Ice Bridge

There’s a first time for everything… I finally got myself out on the ice bridge!

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You might recognize the picture above, but if you don’t, it’s the boardwalk! You can see how much snow has accumulated up here (actually, this picture is a couple weeks old and the wall of snow is much higher now!) The ice bridge that connects Mackinac Island to St. Ignace has been here for several months now, and people from all over have been making good use of it. And on my first trip over, I had to make sure to take a couple of photos.

My adventure took place a couple of weeks ago, on a sunny weekend with lots of people out and about on their snowmobiles. I didn’t start out at British Landing, where you can find one of the two ice bridge trails… instead, I took the “B-Line,” which starts at the end of the boardwalk:

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I figured if I get too scared to stop later in the trip that I should take a picture at the first tree!

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As you can clearly see, the ice bridge has snowmobile tracks that extend a fair amount away from the trees. But, don’t ever make a detour off the path! You may not end up at your destination… !

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Halfway through, and I decided that I could stop. We found a patch of ice not covered in snow, and tried to see how thick the ice was at that particular spot:

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Once on the St. Ignace side, I breathed a sigh of relief/pumped a fist in the air for my first trip over. Fun stuff! We even ran into some tourists making their first trip over and they actually asked us for directions! We told them to follow the trees. Since my first trip I’ve gone across the ice bridge another 4 times, and it has really been a good year for a bridge. If you’ve never been, always go with a buddy! And of course, always always ALWAYS, be careful and take all precautions while traveling the straits.

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8 thoughts on “Ice Bridge

  1. Pam Day

    Wow, Heather. I “think” I would like to do that but then I remember what the Straits look while crossing on the ferry. Yikes! It does look like fun though. Are there huge “ice waves ” off the shores of Mackinac ? I’ve seen pictures but they don’t look real. Stay safe !!!

  2. Mark

    Great photos, Heather! As I mentioned in a previous blog entry that crossing the ice makes you are braver that I am! One question about this years ice-bridge… I noticed in recent photos of downtown the huge amount of sleds and people that are crossing to the Island every day. Do you ‘year-rounders’ find that it is ‘too busy’ this winter? I would think that after the hectic tourist season that you would look forward to the solitude of having the Island all to yourselves for the winter.
    Thanks again for the update,
    ~Mark

  3. Megan

    Great photos Heather! We’ve had some adventurers here, too. I just read a blog post about a small group that hiked to North Manitou Island. Then yesterday I saw a facebook post of a group of three people that hiked to Beaver Island…that one sounded a little more crazy to me :).

  4. Kate

    i was just wondering if there are people still crossing the ice bridge? headed up this weekend and wondering if the conditions were still good to cross?

    1. heathermay

      Hey Kate, I’m sorry I didn’t get to your message on time, but I’m assuming you found out already if the ice bridge was good 2 weeks ago! I can definitely tell you that no one’s crossing it now!

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