break up and flow, often creating enormous and unusual formations.
When temperatures dipped as low as 14 below zero along the northern Michigan shore of Lake Huron in early March, Lake Huron froze over. It became the third of the Great Lakes to freeze, joining Lake Superior and Lake Erie. At the same time, much of Lake Michigan and Lake Ontario were covered by ice.
The ice becomes a wonderland of formations by the end of a winter, with dazzling scenery along the 3,200 miles of shoreline in Michigan.
Chunks of ice on Lake Huron flow into the St. Clair River at Port Huron. The flow continues through the St. Clair Flats. The ice was so substantial this year that the ferry to Harsen's Island had to suspend activity, and the populated island was isolated temporarily.
It is rare for a Great Lake to freeze over. Lake Erie because it is the most shallow, and Lake Superior because it is the most northern, are the two most likely to freeze over when a winter is unusually long and cold. Lake Michigan and Lake Ontario normally do not freeze over completely because they are deep and do not extend as far north.
One of the best places to see the magnificent ice show is Port Huron. The city is located where Lake Huron flows into the St. Clair River under the Blue Water Bridge.
Port Huron has extensive parkland along the St. Clair River, plus Lighthouse Park on Lake Huron, next to the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, one of the oldest working lighthouses on the Great Lakes.
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