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Keep Clear of Dangerous Shoreline Ice

2/9/2021 – Though our Lake Michigan beaches and shorelines can transform into a frozen beauty over the winter months, getting too close to the shoreline or venturing out on the ice can be deadly. Ice near the shore, known as “shelf ice,” is a gradual build-up of ice that forms a shelf over the water. Because it is difficult to distinguish where the beach ends and the water begins, and the ice is very unstable, it is easy to fall in and get trapped by the rushing water below and the slippery sides of the ice.

The Park District urges visitors to keep their distance from the shoreline and unstable ice formations when visiting our beaches.