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Drummond Island Ice Bridge to Reopen

Release Date: 
January 19, 2011

Drummond Island, Mich. - It is that time of year again when the "Ice Bridge" between Canada and the United States forms. The ice bridge is scheduled to be marked as of Saturday, January 22. Once the ice bridge is established, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will begin staffing the reporting station on Sunday, January 23.

Travelers entering the U.S. from Canada via the ice bridge must report directly to the reporting station on Drummond Island during the established hours of 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM Wednesday through Sunday. The Drummond Island reporting station is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. The official CBP Reporting Station is located at the Drummond Island Yacht Haven Dock. Entering the U.S. via the ice bridge at any other location or outside of these hours is prohibited.

In addition to having the proper documents, planning ahead can expedite your crossing.

  • Proper documents include passports, passport cards, enhanced driver's licenses and CBP's Trusted Traveler Cards (NEXUS and FAST).
  • Be prepared to declare merchandise purchased or acquired in Canada.
  • Declare "Duty-Free goods" even if purchased at "Duty-Free" stores.
  • Do not attempt to bring unauthorized fruits, meats, and dairy products into the United States.
  • Do not attempt to bring Cuban cigars, as they are a prohibited item.
  • Even before leaving for the trip, obtain a "Know Before You Go" brochure available on the CBP Web page.

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 also alternatives under the new requirements, please visit the CBP website.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017