Tug Michigan and Barge at Bay Ship.
Hope this keeps up. The past 4 winters were bad, with record breaking snow totals each year and cold temperatures. Last year at this time, we had 30 inches of snow, wind and frozen water everywhere.
Tug Oliver Moore, built in 1928Now Sturgeon Bay is iced over, but not very thick. I launched at Sunset Park on Christmas Eve and Sawyer Park on the 30th for a trip to Bay Ship and back. Late on January 6th, I was able to get out to Portage Park with enough time for a trip to the Ship Canal Entrance Light before darkness took over the short day.
Portage Park to Canal Route
Portage Park to the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal entrance
Sturgeon Bay Entrance Light
Portage ParkLiving here in the Midwest when winter arrives, the water freezes except out in open Lake Michigan. Usually it is difficult to find a decent place to launch because of the shore ice which can be a jumbled mess several feet thick.
Maybe the mild weather will keep up and we can get out next month just as easy too.