Another sign spring is coming – ice shanty removal dates announced

Call it another sign spring is on the way – the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is reminding anglers that mandatory ice shanty removal dates are quickly approaching.

In fact, shanties on Lake St. Clair, northeast of Detroit, had to be removed before sunset Sunday.

Shanties in the northern Lower Peninsula must be removed by midnight Monday, March 15. That encompasses 33 counties including Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Iosco, Montmorency, Oscoda and Presque Isle. Ice shanties in the remaining counties of the Lower Peninsula must be removed by midnight Monday, March 1.

Shanty owners whose structures fall through the ice are subject to penalties of up to 30 days in jail, fines up to $500, or both. If a shanty is removed by a government agency, the court can require the owner to reimburse that agency for up to three times the cost of removal.

Daily use of ice shanties is permitted anywhere in Michigan if they are removed from the ice at the end of each day.