US flag Official website of the Department of Homeland Security

Archived Content

In an effort to keep current, the archive contains content from a previous administration or is otherwise outdated.

Drummond Island Ice Bridge to Open

Release Date: 
February 26, 2016

DRUMMOND ISLAND, Mich. — It is that time of year again when the "Ice Bridge" forms between Canada and the United States. The ice bridge was marked with signs and the tree line on Tuesday, February 23, 2016. Once the ice bridge is established, CBP will begin staffing the reporting station today, February 26. The opening and closure of this reporting station is subject to change contingent on weather and ice conditions. Staffing of the reporting station is not an endorsement that the ice bridge is safe to cross.

Snowmobilers watch the annual dog sled race on Drummon Island

Snowmobilers watch the annual dog sled race on Drummond Island

Travelers entering from Canada must report directly to the reporting station on Drummond Island during the established hours of 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm Friday through Sunday. The number of days that the reporting station is open has been reduced due to the low volume of people using the ice bridge. The Drummond Island reporting station will be closed this year Monday through Thursday. The official CBP Reporting Station is located at the Drummond Island Yacht Haven Dock. Entering at any other location or outside of these hours is prohibited and violators could be assessed a $5000.00 fine.

Planning ahead can expedite your crossing:

  • 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,
  • 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

For more information about obtaining a passport or passport card, please visit the Department of State website at For additional information on states issuing enhanced driver’s licenses or any of CBP’s trusted traveler programs, which are document options under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), please visit the CBP website at .

Last modified: 
July 18, 2019