DNRE Reminds Anglers of Ice Shanty Removal Rules|
The Department of Natural Resources and Environment reminds anglers
that the dates for mandatory ice shanty removal are approaching. Anglers
are required to remove shanties as soon as the ice is unsafe to hold
them, regardless of the date.
Ice shanties must be removed from Lake St. Clair before sunset Feb.
In the northern Lower Peninsula, ice shanties need to be removed by
midnight on March 15. Counties included in the northern Lower Peninsula
are: 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 and Wexford.
In remaining counties of the southern Lower Peninsula, shanties must be
removed by midnight March 1. In the Upper Peninsula, shanties must be
removed by midnight March 31.
After mandatory removal dates, shanties may be placed on the ice on a
daily basis, but must be removed daily.
Shanty owners who allow the structures to fall through the ice are
subject of penalties of up to 30 days in jail, fines of not less than
$100 or more than $500 or both. If a shanty is removed by a government
agency, the court can require the owner to reimburse the government for
an amount of up to three times the cost of removals.
The DNRE is committed to the conservation, protection, management and
accessible use of the state’s environment, natural resources and
related economic interests for current and future generations.
Source: Michigan DNRE