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Drummond Island Ice Bridge to Open

Release Date: 
January 14, 2014

Drummond Island, Mich. — U.S. Customs & Border Protection, reports that conditions are good for the time of year when the “Ice Bridge” forms between Canada and the United States.  The ice bridge was scheduled to be marked with signs and the tree line on Saturday, January 11, 2014. Once the ice bridge is established, CBP will begin staffing the reporting station on Friday, January 17. The opening and closure of this reporting station is subject to change contingent on weather and ice conditions.

“The ice bridge is a fun recreational link between the United States and Canada,” said Port Director Patrick Wilson. “Because of the continued reduction in snowmobile activity at the reporting station, the hours of operation will mirror those of the 2013 season.”

Travelers entering from Canada must report directly to the reporting station on Drummond Island during the established hours of 2–10 p.m. 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. 

For more information about obtaining a passport or passport card, please visit the Department of State website.  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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017