Coast Guard transitioning eight Great Lakes, year-round stations to seasonal posts
Beginning in the fall of 2016, the Ninth Coast Guard District will convert eight of its Great Lakes boat stations to seasonal summertime units. These stations will suspend operations prior to winter and resume in the spring when recreational boaters return. Resources will shift to a nearby “parent” stations, which will also handle any off-season responses.
These Great Lakes operations currently utilize personnel from 47 multi-mission boat stations positioned throughout all five Great Lakes. The people, platforms and facilities of these 47 units create an interconnected system designed to help meet Coast Guard mission requirements throughout the Great Lakes.
Seasonal stations are being created in the following communities:
- Muskegon, Michigan (parent station in Grand Haven)
- Ludington, Michigan (parent station in Manistee)
- Harbor Beach, Michigan (parent station in Port Huron)
- Station Frankfort, Michigan (parent station in Manistee)
- Kenosha, Wisconsin (parent station in Milwaukee)
- Two Rivers, Wisconsin (parent station in Sheboygan)
- Ashtabula, Ohio (parent station in Fairport)
- Lorain, Ohio (parent station in Cleveland Harbor)
The Coast Guard has traditionally operated seasonal units at eight other locations throughout the Great Lakes, as well as other stations throughout the United States with no impact on boating safety or response capability. In these locations the Coast Guard remained a vital part of the community and will continue to meet the public’s search and rescue expectations.
The Coast Guard is holding public meetings to inform the local citizenry and to answer questions.